Sesame Street Games Bring Fuzzy Controller Covers to Wii, 'Jumbo Click Stylus' to Nintendo DS

By Chris Faylor, Jun 08, 2010 9:00am PDT Declaring that "sunny days are ahead," publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has unveiled the first fruits of its multi-year video game licensing agreement with Sesame Workshop.

The two "fun and educational" video games--Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival--are slated to hit PC, Wii and Nintendo DS in October 2010 via developer Black Lantern.

On the Wii, each game will come packed with a fuzzy "gameplay helper" controller cover that hides "unnecessary buttons" and makes the Wii Remote "easier and more fun to hold," while the Nintendo DS versions will come with "a jumbo click stylus designed for smaller hands, simplifying interaction with the touch screen."

The "gameplay helpers" mark the latest in what appears to be a growing trend of plush peripherals for the Wii, with upcoming titles Wiiwaa and Babysitting Mama due to be bundled with full-size plush dolls that double as controller covers.

As for the Sesame Street games themselves, here's what Warner Bros had to say:

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.

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.

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