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Brain Age

Carey got Brain Age, the Nintendo DS "game," from her brother today and we had some difficulty in playing it. Though I'm "fast as a train" at the math problems, I was only at a "bicycle" level on the "say the color of the word" test. The game, as played on a DS Lite, doesn't seem to understand the word "blue" when I say it. It has even less success when Carey says it, and in fact stopped the game and said "I can't hear you properly" before moving her to the non-speaking tests.

As such, despite getting all the words correct but having to say "blue" repeatedly before it was accepted, my "brain age" was determined to be 56. 😛 Carey, who skipped that test, got an ideal brain age of 20. 😛

Is the DS Lite defective? How should one pronounce the word "blue" in order to have the game recognize it? Do you say "buh-loo" or "bl-ewwww" or what? "Red" and "Yellow" and "Black" have no problems and are recognized immediately.

8 Responses to "Brain Age"

  1. Did you import your DS Lite? I seem to remember a while ago some stories about imported DS Lites not liking the word "Blue".

  2. No, it's a standard U.S. DS Lite. My success rate saying "blue" is about 25%. Carey's was probably 10% or less.

  3. I've had trouble with "Blue" sometimes -- though it's not nearly that bad. It works for me about 95% of the time. I'm using a Phat DS btw. I know the Lite DS moved the placement of the mic.

    Good luck.

  4. My girlfriend has the same complaint. I think it's the game, not the hardware.

  5. Try Brrue 🙂

  6. It's the game. My wife and I have the same problem with Brain Age and "blue".

  7. "Yew" works for me.

  8. For me it's the word black. Must have repeated it 7 times with no success, I just keep getting try again notices. Probably why it gave me a 73 age rating!

    A few months earlier I had found the book in the bookstore by the same doctor called Train Your Brain with all the same exercises. Look out for it, or find it at amazon if you want to get the most out of this process.