Parents' Guide to

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Thinking games become a party activity on the Wii.

Game Nintendo Wii 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Very Educational!

This game is very educational, but more importantly, it helps with helping the brain work faster, especially with the games that require you to think fast, and my brain power and speed has greatly increased because of this game. I loved playing this game with my sister when I was younger, and we loved viewing it as a fun way of still going to school and learning. I highly recommend it for the whole family, and what makes it different from the other Wii games is that it is more on the educational side, but in a fun way. This makes this Wii game very unique.
age 7+

Another option for family game night.

Fun family activity but it can be hard to play against each other competitively - too much time between events. It can also be harder for younger children, if they don't grasp the point of a particular puzzle.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

What sets this compilation of Mini games apart from other Wii Mini games like WarioWare: Smooth Moves and Wii Play is the intellectual challenge of the gameplay. These are games thinking -- and they are actually fun. Anyone intimidated by the hand-eye coordination needed to be good at video games will find this game's simple pointer controls easy to master.

But Wii Degree isn't perfect. There are three areas for group play, but only one area, Mind Sprint, allows you to go head-to-head answering questions with other players on a split screen. Otherwise, the multi-player action is about taking turns with one controller, which just isn't as much fun as all being in the action at once. If you are looking for Wii software to play in groups, especially cross-generational ones, add this game to your library. It's refreshingly different and levels the playing field between gamers and non-gamers.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : following directions, reading, Math : arithmetic, measurement, shapes
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : logic, memorization, problem solving
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 12, 2007
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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