2K Play and Nickelodeon today shipped Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue for the Wii and PlayStation 2, the first Wii game engineered specifically for preschoolers. Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids is also now available for PS2.
Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue is based on Nickelodeon’s in-home research that focused on how to best match the abilities and needs of younger children with the capabilities of the Nintendo Wii. The game was designed with 13 intuitive Wii-centric motions that maximize the engineering of the Wii Remote for a preschooler. Taking on the role of Diego in a race across Africa, gamers stomp to scare away lions, jump with Baby Jaguar, paint stripes on zebras, climb up ladders and swim across the jungle river by mimicking those actions with the Wii Remote.
Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue also has a unique feature allowing parents to collaborate with younger gamers by using the “Safari Guide Helper Feature” and a second Wii Remote. Preschoolers can, by themselves, help Diego blow up a hot air balloon by pumping up and down, but their actions are enhanced with speed and animations when assisted.
In Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids, Dora and Boots need help bringing a Magic Crown to Marianna the Mermaid. By swinging, sliding and bouncing through the game, players travel over tropical land and sea to save Mermaid Kingdom. Along the way, Dora magically becomes a mermaid herself.
The Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue and Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Mermaids games feature the same voice actors as the Nick Jr. TV shows.