Nintendo has stamped a European release date of 20th July on the Wii version of Big Brain Academy.

It's chock full of mind-bending tasks and tests to sharpen up your thinker, each split into five categories: visualise, memorise, analyse, compute and identify.

The single-player Test mode takes you through all of these areas and judges you on your reactions and correct answers. If you enrol your Mii in the Academy you can also track your progress, gradually building up a student record and even receiving grades. Your big old brain will also get heavier the more successful you prove to be, which, er, we could never quite understand.

You'll also get a chance to prove your worth against your smarty-pants friends in three multiplayer modes. Two teams can be formed of up to four people each, which will gain points from numerous head-to-head showdowns. Mind Sprint lets you race a over 24 games, Mental Marathon challenges you with keeping a perfect score for as long as possible, and Brain Quiz is an assortment of 12 random tests.

You can even venture online to send your student books all over the world, then take other people on in Mind Sprint mode.

Big Brain Academy was released on DS in 2006 and received solid scores, although it proved to be a little shallow compared to main competitor Brain Training. Here's hoping the wacky motion-sensing abilities of the Wii and critical feedback can make this a real gem.

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