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Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree (Wii)

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Category Description MobyScore
Effectiveness How effective the educational game is when it comes to teaching (does the player actually learn anything, etc.) 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.2
Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 3.0


The Press Says

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GamePro (US)
That's about all you get when you buy this game for the full fifty dollar price tag, and for some, that may not be enough. People play brain games everyday for a while so as not to disappoint their digital tutor, but sometimes it gets old after a while. While the DS version did feature downloadable multiplayer, you still had to have a bunch of friends with DS'. The Wii advantage is that even with just one remote, you can invite a pile of people over to party and have a really good time together. Big Brain Academy Wii Degree really plays to the Wii manifesto as far as being something that everyone can play and enjoy--definitely a game to share with little cousins, as well as your parents.
85
Netjak
And this also has broader appeal as well. Even people who don’t normally like video games can enjoy Big Brain Academy. The games are fun, easy to learn, and you can play with one hand! On that note, this is a great game for children. There is absolutely no objectionable content, and the games are all educational. This is definitely a great family title.
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Gamezoom
Während Mario Party mit seiner Wii-Premiere etwas enttäuscht, überrascht Big Brain Academy. Der Titel ist absolut kurzweilig und macht vor allem mit mehreren Spielern viel Spaß. Aber auch die Singleplayer-Modi wissen zu überzeugen. Der Preis von gut 30 Euro ist für den Funktionsumfang absolut gerechtfertigt und so kann ich eigentlich nichts anderes Aussprechen, als eine Kaufempfehlung für diesen Titel. Alle, die sich eine Wii gekauft haben, werden das unter anderem wegen Titel wie Big Brain Academy getan haben.
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Power Unlimited
BBA is zo eenvoudig vormgegeven en ingericht dat het een beetje een haastklusje lijkt, maar zodra je met spelen begint voel je dat alles klopt. Vooral in de meerspelervarianten komen de subtiele kwaliteiten van deze puike titel goed tot hun recht.
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HonestGamers
With the kinks of Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree being recycled so often, it becomes the kind of game that players will swear never to pick up again due to boredom, only to become addicted some days later. It's hard to find a title explicitly set on teaching that players will want to get better at and that everyone in the family can enjoy together. Getting most people to do mental exercises for fun is usually as futile as wanting kids to like doing problem sets, so it is amazing how this game accomplishes such a feat so easily. Who knew that learning could actually be fun?
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Game Freaks 365
Overall, Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is equally as good as its predecessor. While it fails to deliver some console-quality aspects, like graphics and sound, it most certainly offers an entertaining, brainy experience that fans of the DS brain games will absolutely not want to miss. As a final comment, it is a bit of a shame that Nintendo released Wii Degree at a $50 price point–part of Big Brain Academy's influence was its low price, and it would have been really special if Wii Degree was $10 or $20 cheaper. Still, I bought it, I enjoyed it, and I'm not complaining.
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FOK!games
Big Brain Academy is een typische titel voor de hele familie en al je niet gamende vrienden. De opzet is erg simpel en de spelletjes zijn veel te gemakkelijk voor de geoefende gamer, maar met anderen blijft het competitie gevoel toch sterk aanwezig. Je moet alleen niet denken dat je uren speelplezier hebt, een uurtje per speelsessie is meer reëel. BBA is een leuke aanvulling op je Wii-collectie (zeker omdat de adviesprijs onder de 30 euro ligt) maar is geen diepgaande gamer-game.
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Fragland.net
Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is to be considered a mix of WarioWare and a fun IQ test. Speed, skills and using your brain without torturing, that's what it's about. The addiction lies in trying to do better just one more time. There are a lot of possibilities they didn't make use of (think of graphs to follow your personal evolution, online multiplayer or games with four Wiimotes), but it's still a fun game you can play on your own or with a bunch of friends.
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IGN
Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is largely a success, which makes it -- like Wii Sports -- a surprisingly difficult project to rate. As everyone knows, the title falls into the emerging "casual" sector -- a target demographic less concerned with graphics and more concerned with accessibility, or so we're told. From that perspective, the title is great -- it is both easy to pick up and really fun to play, especially with friends.
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Edutaining Kids
The delivery of Big Brain Academy, essentially a sequel to the handheld Nintendo games for the Wii, is simple yet appealing as a family or party game. It's not going to truly build young brains, but children are required to think as they play.
