Can Nintendo Get Your Kid Into Harvard?

04/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

If playing video games can (theoretically) get you in better shape, why can't they help prep for your SATs?

Kaplan (WPO) thinks they can. The test prep company is teaming up with Aspyr Media to develop an SAT prep game. Details on the game are scant, but this is not the first time Kaplan's tried to inject SAT prep into something fun.The company allows students to download prep questions from iTunes, and it released a vocabulary building manga (Japanese comic) series. Aspyr's co-founder, Ted Staloch tells Newsweek that this game is, well, not so fun:

"This is not a study break. This is a way to prepare for the test."

But it's not a very good one. Somehow we think that when it comes to kids choosing to play their SAT prep game or Mariokart DS, they'll probably choose the latter. Yes, there's already a brain-improvement game for the DS, and it has sold very well: Brain Age has sold some 12 million copies to date.

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