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Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree Preview At AMN

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree Another week, another preview at AMN, this time for the new Nintendo Wii title Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree.  Train your brain with fun mini-games in this multiplayer yadda, yadda, yadda.

Wii Degree's brain training activities are divided up into five categories: Identify, Memorize, Analyze, Compute, and Visualize. Each category contains a number of mini-games designed to strengthen the various parts of the human brain. For example, the Art Parts challenge (part of the Visualize category) requires players to complete a painting by stamping missing pieces into the picture. As time goes by the painting flips over, increasing the difficulty and requiring more brain power to complete. One of the Compute challenges, Balloon Burst, calls upon players to pop numbered balloons in proper numerical order. As time passes more and more balloons appear on the screen (some with negative numbers), upping the difficulty. Then there's Fast Focus, a Identify mini-game in which players must study a distorted image and deduce what the image would look like if it were displayed normally. Later levels feature heavier distortions.

I'm sorry, but these brain games just don't excite me like they probably should.  Spot the hidden Maniac Mansion reference in the preview and you'll win a heartfelt congratulations from me.