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Make 10: A Journey to Europe

Tashiten: Tashite 10 Ni Suru Monogatari recently appeared on the OFLC's ratings database in Australia, and has now been officially announced in ... Europe (a.k.a. Land of the Training Game), where it will be released as Make 10: A Journey of Numbers.

That title is something of a misnomer, for the game is really only about one number. In over 30 different minigames, players have to add or subtract numbers to make ten, all while being guided through the "Make 10 Kingdom" by a pixie called "Num Diddly." They'll crowbar a story into anything nowadays, we suppose. Still, it's refreshing to see a Nintendo-published non-game abandon the austere presentation of Brain Training/Math Training, and opt for something more colorful.

Whereas Make 10 launched on the tenth day of the tenth month last year in Japan, the European version has a thoroughly unfunny release date: September 26th. If we can no longer find humor in release schedules, what else is there?

[Via press release]

Nintendo planning to Make 10 in Australia

It looks like the latest of Nintendo's training games to get localized will be Tashiten: Tashite 10 Ni Suru Monogatari, a Nintendo-published math training/adventure game about adding up to 10 in various, clever ways. A game called Make 10: A Journey of Numbers, developed by Tashiten developers Muu Muu, is now listed on Australia's OFLC ratings database.

If past training games are any indication, we can expect to see Make 10 in both Europe and Australia, where it will be a high-profile release -- but not high-profile enough for Nintendo of America to care.

After the break, we've embedded a short, adorable commercial.

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Math geeks can get their fix through the DS

No longer must you resort to watching the copy of Revenge of the Nerds you have sitting on your iPod or running out to the backseat of your car to fondle your old Apple II while on break at work. Now, you can get a good helping of geek by booting up your DS!

The significant bit of news here seems to be that someone has made it possible to run a computer algebra system on the DS, allowing the user to perform calculus on polynomials and solve and simplify equations. We won't lie, our absolute worst subject back in school was math, but luckily our post-school report card has high marks in searching on Wikipedia. The application that makes this all possible is called Mathomatic.

Mathomatic itself has been available for quite some time now, however we've just gotten hip to the whole thing. So, we apologize if this is an old and dusty hat you're being forced to wear right now. For the rest of you, geek out!

Maths Training packed with ... math

Listen, we know you might have expected llamas or butts or something in Professor Kageyama's Maths Training, but the recent screens that surfaced indicate that it's gonna be full of math. Numbers. And, apparently, lots of lightning-bolt-squiggle-four-three-two hybrids or something, because we don't know what is going on in this shot. We can only surmise that someone needs Handwriting Training, or that this is an early stealth advertisement for such a title. Also, there's some Hundred Cell Calculation Methodizing going on, but we'd rather focus on the simpler, funnier side, because all those numbers make our eyeballs go curiously melty.

If you happen to really like math, click on through to the other side to see more number-packed screens.

Learn kanji, math, and breakdancing with Masu x Masu 2



With the trickle of DS training games from Japan well on the way to becoming an avalanche, it was always likely that publishers would push their products in increasingly novel ways. At least, that can be the only explanation behind this lovably bonkers advert for Shogakukan's kanji and math trainer Masu x Masu 2.

We haven't the faintest idea about how the creators linked breakdancing with kanji and math, but we do know this: we now very strongly believe that more games should be advertised with breakdancing. Don your helmet and windmill your way past the post break for a second trailer.

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Tashiten: training to the power of ten

Nintendo's new math game will teach you to recognize ten in its natural habitat. Tashiten: Tashite 10 Ni Suru Monogatari is all about adding and subtracting to make onscreen numbers add up to 10.

That sounds really limiting, but the screenshots show at least five different games, all based on making numbers add up to 10. Apparently the game contains more than 30 different tasks.

Naturally, this game will release on October 10, at a cost of 1000 yen 4800 yen (we suppose that making money supercedes keeping to a theme.)

Genius DS wants to train your brain



With all this brain training going on, one wonders just how long before DS aficionados start racking up the patents and the Nobel Prizes. Maybe we're just not quite there yet. We need to train further. Well, don't despair, future genius inventors, there's yet another edutainment title on the horizon, and it's coming to stretch your gray matter.

Genius DS - Equal Cards is slated for this summer, and seems to be primarily a math-influenced title, and the math puzzles use cards that must be sorted. Sounds riveting.

Arithmetic trainer for the mathematically challenged

Japanese folk, both young and old, who lack the foundations of a healthy mathematics knowledge may partake in rigorous exercises allowing one to confront their demons (with impeccable Algebra skills) and, ultimately defeat them with math skills of their own. It's a war where the sevens eat nines (ynuck ynuck) ...

With various schools of math being present, the game looks like (and we're going on Google translation here) it takes you through all of math's different problems such as subtraction and division, progressing on to more difficult exercises as the player solves them.

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