Nick Jr.'s Dora the Explorer Coming to the Wii
Nickelodeon and 2K Play have announced the premier of Dora the Explorer on the Wii. Dora and her friend Boots will be bringing Back Pack and Map for their first Wii adventure, Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess. Her cousin Diego is returning to the Wii in the new adventure Go, Diego, Go!: Great Dinosaur Rescue. The Wonder Pets also have a new game exclusively for the DS; The Wonder Pets!: Save the Animals.
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.
As a parent, I’ve watched my children grow up with these characters. The television shows engage children, involving them in the story. Each Dora episode is setup like a point and click adventure. My kids have learned more about the Spanish language from Dora and Boots and animals from Diego and his sister Alicia than through any other medium. The Wii seems like an especially good fit for both these programs.
The Wonder Pets isn’t my favorite, but it does expose children to classical music. Linny, Ming Ming and Tuck sing along to these tunes making each episode an operetta. I’m sure my son will love it.