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NinjaBee and Grubby Games Announce The Amazing Brain Train for WiiWare

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Award-winning game comes to WiiWare.

The ever-growing list of upcoming WiiWare releases has just gotten a little bit bigger - Developers NinjaBee and Grubby Games have announced a partnership to bring The Amazing Brain Train, originally a PC game, to WiiWare.

Although it's an educational game, it supposedly has more content than any other game in the genre - Quests, trophies, highscores and more. There's not really much info about the WiiWare version of the game, nor are there any screenshots or videos, so we'll just let you read the press release announcing it:

Indie Studios NinjaBee and Grubby Games Team Up on WiiWare Title

PAX 10 Winner The Amazing Brain Train coming to WiiWare

OREM, Utah – Aug. 18, 2009 – Indie video game developer NinjaBee is proud to announce it has partnered with fellow indie developer Grubby Games to bring the 2008 PAX 10 Award-winning game - The Amazing Brain Train - to Nintendo WiiWare™, the Wii™ system’s downloadable service, this fall.

“The Amazing Brain Train is a great example of some things that make indie games great – it’s highly creative, visually distinctive, and fundamentally fun to play,” said NinjaBee President and co-founder Steve Taylor.

More than a year of work has been put into fine-tuning The Amazing Brain Train and adapting it for the Wii. The result is a fun, ultra-challenging and addictive brain training game that is unlike any other in the WiiWare library.

“This is no ordinary brain game,” said Ryan Clark, co-founder of Grubby Games. “The Amazing Brain Train contains features never before seen in the genre. It’s a departure from the minimalist brain games we’ve seen in the past. You can forget about goal-less gameplay: The Amazing Brain Train is packed with quests, trophies and high scores that add an aspect of gameplay that other brain games just don’t have.”

Hosted by the diminutive genius Professor Fizzwizzle, the game takes the player on a brain-boosting adventure around the Professor’s cartoon world, stopping to solve challenges and help his friends along the way. Fueled only by mental energy, The Amazing Brain Train guides the player through 15 different mini-games in three addictive game play modes—quest, test and practice.

The ability to save personal, friends’ and family members’ high scores on the same console allows the player to come back time and again to challenge best scores and prove just how smart he or she is.

“Ryan showed me a copy of the game before it came out and after seeing it just once we said ‘This would be perfect for Wii,’” Taylor said. “That’s how this whole project got started. One of the cool things about working with small studios is having the flexibility to do something like this without a big negotiation or interference from a big publisher.”

The Amazing Brain Train was originally released for PC, Mac and Linux in May of 2008 and in July of that year, the game was selected out of hundreds of entries as one of 10 games to be featured at the Penny Arcade Expo.

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User Comments (10)

odd69

#2

odd69 said:

i second that pass!

Edit: actually I'll pass on every mini game collection.

anthonyb

#3

anthonyb said:

My brain is sufficiently trained at the moment. Pass.

Edit: I do admire the fact that they're trying to make "brain training" more fun with quests/trophies. We'll see how it develops. :)

Darknyht

#4

Darknyht said:

If my toddler was a little older, then this might be a worth buying to give her some variety in the educational games we play.

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#6

Philip_J_Reed said:

I'm with LTG. If we're training our brains on things more complex than colors, shapes and the alphabet, this could be really cool.

Ryuuga

#7

Ryuuga said:

The idea looks pretty interesting, seems to offer a less shallow experience for the players, but I'm afraid I'm gonna pass this one as well.

warioswoods

#8

warioswoods said:

Initial skepticism lessened by the sight of monkeys and birthday cake in the screenshot.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#9

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I have no problem with brain games (in fact I love them) and this add a bit of variety to the usual ones. I'll keep an eye on this.

Rawk_Hawk

#10

Rawk_Hawk said:

I thought Ninjabee and Grubby was the name of the Wii Ware title not the developer :P

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