Kinect launching on November 20 in Japan, first video of Dr Kawashima Kinect game

Wednesday, 8th September 2010 08:48 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Microsoft’s announced this morning it will launch Kinect in Japan on November 20.

Xbox Japan boss Takashi Sensui confirmed the news at a press conference in Tokyo.

The camera will come bundled with Kinect Adventures for ¥14,800.

Hardware bundles consist of the camera and a 4Gb for ¥29,800, with a 250Gb flavour available for ¥39,800.

He also detailed some of the launch titles for the country for the motion camera, including:

  • Kinect Sports
  • Sonic Free Riders
  • Dance Evolution
  • Crossboard 7

Kinect Fitness and Kinectimals are out before the end of the year in Japan, while Kinect Joy Ride launches next year.

Microsoft also confirmed a launch title coming from Dr. Kawashima and Namco Bandai, known roughly as “Lead: New Brain Training Where You Answer With Your Body”.

The game lets you train with your body through body exercises, with input from Dr. Kawashima, the man behind the successful Brain Age games for Nintendo DS.

Here’s footage of the game in action:

Some of the mini-games mentioned in the presser include football, a game where you must control a ramp to let a car go down to the correct coloured lane, one where you pop balloons in a time limit, and another where you must guide Pac-Man with one hand to some fruit with the other.

Look, see:

Thanks, Andriasang.



  1. Blerk

    “Lead: New Brain Training Where You Answer With Your Body”


    #1 4 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Video added.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Cunning, very cunning Mr. MS.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. mington


    #4 4 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Different, wouldn’t mind giving it a go.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Dannybuoy

    I’m sorry but that looks rubbish.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. AHA-Lambda

    oh ffs! >:(

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Robo_1

    Surely much of what made Brain Training such a success, was firstly the novelty of the concept, (something which has long worn off) and the ease with which you could quickly respond to the questions on the screen.

    Seeing those floating hand pointers completing similar acts as a quick stylus press, indicates that this is merely going to be a more cumbersome version of the concept.

    I have the feeling that after having now cracked most of the hardware problems, MS themselves are coming to the stark realisation that doing anything useful and fun with this hardware is going to be incredibly difficult.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. 2plus2equals5

    Millions of copies sold!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. No_PUDding

    I feel they are totally missing the point of BRAIN training.

    Maybe use the speech part.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. DaMan

    er, no they aren’t, this isn’t psyche training.

    #11 4 years ago

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