For some reason I really want these games, I think it’s because of the awesome Elmo and Cookie Monster Wii Controller covers that come with them. Seriously though I’d like to get them for my youngest son, he would just love these games.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces today the launch of Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, two fun and educational console video games for preschoolers based on “Sesame Street,” the award-winning children’s television series for Wii, Nintendo DS and PC. The complementary learning games encourage early literacy and math skills and introduce kid-friendly “gameplay helpers” to simplify gameplay controls making them more accessible for children’s small hands and developing skills.


“Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival are unlike other educational entertainment for preschoolers, in how they combine console and handheld video games with Sesame Street’s curriculum and the characters that families know and love”

 

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Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival are unlike other educational entertainment for preschoolers, in how they combine console and handheld video games with Sesame Street’s curriculum and the characters that families know and love,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The games are entertaining and intuitive, enabling the youngest kids in the family to have fun while learning at their own pace.”

“Bringing the Sesame Street gold-standard literacy and math curriculum to these interactive platforms, which were modified and kid-tested to ensure age-appropriate playful learning experiences, provides families additional tools to foster fundamental academic skills as well as a love of learning,” said Rosemarie Truglio, Ph.D., Vice President, Education and Research, Sesame Workshop. “These platforms provide unique opportunities for preschoolers to learn at their own pace with carefully designed hint structures to minimize frustration and possibly engage older siblings as mentors.”

Elmo and Zoe head to the zoo in Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure, where they explore exciting zoo habitats and play games based on a variety of literacy skills. Players learn such skills as letter identification, letter sounds and word families in the Aquarium, Savanna, Jungle, Wetlands and Arctic habitats.

In Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, kids join Cookie Monster and Big Bird at a fun-filled carnival with gameplay steeped in math skills, including number identification, counting, shapes and pattern recognition.

Fun, education and accessibility are combined with the unique offering of gameplay helpers, available for Wii and Nintendo DS systems at no additional charge. On Wii, the exclusive gameplay helper is a soft and fuzzy Elmo or Cookie 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.

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 and set functions such as game time limits.

Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival are rated “EC” for Early Childhood. The Wii™ version of each game is available for a S.R.P. of $39.99 and the Nintendo DS™ and PC versions of each game are available for a S.R.P. of $29.99 each. For more information on Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, please visit www.SesameStreetVideogames.com.

Families can also join Cookie Monster in the Warner Home Video and Sesame Workshop release C is for Cookie Monster on DVD on October 19, 2010 for $14.98 SRP. In this DVD, everyone’s favorite blue monster answers “fan-mail” and tells stories like “The Cookie Tree,” where Cookie Monster learns how food is grown when he tries to plant and grow a cookie tree.