2K, Nick in gaming initiative

MUMBAI: 2K Play, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, and US kids broadcaster Nickelodeon have announced a slate of video games based on Nick Jr. programmes that will arrive in stores in the US later this year.

Dora the Explorer will debut on the Wii home video game system from Nintendo in Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess. Diego returns in an all-new adventureGo, Diego, Go!: Great Dinosaur Rescue.

The Wonder Pets! premieres on Nintendo DS in The Wonder Pets!: Save the Animals!

2K Play VP business development Steve Lux says, "The enduring popularity of Dora, which continues to be the number one program on commercial television for kids 2-5, combined with Wii hardware sales passing the 10 million unit mark in the United States, will make for an exciting holiday season. Diego remains ’the pre-school hero’ for boys and The Wonder Pets! is hot on the heels of a successful consumer products launch and Daytime Emmy award win."

Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group senior VP, GM Dave Williams says, "We are delighted to introduce our top preschool properties, Dora, Diego and The Wonder Pets! on these popular gaming platforms for families.

"By combining Nickelodeon’s kid expertise with 2K Play’s creativity, we have created games that allow preschoolers to develop their playing skills and turn up the fun"

In Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess players join Dora, Boots and Pirate Piggy on an adventure to save the Magic Snowy Forest from the spell of a witch. Over 12 unique motions are used with the Wii Remote™ to build snowmen, paddle a canoe, steer a dogsled and ride a Pegasus. Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess will be available for Wii, DS and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

Go, Diego, Go!: Great Dinosaur Rescue enables gamers to travel through time with Diego, Alicia and Baby Jaguar to reunite their friend Maia the Maiasaura with her dinosaur family. Players utilize more than 12 different Wii Remote motions to stomp like a dinosaur, climb across monkey bars, fly on a Pteradon and bounce over obstacles on a pogo stick. Go, Diego, Go!: Great Dinosaur Rescue will be available for Wii, DS and PlayStation 2 system.

In The Wonder Pets!: Save the Animals! players team up with the popular classroom pets Linny the Guinea Pig, Ming-Ming Duckling and Turtle Tuck to help a Bengal Tiger, Panda Bear and Chimpanzee in need. With the DS stylus and microphone, players tap, drag, blow, speak and circle their way through activities like pulling a thorn from the tiger’s paw, building a ladder to rescue a baby panda and towing the chimpanzee’s space capsule to safety. The Wonder Pets!: Save the Animals! will make its interactive debut on DS.

Each game features the voice actors from the popular Nick Jr. TV shows. The games were tested by kids and moms for age-appropriateness, fun-factor and quality, and the packaging features a "Kid-Tested" seal. For the console games, parents and siblings can collaborate with younger gamers by using the special Helper feature and a second controller.

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