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Brain Age Express: Sudoku (known in Japan as "Chotto Brain Training: Sudoku" and in Europe & Australia as "A Little Bit of... Dr Kawashima's Brain Training Sudoku") is an edition of the DSiWare game series Brain Age Express. The series was invented by Nintendo System Development Division & Dr. Ryuta Kawashima and is playable on the Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL, and any console of The Nintendo 3DS Family. This Sudoku edition featured about 100 Sudoku puzzles divided into 3 difficulties: Basic, Medium, and Advanced. There was also a Brain Age Check with three puzzles: Number Memory, Connect Maze and High Number. Like several games in the Brain Age franchise, it's intended to be played with the console turned sideways. BAE: S was released in 2009: April 22 for Japan, July 24 for Europe & Australia, and August 17 for North America. For unknown reasons, it was taken down from the DSi Shop and 3DS eShop on June 19, 2015. Since then, the game has been lost to time. Some photographs online are all that's confirmed to remain of the visuals of the game. No remaining audio is known. (With the cancellation of Nintendo DSi Shop on March 31, 2017 and future cancellation of 3DS Nintendo eShop in Late March 2023, it will soon be impossible to directly buy the other 2 games, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters and Brain Age Express: Math. Thankfully, they have a lot of record on the Internet and are pre-installed on every Nintendo DSi XL [except the Math edition wasn't pre-installed on European or Australian DSi XLs], which are ultra-easy to find online despite cancelled production. This means those 2 could survive the test of time.)

Screenshots

https://bit.ly/3DobLsd https://bit.ly/3ISX2Xs https://bit.ly/3DoqqnC (cropped screenshot) https://imdb.to/3iLoPyI https://bit.ly/3uFBKr9 https://bit.ly/35ovE68 https://bit.ly/3uGcDVe https://bit.ly/36BxLEc

Through Box: https://bit.ly/3j3qmQO (Poor quality) https://bit.ly/3KaRsBi (Upside-down) https://bit.ly/3iZ7mma

Photograph of thumbnail: https://bit.ly/3LJhxrH (Yellow one)

Updates

1. Thankfully, via online shopping, it is possible to find some DSis that were involved in The Brain Age Collection bundle, which pre-installed BAE: S on select white DSis. Hopefully, someone with one posts video footage of the game. The bundle was only released in the USA (though people in foreign nations can buy it online).

2. According to NeoGAF user Chrom, there was a gameplay video that has also been lost: https://www.neogaf.com/threads/brain-age-express-sudoku-removed-from-nintendo-eshop.1066937/ Confirmation from others would be appreciated. Chrom's comment also indicates that the game was lost basically as soon as it (along with the video) was taken down.

3. The Japanese commercial for the game has been found, and the commercial features a little bit of gameplay, including a few sound effects! We now also know the official Japanese cover image for the game. This is a great find! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QejyDY2Ub6w

4. It's looking more and more like victory is ours! A huge amount of gameplay footage has been found! Spanish YouTuber adrianstiles has played the game before and he recorded himself doing it! https://bit.ly/3tKUM06 https://bit.ly/3IMPtBy https://bit.ly/3wGU1XN https://bit.ly/36WmdLG https://bit.ly/3DrqJhq https://bit.ly/3LjaLbK https://bit.ly/3IOsg26 https://bit.ly/3LhcQEY https://bit.ly/3IOGujg https://bit.ly/3IGSJOY https://bit.ly/36Tr686 https://bit.ly/3ux1Z3f https://bit.ly/3NqQToZ https://bit.ly/3wKLsev https://bit.ly/36TCDUQ https://bit.ly/36RxHjq https://bit.ly/3LpqQwq https://bit.ly/3LqFrIj https://bit.ly/3tIdjdv https://bit.ly/3JQ8TXw https://bit.ly/3DqE4GD https://bit.ly/3uvzx1A https://bit.ly/3wENaOK As this is only Spanish, however, other language footage would be appreciated. Shoot, even find some more Spanish footage if you can. Also, legal uploads or recreations of the game are especially desired. That would be the best in terms of making Brain Age Express: Sudoku found media!

5. Wow, we have all the contents from the game playable! Something not mentioned in the first section of this article is that this isn't the only Brain Age game that can play Number Memory, Connect Maze, and High Number. Anyway, come to find out, Dr Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch, a Nintendo Switch game released in South Korea instead of North America (but that can be bought by North Americans online), uses the same 116 Sudoku puzzles as Brain Age Express: Sudoku! https://bit.ly/3qMWxYZ https://bit.ly/36vAsr3. Additional confirmation of this would be appreciated, though.

6. There's apparently another Japanese commerical, one with FAR more gameplay than the other one. It's been found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZO6hl6xSr0

7. Wow, even outside the Brain Age Collection bundle, consoles with Brain Age Express: Sudoku installed prior to the takedown could still be popping up online! Here's a DSi that sold in April 2022 and had BAE: S installed: https://www.mercari.com/us/item/m50872245867/

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