Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. It is great to see games with a specific goal in mind succeed, and the funny thing is that Big Brain delivers in a pair, providing a learning experience and a degree in fun. I for one could not be happier.
  2. 90
    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.
  3. 85
    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. I highly recommend Big Brain Academy.
  4. The first outing on the Wii is solid and it has a well rounded approach that gives the user a very enjoyable experience. There is still a lot of room for improvement, but in the end I have to say fans of the previous game or those who want to test their brain should really go check this game out, it is definitely worth a look.
  5. 80
    There's no question that Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree will be divisive among gamers. The hardcore will balk at its lightweight mini-games and family-friendly vibe.
  6. 76
    You're going to have fun here, but in three or four years we'll look back at this game and it will pale by comparison to its inevitable sequels.
  7. Even if it doesn’t make you smarter, you won’t feel completely stupid for buying this puzzler.
  8. A decent party game with a nice twist. Brain training is not awfully scientific, but it is fun enough to keep you entertained a few minutes a day. [Sept 2007]
  9. Overall Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is a pretty good first entry of the Touch Generations onto Nintendo’s Wii.
  10. 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.
  11. It's initially a blast and has outstanding mini-games, but it needs more game modes on the whole, and the replayability dwindles fast.
  12. You can see everything it has to offer within 30 minutes. [Aug 2007, p.96]
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. It needed more minigames and a livelier presentation, but gamers will enjoy the multiplayer options and gameplay innovations.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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]
  20. A great concept that is very entertaining on the surface falls on its face extremely quickly due to lack of content.
  21. 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.
  22. Nifty use of the pointer like nobody's business, but the WiiConnect24 stuff is deeply uninspired. [Sept 2007, p.44]
  23. The single-player game lacks longevity, and having more than fifteen mini games would have helped negate this.
  24. 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.
  25. As I said, some of the multiplayer magic was lost in the transition to Wii, which puts a kibosh on some of the fun.
  26. A little less fun, less deep and less educational than it ought to be, especially for a full-priced game. A C+ effort only.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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]
  30. 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.
  31. Unfortunately the game offers up too little for too much and could have been up so much more.
  32. 40
    It’s certainly fun in short bursts and does provide some interesting mental exercise, but this more of a GCSE than a degree.
  33. A big disappointment. While the game does try to bring over the fun of the DS title and the controls aren’t bad, no one should be forced to pay full price for such a very small number of games with little or no replay value.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Nov 23, 2012
    Few controls.10/10

    The gameplay has Single Player and Multiplayer.The Single Player has review and test;and Multiplayer has 3
    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.

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  2. Oct 16, 2010
    Well ... Where can I start? The game has some good sides and some bad sides. We will start with solo .. It can get really boring and irritating . multiplayer, the test does take to long that you can do and the other people playing get really bored whilst watching. I rated it two because of how boring it can get and they do have a little worm character and it makes the most annoying sound when talking it's hard to skip but it really annoys you. Full Review »