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Images: Nintendo shoots for older players

Best known for Game Boy, "Mario" and "Pokemon" for younger kids, Nintendo is using brain games to hook older players.
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Brain Age

The video game company best known for Game Boy, "Mario" and "Pokemon" for kids is campaigning for older players with its "Touch Generation" games for the Nintendo DS handheld game system. Featured under the new orange logos are games that are mostly short mind-challenging puzzles and that don't require a great deal of control maneuvering.

On Monday, Nintendo is releasing a Touch Generation game for fans of Soduku puzzles, "Soduku Gridmaster." Left is an image from "Brain Age."

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Soduku

With the Touch Generation in mind, Nintendo plans to release "Soduku Gridmaster" for the Nintendo DS game player on June 26. The game features 400 puzzles that can be played on the go and saved for finishing later. Columns, rows and smaller grid highlights can be used to help with tougher puzzles.

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Touch Generations

Nintendo's Touch Generations site aims to appeal to adults who are looking to play games that are simple yet challenging--and without the blood and gore.

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Brain Age

Nintendo is using testimonials from middle-aged game players to promote "Brain Age."

Gamespot describes the game: "The focus of the game's educational aspect is that the activities on display are designed to activate your prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls how you apply what you know. The theory is that by flexing this part of your dome with basic math problems and memorization, you can sharpen your intelligence." Here is the full review.

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Big Brain Academy

"Big Brain Academy" is a follow-up to "Brain Games." People play one game chosen at random from each category, and the resulting score is meant to correspond how you think, Gamespot says.

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Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS Lite is a smaller version of the original DS gaming system. It has two screens, capable of presenting 3D images, with the lower one being touch-sensitive. The system also has built-in wireless networking for multiplayer games and text messaging.

Nintendo is gearing up for a fall 2006 launch of it's new console Wii with its motion-sensitive game controllers.

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True Swing

"True Swing Golf" puts Touch Generation players at the country club. Here's what Gamespot had to say about it.

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Magnetica

"Magnetica," released on June 5, is another Touch Generations puzzle game, where the player tries to control colored balls.

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