Goodnight, Sweet Wii?

Your grandchildren are probably too busy bugging you to preorder Call of Duty: Ghosts for them to notice, but this news will bring a tear to the eye of older gamers (and there are more of us out there than you might realize). Nintendo has just revealed that it’s ending production of the original Nintendo Wii in Japan, which means that seven-year-old gaming system’s days in the United States might be numbered as well. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter When the …

The Man Who Gave Us Donkey Kong and the Mario Bros.

Strange as it may seem, there was a time, back in the years just after World War II, when present-day video game giant Nintendo was a small family-owned company whose main product was a card game called hanafuda, a favorite pastime of Japanese gangsters. Hiroshi Yamauchi, who died in Japan on Sept. 19 at age 85, changed all that. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Nintendo scion redirected the company into the then-nascent world of electronic entertainment. He …

No, Really, This Video Game Is Making Me Smarter

Which do you think keeps your brain sharper – completing a leisurely crossword puzzle on the computer or playing a fast-paced computer video game that requires you to match fleeting images? Sorry, crossword puzzlers, but the quick-thinking skills needed to play a video game could help slow age-related cognitive decline, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Iowa tested 681 healthy adults over age 50 who were assigned to play either a video game called “Road Tour” (since …

The Takeaway: Nintendo Game Promotes Brain Health; Should Medicare Cover Gym Fees?

Brain Gamers Show Cognitive Gains: The box for Nintendo’s Brain Age claims the game can ‘keep your brain young and sharp’ in just ‘minutes a day!’  Skeptical? Yeah, me too. But a new study from Japan’s Tohoku University shows it’s more than just marketing hype: Playing Brain Age really can improve ‘cognitive fitness‘ in older men and women.

Older gamers better at mental agility?

A new study which found that after playing a strategy-based video game, older adults became better at certain mental abilities that tend to decline as people age