Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree Wii

Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
Buy On
  1. Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is a simple collection of brain teasers that are different enough from the other minigame collections on the Wii to make it worth playing.
  2. Overall Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is a pretty good first entry of the Touch Generations onto Nintendo’s Wii.
  3. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    72
    You can see everything it has to offer within 30 minutes. [Aug 2007, p.96]
  4. It's initially a blast and has outstanding mini-games, but it needs more game modes on the whole, and the replayability dwindles fast.
  5. It’s easy to like the simple-yet-challenging games, but as the days wear on, it starts to show its faults. It was a darling on the DS, but this sort of thinker’s gymnastics doesn’t work as well for burst play on the couch.
  6. 70
    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.
  7. Casual gamers who dug Wii Sports and Brain Age will love it - everyone else might wonder what all the commotion is about and go back to waiting for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  8. It needed more minigames and a livelier presentation, but gamers will enjoy the multiplayer options and gameplay innovations.
  9. 70
    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.
  10. 70
    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.
  11. Games Master UK
    69
    A bit of low-rent cash-in, to be honest. But it's still decent fun, and at a low price too. [Oct 2007, p.82]
  12. A great concept that is very entertaining on the surface falls on its face extremely quickly due to lack of content.
  13. 65
    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.
  14. Nintendo Gamer
    63
    Nifty use of the pointer like nobody's business, but the WiiConnect24 stuff is deeply uninspired. [Sept 2007, p.44]
  15. A little less fun, less deep and less educational than it ought to be, especially for a full-priced game. A C+ effort only.
  16. As I said, some of the multiplayer magic was lost in the transition to Wii, which puts a kibosh on some of the fun.
  17. The single-player game lacks longevity, and having more than fifteen mini games would have helped negate this.
  18. 60
    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.
  19. Social gamers who expect to spend a lot of time in multiplayer may be comfortable footing the bill, but most people who enjoyed the original brain training titles on the DS as a cheap, fun distraction may, unfortunately, be forced to wait until Wii Degree shows up in the bargain bin - or until the game receives a more fleshed-out sequel.
  20. At best, this might have been a cute piece of original downloadable content on a system that sorely needs some. As a full price piece of software, it's genuinely worth less than forty quid's worth of dog-eared primary school maths books.
  21. 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.
  22. games(TM)
    50
    When the average game of Trivial Pursuit comes packed with thousands of unique questions for around the same price, this kind of wafer-thin package is hardly going to impress Mr and Mrs Non-Gamer. [Sept 2007, p.113]

Awards & Rankings

#23 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#39 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. NathanH.
    Aug 3, 2008
    0
    Come on. How could it possibly get more boring than this! It doesnt last long, and the brain testing idea sucks the fun out of this stupid Come on. How could it possibly get more boring than this! It doesnt last long, and the brain testing idea sucks the fun out of this stupid game. DONT BUY OR EVEN RENT THIS GAME! Full Review »
  2. Feb 27, 2015
    6
    Not enough content in this game to keep you connected to it. Although I do like the stats they show you at the end of each test that shows howNot enough content in this game to keep you connected to it. Although I do like the stats they show you at the end of each test that shows how well you did. Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2012
    9
    Few controls.10/10

    The gameplay has Single Player and Multiplayer.The Single Player has review and test;and Multiplayer has 3 categories
    Few controls.10/10

    The gameplay has Single Player and Multiplayer.The Single Player has review and test;and Multiplayer has 3
    categories to play.10/10

    Finally,the graphics.The design brought the game to the NGC(for those who don't know Nintendo Game Cube)era.For Mario Party 6 it's acceptable(8/10).But for Wii:6/10.The game was released in 2007 not in 2004.

    Overall:2.6/3
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