BURBANK, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, two fun and educational console videogames for preschoolers based on “Sesame Street,” the award-winning children’s television series. Available for Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and PC in fall 2010, the complementary learning games introduce “gameplay helpers” to simplify gameplay controls and make them more accessible for preschoolers with small hands and developing skills.
“The games encourage early math and literacy skills that engage preschoolers in a fun and exciting way, enabling them to learn at their own pace with easy tools for parents to guide their experiences.”
“In Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, the youngest kids in the family and parents can learn and play video games together with their favorite characters from the much-loved and well-respected show,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The games encourage early math and literacy skills that engage preschoolers in a fun and exciting way, enabling them to learn at their own pace with easy tools for parents to guide their experiences."
“We’re so pleased to offer families engaging new content that makes learning fun and easy for children,” said Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Worldwide Media Distribution, Sesame Workshop. “Whether it’s learning the ABCs with Elmo or counting with Cookie, kids are sure to have a good time with their favorite Sesame Street friends.”
In Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure, kids head to the zoo with Elmo, Zoe and their animal friends, as they explore games based on a variety of literacy skills, including letter identification, letter sounds and word families. Kids can also explore exciting zoo habitats including the Aquarium, Savanna, Jungle, Wetlands and the Arctic.
In Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival, kids join Cookie Monster and Big Bird at a fun-filled carnival through gameplay steeped in math skills that include number identification, counting, shapes and pattern recognition. Kids journey through the game in the many areas of the carnival such as The Grandstand, Midway, Petting Zoo, Food Court and the Arcade.
Fun, education and accessibility combine with the unique offering of gameplay helpers, available for Wii and Nintendo DS systems at no additional charge. On Wii, the gameplay helper is a soft and fuzzy character cover with special grips that slips over the Wii Remote™, minimizing unnecessary buttons and making it easier and more fun to hold. For Nintendo DS, there is a jumbo click stylus designed for smaller hands, simplifying interaction with the touch screen.
Developed by Black Lantern Studios, Inc., the games are entertaining and intuitive, enabling preschoolers to play by themselves with minimal involvement and also offer ways for parents to help without interfering. The games feature a “Parent’s Page” where parents can review games their child has played along with relevant curriculum for each. Using this option, parents can customize up to four profiles, set functions including difficulty level and game limits.
To continue the Sesame Street experience, families can get snug as a bug with their favorite Sesame Street friends in the Warner Home Video and Sesame Workshop release Firefly Fun and Buggy Buddies on DVD which streeted June 1, 2010 for $14.98 SRP. This entertaining DVD features three stories that will educate children all about insects, with celebrity appearances by Jenny McCarthy and Molly Shannon, that released just in time for summer vacation!
For more information on Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, please visit www.SesameStreetVideogames.com.
About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.
About Black Lantern Studios, Inc.
Black Lantern Studios, Inc. was founded in 2003 and headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. Black Lantern Studios is committed to providing the highest quality, richest, and most satisfying gaming experience to its customers on the Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, XBLA, PSN, WiiWare and Nintendo Wii. Specializing in creating engaging, family-friendly games, Black Lantern has created more than forty games for players around the world.
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