Review: Sesame Street Game for Wii

It’s been quite a while since my 5-year-old was into Elmo. A long while. But I still held out hope that he would take to the new Sesame Street games for Wii and Nintendo DS.

I was one of a group of bloggers that went to a game demo in October. It was interesting to meet the developers and hear about how the game was made. We were given Elmo’s A to Zoo Adventure for Wii  (there’s also a DS version) and it came with a furry red Elmo cover for the controller.

The remote is held with two hands end to end and the cover covers up many of the keys to make it easier for younger kids to use.

The Elmo cover was very cute, but we ended up needing to take it off. The game wasn’t playing properly with it on. In fact, the controller was a bit wonky when it wasn’t turned and aimed directly at the television screen.

Once my son played without the cover and got the hang of it, he seemed to enjoy it. One of the questions I asked at the Sesame Street demo was how do I get my son interested in playing a game with Elmo and Zoe learning about letters when he’s used to pretending to be Lego Luke Skywalker fighting Darth Vader.

They said to ask our older son to help the younger one play the game. It was a cute idea, but all I had to tell my 5-year-old was that this Wii game was just for him. With a brother 18-months older, he doesn’t have much that’s just his and I think that may have won him over.

Admittedly, my son is an older preschooler and could be in kindergarten right now, but it seems like the game (along with his wonderful new preschool) is encouraging his interest in letters and words. And it’s rekindled his love for Elmo. He wants to read his old Elmo books and instead of curling up next to his plastic light saber at night he’s snuggling with his Elmo doll.

I hope that Sesame Street can fix some of the glitches with the game, i.e. the use of the controller, because I think it’s a great way for younger kids to play a more gentle and engaging Wii game.

Giveaway Monday – Sesame Street DVDs

It’s Giveaway Monday and this week I have something educational for preschool age kids. I’m giving away 2 Sesame Street DVDs, Preschool is Cool! Counting with Elmo and Preschool is Cool! ABC’s with Elmo. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with your contact information and live in the United States. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.

I was given the DVDs at a demo for two new Sesame Street video games for Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. The Wii versions of Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, come with an Elmo or Cookie monster control cover. It’s designed to make it easier for smaller kids to control and also make it fun to learn. I’m hoping to review the game soon. Actually, my preschooler will review the game and let me know if he likes it.

In addition to the DVD giveaway, I also have a coupon code for the games. The code is good now until Dec. 20. Just go to the Sesame Street store and use the coupon code MOMMY to get 10 percent off any Sesame Street Video Game.

I am pleased to announce that Modern Mami is the winner!. Thanks everyone for playing.