The brain-training craze has swept the world, bringing nongamers into the gaming fray and placing sudoku puzzles everywhere. The series of original Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training (Brain Age in the US) games, along with the numerous spin-offs, task gamers with a variety of reading and arithmetic exercises that supposedly boost brain power.
Following along this road, one Japanese developer has stumbled upon what it thinks will be the next big thing--"therapy" on your Nintendo DS. Instead of daily brain training, users are asked to participate in "daily heart aeorobics."
It seems the game will ask users a series of Cosmopolitan magazine-style quizzes, which will then be "checked against up-to-date psychology findings." Topics include romantic love, money, the future, and personal relationships. The game will feature four stylish "doctors"--Kota, Saya, Reina, and Shun, who will aid the gamers on their paths to mental well-being. It will also feature illustrations by Kaori Wakamatsu.
Dimple Entertainment, a Tokyo-based publisher and developer, has previously published Japanese adventure games Ayaka Shibito and Mahoroba Stories for the PlayStation 2.
DS Therapy will be released in Japan on May 24 for 4,800 yen--there is currently no information about releases in other territories.