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4.0 out of 5 stars Bigger Brain, Better Play, June 11, 2007
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This review is from: Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (Video Game)
Last year, the Nintendo DS really changed the way we enjoy video games. With the success of Brain Age & Big Brain Academy, many gamers found a new kind of game to enjoy, the mental game. Since that time, there have been many knock-offs that actually didn't feel like they were as good as the originals did. Games like Mind Quiz for the PSP, really weren't able to bring out the best in the gamer. Now, Nintendo is at it again by reviving the Big Brain Academy onto the Wii generation, and hoping to bring it to a wider audience. The question is, does it deliver a smarter mind, or a dumb waste from the wallet?

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree for the Nintendo Wii, expands the successful Nintendo DS game, and brings new action to the system. The gameplay here expands well in more than one way. Now, you can challenge gamers in multiplayer action, or online through the WI-FI connection of the Wii. The control in this is very simple, as you go through many new games and challenges, that just requires a simple point and answer display through the Wii controller. There are also new challenges as you try to mass your brain weight towards your goal of 2000 grams. The new games also bring a lot of challenge like balloon burst, as you try to point and pop your balloons from the lowest to the highest numbers available, but it isn't as easy as it looks once you get better, as negative numbers try to outweigh your mind. Another new game included is speed sorting, where you have to deduct which one of four objects is anywhere from being the largest, or which mammal has the most legs. The multiplayer challenges also kick in well, with games like Mental Marathon, a relay race where you pass off the Wii controller as you try to give correct answers, but one wrong answer and the game is over. The graphics aren't much to please over unlike other Wii games, but the gameplay absolutely does deliver all over for those who've played the original, and those who just got thrills up their spine to get the Wii.

All in all, Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree does a great job at bringing gamers young and old together in a game that works well, and expanding the online gaming action that the Wii has just started seeing. It is definitely a must buy for anyone who loves a mental challenge that is different from action games that are more about looks than fun. This brain definitely is worth it.

Graphics: B 1/2-

Sound: B

Control: A-

Fun & Enjoyment: B+ for solo players; A- for multiplayer action

Overall: B 1/2+
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2007 9:18:35 AM PDT
CC says:
Some of your review seems to be accurate but not all. For example you can find on that the game allows for "WiiConnect24, but no direct online play". Players submit higher scores and you choose to play against those higher scores but does not seems you can play live agains other players online.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007 4:01:09 AM PDT
Someone says:
i've read a couple of your reviews; and given their tone and style they all read like commercials. Granted as official articles in magazine they sound great. However as personal reviews for Amazon (or even a blog) they lose a lot of credibility. Everytime I read your reviews I keep wondering whether or not you get paid for them.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 8:48:05 PM PST
Amen and I do believe you need to go play your game...challenge yourself!
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