Nintendo launches face training game
Pull faces, look younger
Nintendo's creative department must be in overdrive as the Japanese console giant is poised to release software aimed at making users look younger.
The games package, called Otona no DS Kao Training, is being released along with a new camera for the Nintendo DS portable console. The camera video records a user's face as they play the game. The theory behind the game, which is based on a Japanese concept called "facening", is that by doing certain facial exercises, you can make your skin more elastic and have a prettier face.
The new device presents an interesting challenge to potential users. The DS is a portable device, but finding an appropriate setting to partake in face training exercises may prove difficult. Making weird and wacky faces while on a train or bus could potential help users to look younger, but other passengers might not react too favourably.
Face training is just the latest in a series of left-field ideas from Nintendo. Actress Nicole Kidman recently became the face of the Nintendo DS game More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima: How Old Is Your Brain? Kidman appears in advertisements for the game which is aimed at stimulating the mind through a series of exercises and challenges.
The most notable release in Nintendo's attempts to move away from the traditional concept of gaming was the release of the Wii console in 2006, which uses wand-like controllers.
The DS camera with Otona no DS Kao Training will go on sale in Japan on 2 August at a cost of ¥4,800 ($39/£19/€29).
Copyright © 2007 ENN
Besides They've got to pass my "ban wankers from posting to el-reg" act first.
I think this should be banned
It was established in the "Criminal Justice, Immigration & Tesco Club card Bill" that the government doesn't need to show evidence of a problem that needs to be fixed in order to lock people up.
It only needs to *hypothesize* that there *might* be a problem. Even if we're talking about throwing people in jail, ruining their lives and creating life long criminals, which obviously would be a real problem.
Therefore it follows that I don't need to show why Nintendo face training game should be banned to fix a problem. I merely point that by making faces look younger, it is possible to make a naked model on the internet appear to look like a child. That this is sick and nobody should condone such a thing. It will send a strong message to these people that their sick little games will not be accepted in our country.
I will promote a bill immediately to ban it.
Labour MP Martin Salter
P.S. I want a bill banning identity theft in blog comments, even when nobody is really fooled, because maybe a total moron will think its really me. In fact sometimes I read these blog comments, and I think it really is me, and don't I sound inciteful? So something must be made illegal.