Reviews and Problems with Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree
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Thinking games become a party activity on the Wii.
Common Sense Media
10 February 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that this game makes kids think. And it's fun to boot! It's best experienced as a group (or with a larger group divided into teams), and is a good choice for multi-generational play and for those just getting into the Wii. On the hardest level, one of the math games expects players to know negative numbers, so don't start this game with kids who are too young.
Excerpt: Big Brain Academy Wii Degree is one of those rare video game gems that improve your mind. If you have played the Nintendo DS version of Big Brain Academy then you have a starting point to comprehend what the Nintendo Wii version contains. The major difference is the controls, since Big Brain Academy Wii Degree uses the Wii Remote quite well. Players enroll their Mii(s) into the Wii Academy, and the school theme is carried out in the various aspects of the game.
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: The new features of the game are in no way able to make up for those left behind on its predecessor. User interface may be easier than ever, but even a little imagination never hurts. So while it makes for an alright game, there is no need to be stuck at home with it. Save yourself $20, get a cartridge and get out of the house. You can get some good reading material with the money you saved. Now that will help out with the smarts.
Conclusion: I’ve had fun with Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree playing solo and even more so playing with others, but there isn’t much beyond basic statistical tracking or sending scores to someone else via Wii Connect 24 to keep me coming back again and again. The lack of online play and additional modes/games is sorely missed. At least the initial few hours are fun and definitely worth a weekend rental, especially if you’re having some intellectual friends over for a gaming night in.
Pros: Initially a blast, Some standout mini-games, Multiplayer is engaging and intense, Wii-mote use works
Cons: Needs more modes/games, No online play, Replayability dwindles, fast
Excerpt: Nintendo has not been one to shy away from innovation or originality and their line of games, such as Brain Age and Big Brain Academy, which fall under the Touch Generation series on the DS, is avid proof of their commitment to such. Well the big ‘N’ has once again shown that they are open to taking these original ideas and carry them over to the Wii.