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Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Series) Review

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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 5 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Big Brain Academy is a puzzle game designed to test and improve your mental capacity and well being. You are presented with an assortment of challenges designed to measure how smart your brain is. The focus is on fun rather than learning, and the Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain updates this with great multiplayer and online challenge modes.

The latest version on Switch, Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain, brings the focus more on brain-to-brain challenges with friends and family in its 4-player matches. You can set each players difficulty individually so children can compete against adults more easily. You can also take on other players in the new game, via the Ghost Clash mode, where you see competitors saved record performances but don't have to play at the same time as them. The new game also offers lots of outfit options you can unlock for your in-game character, from a cat outfit to a corn costume.

All the games offer a Test mode, Solo / Practice mode and Multiplayer / Versus mode. In Test mode, play consists of formal challenges each with five puzzles: Identify (identification-themed questions), Memorize (memory-themed questions), Analyze (reason-based questions), Compute (math-themed questions) and Visualize (visual-themed questions).

In Practice mode you select an activity to improve your performance. Each activity has three levels of difficulty, and you can earn a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum medal. There's also a Versus mode for up to eight players where you compete to determine who has the heaviest brain.

There are three games in the series:
  • Big Brain Academy (2005) on DS
  • Big Brain Academy: Wii (2007) on Wii
  • Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (2021) on Switch

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2006, updated in 2021

Platforms: DS, Switch and Wii

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)


Duration: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 2 players online. On the Nintendo DS game, eight players can join a hosting player, whether or not they themselves have a copy of the game. Each player needs a DS. On the Nintendo Wii game, you can challenge 8 people on the same console.

On the Switch game, you can challenge up to 4 other players. 2 player touch-screen battles or 4 player big-screen battles.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

8-11 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nintendo) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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