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Game Informer Magazine
Since enrolling in Big Brain Academy, I haven’t started mapping star clusters or solving quadratic equations to pass the time, but my brain has definitely gotten bigger. I can now count how many red and blue balls are in a basket and recognize pictures of different animals. Okay, honestly, I may question how far these speedy exercises go towards making me a brainier person, but at least they are an enjoyable way to kill a few hours.
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GameSpot
While fans of the Wii's other minigame compilations might find Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree a little more stripped down than the rest, the game stands apart by simply offering different types of slightly more thought-intensive minigames. It's not rocket science, but if you're after something slightly headier than the Mario Party-style of waving the Wii Remote around like a lunatic while mashing the A button as hard as you possibly can, you'll probably enjoy your time with Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree.
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Official Nintendo Magazine
This could provide an afternoon of quality entertainment for a bunch of friends but if you are looking for something that'll improve your mind go for Dr Kawashima on DS.
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V2.fi
Kokeiden vääntäminen yksinään on joka tapauksessa lähellä jälki-istuntoa. Onnekseni sain kokoon myös suuremman testiseurueen, mikä toi heti ilmi sen, että porukassa tyhmyys tiivistyy: selainpeliltä näyttävästä, kuulostavasta ja tuntuvasta nokkeluuskisasta tuli pieni hitti, jota jokainen osasi pelata yhden harjoituskierroksen jälkeen. Englanninkielentaitoa peli ehdottomasti vaatii, mutta mikäli yksi moottoriturpa toimii suomentajana, pääsevät aivot paisumaan äidinkieltä arvostavillakin.
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Lawrence
Unfortunately, there’s just not enough content to warrant the $50 price tag. While the included minigames are pretty fun, they get old after a few playthroughs. Wii Degree doesn’t track your progress nearly as well as Brain Age, so it doesn’t offer much incentive to keep coming back.
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Purojuegos
Para concluir solo decir que este juego me dejo un buen sabor de boca ya que pensaba que no podrían sacar nada interesante en su conversión desde DS a Wii, el juego es divertido y a su vez ejercita nuestro cerebro.
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Gamer.nl
Big Brain academy is een aardige game, die voor nog geen 30 euro te verkrijgen is. De minigames zijn leuk, maar weten niet heel lang te boeien. Voor de multiplayer is Big Brain Academy toch een heel aardige aankoop. Met een drietal modes en een aantal nieuwe minigames is er genoeg om meerdere hersenen mee te laten ratelen. Weinig bijzonders, maar prima entertainment voor als je weer een nieuwe serie aan minigames zoekt.
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Kombo.com
If you’re looking for a simple but strangely addictive multiplayer Wii game, Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is it. It’s easy enough that non-gamers can play it and still entertaining enough that even the snobbiest hardcore gamers will get sucked in. The small number of problems in Wii Degree is a disappointment, and ultimately it keeps it from being something much greater (it’s the game’s biggest problem, really). Unfortunately, the entry price is a bit high considering this. But the game is a lot of fun while it lasts and is the recipe for laugh-out-loud multiplayer gaming sessions to unite non-gamers with just about any kind of gamer out there.
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Yahoo! Games
Big brains are certainly desirable, but big price tags are a different matter, and Wii Degree's standard $49.99 asking price is a little hard to stomach. While the game is tons of fun, there's just a handful of minigames and not much else, which puts it in a different class to other full-priced options. At $20 or $30 (similar to the DS games), it'd be a much easier recommendation. Kudos to Nintendo for the simplicity, multiplayer, and online support -- cut the price a little and it would be a winner in the casual party game stable.
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GameSpy
We're really happy about the fun assortment of minigames that help Big Brain Academy exemplify what the DS game seemed to set out to be. The presentation, from the whimsical score to the integration of Miis into gameplay, really stands out. It's probably the best concoction of edutainment that you'll find this year, if you're playing it alone. However, given the sense of community that we've found goes hand in hand with the Wii's marketing, we're just as disappointed in the multiplayer options as we are happy with the single player. The options are slim, and while some might like the fact that it can be played with one remote among eight, there's not even much in store for play with two remotes, something that we're sure most Wii owners have by now. However, if you've already got the likes of Wii Sports, Wario Ware, and perhaps Rayman to satisfy your get-togethers, then the more solitary elements of Big Brain Academy could be to your liking.
