Summary: Parents need to know that this game requires that players be able to read, understand money, and do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; this is not a good fit for kids younger than 8. With younger children, you may need to explain how to play the games under the "Think" category. Because this is played using a stylus on the DS touch-sensitive screen, it's an easy game for parents or other video game newbies to learn how to play.
Excerpt: Big Brain Academy is the second in Nintendo's 'Brain'-style games for Nintendo DS. The intention is to help give your brain a good workout, where the 'weight' of your brain rates how big your brain is. In this game, you try to achieve new high scores in several different categories and then take a test to see what kind of brain you have. You join Dr. Lobe in helping you develop the biggest brain you can.
Excerpt: Big Brain Academy is similar to Brain Age, but at the same time drastically different. Let me explain. Big Brain Academy is filled with fun little mental exercises, that may very well improve the mind. It also grades the player, and charts improvements. That is really where the similarities end. The mental exercises are generally more challenging, and fun to this reviewer.
Conclusion: In the end, players of Brain Age will be surprised at how vastly different it is to Big Brain Academy and vice versa. From the graphics, the replay value, to the way they two play, the two brain trainers couldn’t be anymore different. Even though incentives to keep gamers playing for months each day is lacking in BBA, the graphics, controls, and overall enjoyment when playing is a step up on Brain Age. Work the brain and really have fun doing so in Big Brain Academy.
Excerpt: Developer - NST Publisher - Nintendo Features Wireless DS Single-Card Download Play Wireless DS Multi-Card Play Nintendo has found a market for games targeted at non-traditional gamers. Touch Generations is the aptly titled series that encompasses all of these types of games. The first release of this type, Brain Age, was a very simple but yet very successful game that challenged the mental ability of everyone who played it.
Excerpt: First, I'll explain the structure of the academy. After registering your name and being greeted by a cute little guy named Dr. Lobe (no Prof. Kawashima in this one, folks), you'll have access to a few different modes. The first is Practice. Practice features 5 categories of activities - Compute, Identify, Think, Memorize, and Analyze. Each category features 3 activities, so that's 15 different activities.
Excerpt: Both Big Brain Academy and Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
are labeled as “non-games,” a label applied to many Nintendo DS games,
including Nintendogs and Animal Crossing: Wild World. Regardless of it
being used positively or negatively, they are both games, no less than
The Legend of Zelda. Big Brain Academy offers objectives, rewards,
scores and a variety of deceptively simple minigames. Did Galaga offer