Big Brain Academy Details Revealed

Big Brain Academy has been developed by Nintendo Software Technology Corp, the ones who brought you Wave Race 64 and Metroid Prime: Hunters. It’s a game that goes hand-in-hand with Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day. While Brain Age tests your brain’s age, Big Brain Academy tests your brain’s “weight.” To do this, you can do a variety of minigames, each which takes less than a minute to complete. These activities will test you in the areas of thinking, memorization, computation, analysis, and identification. The game will then tell you the “weight” of the brain as well as what your strengths and weaknesses are. The game also has a multiplayer mode in which you and friends can compete to see who has the “biggest” brain.

When you start the game, you will be given a series of tests to complete. You will then be given an initial brain weight as well as a letter grade. Along with this, you will be shown a famous person who has a similar brain size. Your goal is to increase your brain “weight” gradually. You are also allowed to play activities in the Practice Mode. You can earn bronze, silver, and gold medals in the Practice Mode so that you have a 100% goal to strive for. There will be 15 activities in the game. Nintendo has unveiled a few:

Think:

  • Heavyweight – Choose which object weighs more – it’s not so easy with three different scales.
  • Pathfinder – Look at the creature on the top screen and draw a line that will lead him to his friend.

Memorize:

  • Sound Bites – Carefully listen to people and animals as they make noise, then try to touch them in the correct order.
  • Memo-Random – Examine the panels on the top row, then touch the correct one when the panel is replaced by a question mark.

Analyze:

  • Missing Link – Look at the red line in the picture on the top screen and draw it into the picture on the touch screen. Watch out! Some pictures will be inverted.
  • CubeGame – Count the blocks, being careful not to forget the ones hiding at the bottom of the stack.

Compute:

  • Coin-parison – Choose the panel with the greater amount of money.
  • Written Math – Read the problems in word form, then solve them by tapping the number pad on the Touch Screen.

Identify:

  • Shadow Shift – Tap the images on the Touch Screen that match the spinning shadows on the top screen.
  • Matchmaker – Look through a number of colorful panels to find the matching pair.

It’s interesting to see how these games will pan out. In Japan, they’ve sold millions and locked up the sales chart. However, North America is a completely different market. Although we’ve warmed up to Nintendogs, who knows what else we’ll like? Then again, seeing as this is an educational game, maybe millions of kids will get their parents to buy them to “help them with school” =)

Big Brain Academy has been developed by Nintendo Software Technology Corp, the ones who brought you Wave Race 64 and Metroid Prime: Hunters. It’s a game that goes hand-in-hand with Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day. While Brain Age tests your brain’s age, Big Brain Academy tests your brain’s “weight.” To do this, you can do a variety of minigames, each which takes less than a minute to complete. These activities will test you in the areas of thinking, memorization, computation, analysis, and identification. The game will then tell you the “weight” of the brain as well as what your strengths and weaknesses are. The game also has a multiplayer mode in which you and friends can compete to see who has the “biggest” brain.

When you start the game, you will be given a series of tests to complete. You will then be given an initial brain weight as well as a letter grade. Along with this, you will be shown a famous person who has a similar brain size. Your goal is to increase your brain “weight” gradually. You are also allowed to play activities in the Practice Mode. You can earn bronze, silver, and gold medals in the Practice Mode so that you have a 100% goal to strive for. There will be 15 activities in the game. Nintendo has unveiled a few:

Think:

  • Heavyweight – Choose which object weighs more – it’s not so easy with three different scales.
  • Pathfinder – Look at the creature on the top screen and draw a line that will lead him to his friend.

Memorize:

  • Sound Bites – Carefully listen to people and animals as they make noise, then try to touch them in the correct order.
  • Memo-Random – Examine the panels on the top row, then touch the correct one when the panel is replaced by a question mark.

Analyze:

  • Missing Link – Look at the red line in the picture on the top screen and draw it into the picture on the touch screen. Watch out! Some pictures will be inverted.
  • CubeGame – Count the blocks, being careful not to forget the ones hiding at the bottom of the stack.

Compute:

  • Coin-parison – Choose the panel with the greater amount of money.
  • Written Math – Read the problems in word form, then solve them by tapping the number pad on the Touch Screen.

Identify:

  • Shadow Shift – Tap the images on the Touch Screen that match the spinning shadows on the top screen.
  • Matchmaker – Look through a number of colorful panels to find the matching pair.

It’s interesting to see how these games will pan out. In Japan, they’ve sold millions and locked up the sales chart. However, North America is a completely different market. Although we’ve warmed up to Nintendogs, who knows what else we’ll like? Then again, seeing as this is an educational game, maybe millions of kids will get their parents to buy them to “help them with school” =)

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