Today's Wii U Virtual Console releases include the Nintendo DS Touch Generations title Big Brain Academy. Not everyone is enthusiastic about it.
|...In fact, only one guy is. (No, it wasn't free in Europe.)|
People point to other countries' Virtual Console services. Yes, Europe just got Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team on the Wii U Virtual Console this week. Amazing games — the first ones in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series — and if you live in Europe, own a Wii U, and have never played either before, you really need to pick one of them up.
However, Big Brain Academy is still pretty good, and a lot better than some of what the DS Virtual Console has gotten before. I know. I own it on the DS. It's really fun. The title music even got remixed for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and brought back for Super Smash Bros. For Wii U.
Take Brain Age and replace Dr. Kawashima's creepy polygonal head with a whimsical environment and fun touch screen games and you get Big Brain Academy. It doesn't focus on the age of your brain, but how much your brain apparently weighs. And it also focuses on aspects of the brain and how much your brain is focused on them. I haven't played the game in many years, and here was how my brain looked when I last played it... probably a decade ago?
|“I'm an architect!” - George Costanza, Seinfeld|
According to the professor, the average human brain is only 1400 grams. I'm happy to be smarter than the average human, of course. But I was curious what happened to my brain in-between that decade. I only got smarter, right?
|Michelangelo? The fellow Team Pizza Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle?|
Michelangelo is also a fellow shelled lizard, but my score here was sub-1300. We...can do better than the average human! Ugh! Gotta get my brain back up to speed!
So I re-took the test. Immediately. At Big Brain Academy you can do that. It's free. Weird school, right?
|I think like a builder! I'm gonna build a YUGE wall! (Also on Team Pizza.)|
Test-taking isn't all you can do in Big Brain Academy. You can practise for the tests, which are in those five subjects (Think, Memorize, Analyze, Compute, and Identify). There are three activities per subject, for fifteen activities total. Only one per subject is selected for the test.
|I'm really proud of my Platinum medal in Compute's Written Math Hard mode. It fits with my love of Donkey Kong Jr. Math, also on Wii U's Virtual Console.|
There are a lot of dumb people there. Though, chances are, if you're reading this, you're not dumb. You have a meaty brain inside you. Why not develop it... at Big Brain Academy?
Ludwig won't be buying Big Brain Academy on the Wii U since he obviously still owns it on the DS, and the (New) 3DS is backwards-compatible. He would like to see its Miiverse community be big and bustling, with lots of interested students.
Looks like instances of smartness are now being replaced by being clever.