Monday, June 11, 2012

Nickelodeon And 2K Play To Launch Lineup Of Brand New Video Games Based On Hit Nick Jr. Preschool Shows And Characters

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2K Play And Nickelodeon To Launch Lineup Of Games Based On Hit New Preschool Shows And Characters

2K Play and Nickelodeon announced today new video games that celebrate the imaginative, educational and interactive worlds of Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series, Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies and Team Umizoomi. Available this fall, Nickelodeon Dance 2 for console systems builds on the success of its predecessor, Nickelodeon Dance, by featuring new Nickelodeon characters, innovative game modes, original dances, and energetic songs from the network’s hit TV shows. In addition, Bubble Guppies, the top-rated CG-animated preschool series, makes a splash with its video game debut, delighting Nintendo DS™ gamers with a watery world of laughter and learning. Rounding out the lineup, Dora & Team Umizoomi's Fantastic Flight for Nintendo DS brings together the mighty math superheroes of Team Umizoomi and the beloved Dora the Explorer for the very first time.

"Nickelodeon Dance 2 builds on the active fun children, moms, teachers and grandparents had with our original dance sensation by adding new songs, characters, and twists,” said Steve Lux, Vice President of Business Development for 2K Play. "On the portable front, we’re delighted to introduce games based on preschoolers' favorite new Nickelodeon properties, including Bubble Guppies and Team Umizoomi, providing the perfect opportunity to play learning games on the go."

"Our new titles with 2K Play exemplify Nickelodeon’s ongoing commitment of stimulating and developing preschoolers' minds through play and education," said Sherice Torres, Senior Vice President of Home Entertainment, DTO and Video Game Licensing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. “Kids will love singing, dancing and interacting with the characters from their favorite preschoolers series.”

In Nickelodeon Dance 2, gamers of all ages can dance, sing and workout with more Nickelodeon friends than ever before. Thirty all-new tracks include chart-toppers from hit Nick Jr. TV shows, like The Fresh Beat Band, Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and The Backyardigans. Original dance routines are under development with the guidance of an Emmy-recognized® children's dance choreographer.

The first Nickelodeon Dance was named one of Parents magazine's "15 Best Video Games" in 2011. It was also featured in The Active Gaming Showcase, which is the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and the Entertainment Software Association’s joint initiative to promote active play through video games. Nickelodeon Dance 2 continues the franchise’s trend of encouraging heart-healthy activity with the inclusion of a special workout mode.

Bubble Guppies for Nintendo DS is the first video game featuring the fish-tailed classmates Molly, Gil, Deema, Nonny, Oona, and Goby from Nickelodeon’s top-rated CG-animated preschool series. Gamers will dive into an underwater world of learning and exploration in this fin-tastic voyage.

In Dora & Team Umizoomi's Fantastic Flight for Nintendo DS, Dora the Explorer steps into her first adventure with the mighty members of Team Umizoomi. Gamers will help Millie, Geo, Bot and Dora on a high-flying journey, practicing math and problem-solving skills along the way.

Nickelodeon Dance 2 for console systems, Bubble Guppies for Nintendo DS and Dora & Team Umizoomi's Fantastic Flight for Nintendo DS will be available this November and have not yet been rated by the ESRB. The console titles are being developed by High Voltage Software, Inc., and Nintendo DS titles by Black Lantern Studios, Inc.

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