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Computer Bild Spiele
Mit Professor Lobo und seinen Aufgaben macht es richtig Spaß, die grauen Zellen auf Trab zu bringen. Die Aufgaben sind gut verständlich und nicht zu schwer. Um einen möglichst guten Wert zu erhalten, ist Schnelligkeit gefragt. Und die ist keine Hexerei, sondern Übungssache. Im Studienbuch werden alle Fortschritte festgehalten. Für besonders gute Leistungen gibt's Medaillen und viel Lob von Lobo - das motiviert zum Weitermachen. Drei Schwierigkeitsgrade sorgen zudem dafür, dass auch Neulinge sofort Erfolge verbuchen. Ein Mehrspielermodus für bis zu acht Teilnehmer verspricht Partyspaß. Über den Wii-Onlinedienst lassen sich die Studienbücher sogar an Freunde verschicken, sodass die sich an Ihren Bestleistungen messen können.
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1UP
Wii Degree is, at the very least, a decent, briefly satisfying experience for gamers starved for new stuff to play on their Wiis. It just won't keep them happy for long.
60
The Review Busters
I can’t justify the $50 price tag on this game, I did have fun when I played with others, but for a lot less I can get the DS version, which includes Wi-Fi play. Nintendo really needs to get into the online gaming picture; Big Brain Academy would have been an awesome game online. If online play was included then I could highly recommend this game, but like all the other mini games out there for the Wii this one will only collect dust after awhile. Play it safe, wait to see how all the other brain games are coming soon, Nintendo is planning on releases Brain Age very soon.
60
Super Play
Stundtals en förolämpning, men bra användande av Wiimoten och onlineläget räddar situationen.
60
Cubed3
Big Brain Academy seems destined to live in the shadow of the true master, Brain Training. This Wii edition may add nice pointing controls and an interesting multiplayer aspect, but they really are not enough to justify the cost of the game in the slightest. The Japanese have already chosen to basically overlook this one, playing the waiting game instead, and it seems they made the right decision...
60
EL33TONLINE
In short, Nintendo have put together a fun, albeit small, game that is best enjoyed with friends played in a mildly competitive manner. As a solo game it’s not likely to hold your attention for more than a week or two of extended play (unless you’re like me and really must get those platinum medals and an A+ grade – that might take a while), but in bite size chunks it’s a good, light-hearted puzzle game which makes for an entertaining diversion for all ages.
60
Gamestyle
Big Brain Academy for Wii is a game for the casual gamer. It is part of Nintendo's continuing strategy to attract more mature gamers to the Wii, and promote family gaming. It doesn't try to hide this fact and Nintendo's intentions are clear. That shouldn't stop anyone from buying this title, however, as it offers a decent distraction, and it is rewarding to see your scores increase over time. Although the jury may be out on whether playing each game actually benefits your mental ability, they offer enough of a challenge to make you think there is. The single-player game lacks longevity, and having more than fifteen mini games would have helped negate this. The multiplayer experience, however, is entertaining and will get people interested in playing the console. The game is priced at under £20.00, which is fair considering that there are other party game titles which don't offer as much enjoyment, and cost twice the amount.
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Digital Spy
Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is – on the whole – a success. It’s great fun to play, particularly with friends, and the Wii remote functionality is used superbly well. However, the lack of an online mode and the shortage of challenges mean its life span is somewhat less than it should have been.
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Armchair Empire, The
Besides the practical use of Big Brain Academy Wii Degree as brain stimulation for the elderly and a straightforward party game, there’s not a lot to keep the hardcore gaming crowd to come back for a third or fourth go-round. As I said, some of the multiplayer magic was lost in the transition to Wii, which puts a kibosh on some of the fun.
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NGamer
Released for a budget price this would be a diverting enough party game. As a long term investment, you should take that normal-sized brain of yours and think again.
55
Jeuxvideo.com
Moyennement convaincant sur DS, Cérébrale Académie déçoit beaucoup sur Wii où le soft n'est qu'une vulgaire copie de son homologue portable. Les jeux sont certes différents, mais ils sont toujours aussi peu nombreux et peu inspirés. Le soft n'est d'ailleurs pas conçu de manière à nous inciter à jouer régulièrement pour qu'on puisse suivre l'évolution de nos performances, et finira donc dans la ludothèque des jeunes enfants pas encore en âge de s'adonner à des choses plus complexes.
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videogamer.com
It might be strange to criticise a mini-game collection for a lack of depth, but that's Wii Degree's biggest problem. Without 50+ games to play and none of the long-term appeal of Brain Training, what you've got is a game that will please you for a week and then rarely leave its case.