SpongeBob SquarePants(TM) Leaves Bikini Bottom in New Game for
Wii(TM), PlayStation(R)2 System, Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance
and Wireless Handsets
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2007--THQ Inc.
(NASDAQ:THQI) today announced SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis has
shipped to retailers throughout North America for the PlayStation(R)2
computer entertainment system, Nintendo DS(TM) and Game Boy(R)
Advance. In addition, a Wii version of the game is scheduled to be
available in the coming weeks. SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis
brings the top kids gaming property, with more than 20 million units
of SpongeBob video games shipped worldwide to-date, to a whole new
adventure full of rare treasures and magical worlds. The game is rated
E for everyone and is available for the suggested retail prices of
$49.99 (Wii), $29.99 (PlayStation 2 system, Nintendo DS) and $19.99
(Game Boy Advance).
SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis follows the storyline of
SpongeBob's first-ever television movie of the same name that will air
on Nickelodeon on Monday, November 12 from 8-9 p.m., ET/PT and is
scheduled to release on DVD November 13. Players will join SpongeBob
and Patrick in their second journey beyond Bikini Bottom to the
legendary city of Atlantis where they will take part in the adventure
by riding on a magical bus with the Bikini Bottom crew in the search
of the city's treasures.
With the goal of fulfilling SpongeBob's dream to uncover the
"World's Oldest Living Bubble," players will control whether Atlantis
brings him everything he desires, or if Plankton's evil plan will
burst his bubble. SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis includes
action-packed levels and unlockable objectives including the abilities
to invade Atlantis in the mighty Atlantean tank, create fine art with
Squidward and sing to power the magic bus to Atlantis. The game also
includes unlockable bonus features such as "Director's Commentary" on
the game delivered by SpongeBob himself.
An additional wireless version of the game, SpongeBob's Atlantis
SquarePantis: Atlantis Treasures, is scheduled to be available across
all major wireless carriers in December.
For more information about SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis and
the rest of THQ's lineup of games, please visit www.playthq.com.
About Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products
Nickelodeon, in its 28th year, is the number-one entertainment
brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting
kids first in everything it does. The company includes television
programming and production in the United States and around the world,
plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and
feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost
96 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable
network for 13 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles,
characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.
About THQ Inc.
THQ Inc. is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of
interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products
for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices.
Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product
through its global network of offices located throughout North
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Karen Fujimoto, 818-871-5188
Julie MacMedan, 818-871-5125
SOURCE: THQ Inc.