Nintendo have been around for a good while now, coming to light in the 90’s as their home video game consoles began to sell in masses. With an appeal and a brand that always keeps children in mind, thanks to loveable and inoffensive characters like Mario, Donkey Kong and the adorable Pikmin. What keeps Nintendo afloat in an industry that is now heavily dominated by 30+ year old males is its ability to innovate.
The Japanese company has a knack for bringing to light weird and wonderful ideas that other companies just wouldn’t risk executing. With a broad and wholesome family ideology that is driven through games that are balanced enough to entertain kids and challenge adults, the company has a corner of the market that it seems it cannot be moved from. With their unique software comes the gaming systems we all know and love, from the unforgettable Gameboy game the rise of games you could put in your pocket. Today that game system is far more advanced and even tougher to detach from.
The Nintendo DS is the company’s portable masterpiece, this handheld console is a piece of magic in itself that the company continues to expand on today with its 3D technology. Using two screens instead of one to view and interact with games really changed how people played, and of course also drastically changed the types of games available. The touch screen allowed new styles of gameplay to blossom all while making an experience even the youngest children could get to grips with. Today some of Nintendo’s greatest tools for learning are all crammed into these fun portable foldable boxes.
Big Brain Academy
Made as a more child-friendly version of the widely popular game Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training, Big Brain Academy uses minigames as a means to get players learning. Testing you with quick maths, memory puzzles and more, the game assesses your performance and tries to find your strengths and weaknesses. This is the type of game that rarely existed before, where challenges that would be posed in a classroom setting are now played at people’s leisure. The game has lots of content to get through and encourages players to improve their skills constantly. A great purchase for children or adults trying to keep their minds sharpened.
My French Coach/My Spanish Coach
Learning a new language can be tough on most people, though the younger you are the better your chances of success. With this in mind teaching your children a second language early on can be vital to their ability to attach to it. Being multilingual not only opens new doors and opportunities but studies show that the brains of people who speak more than one language can comprehend information better than those who don’t. Enter the My coach games. These titles are once again designed to disguise the learning process behind play, which they do in several ways. As it tracks the ability of players it throws words into games like whac-a-mole that instantly appeal to young ones. With a dictionary that holds nearly 10,000 words you will be wondering why you ever had a textbook in school.