Leading Videogame Brand Set to Deliver the Definitive Sports Entertainment Experience With Added Depth, Explosive New Features and the Debut of Downloadable Content
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Mar 28, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) today
announced that WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2009 is in development
for the Xbox 360(R) videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft,
PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(R)2
computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system,
Wii(TM) videogame console, Nintendo DS(TM) and mobile devices. Joining
the immensely successful World Wrestling Entertainment(R) roster of
WWE SmackDown/SmackDown vs. Raw licensed videogames, which have
shipped more than 37 million units worldwide since 1999, WWE SmackDown
vs. Raw 2009 is expected to begin shipping to retail outlets worldwide
"The ambitious cross-platform launch of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008
last year yielded tremendous growth for the franchise, as we delivered
multiple gameplay experiences across seven platforms and greatly
expanded our audience of WWE videogame fans," said Bob Aniello, senior
vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. "With dynamic new features
and the extension of our gameplay experience through downloadable
content, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 will bring more console, handheld
and wireless gamers together to enjoy the virtual world of WWE."
"We are tremendously excited about the next groundbreaking release
in the billion dollar WWE SmackDown vs. Raw videogame franchise," said
Nelo Lucich, vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific.
"Downloadable content, innovative experiences with tag teams and a new
Create-A-Finisher feature, along with significant annual improvements
across all platforms, combine to bring the sports entertainment
experience to new heights and gratify our long-time fans, casual
gamers and franchise newcomers alike."
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 upholds the franchise's commitment to
delivering the definitive videogame simulation of live WWE
programming. The Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation 2 system
and PSP system versions of the game will unleash a brand new tag team
experience, allowing players to build momentum and attributes,
eliminate opponents with high impact double teams and finishers, as
well as get the "hot tag" for the win. The franchise's renowned
creation system offers a brand new Create-A-Finisher option, while a
new Road to WrestleMania(R) Mode paves the way to WWE's biggest event
of the year and lets players experience co-op storylines for the first
time. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 also extends the virtual WWE gameplay
experience with robust online capabilities, including the highly
anticipated debut of downloadable content.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii builds upon its inaugural
offering by significantly expanding its match type options, giving
players more ways to enjoy the platform's unique pick-up-and-play
experience. The game also takes full combat sports entertainment to
the next level by giving players more Superstar control with
interactive entrances and victory scenes. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
for Wii will also include a wide variety of new weapons, the debut of
online gameplay and much more.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Nintendo DS returns with new
gameplay controls that utilize the stylus and D-pad to deliver a
compelling handheld fighting game experience. The redesigned Season
Mode takes a role-playing approach, allowing players to interact with
Superstars, upgrade their abilities and complete missions on a quest
toward legendary goals. In addition, a larger Superstar roster, new
match types and the inclusion of Create-A-Superstar will provide
players with a variety of intriguing options to enhance gameplay.
More information about WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 can be found at
www.smackdownvsraw.com and www.thq.com.
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About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a multi-brand company that
designs and markets a broad range of toys and consumer products. The
product categories include: Action Figures, Art Activity Kits,
Stationery, Writing Instruments, Performance Kites, Water Toys, Sports
Activity Toys, Vehicles, Infant/Pre-School, Plush, Construction Toys,
Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, and Pet Toys and Accessories.
The products are sold under various brand names including JAKKS
Pacific(R), Play Along(R), Flying Colors(R), Creative Designs
International(TM), Road Champs(R), Child Guidance(R), Pentech(R),
Trendmasters(R), Toymax(R), Funnoodle(R), Go Fly a Kite(R), Color
Workshop(R), JAKKS Pets(TM) and Plug It In & Play TV Games(TM). JAKKS
and THQ Inc. participate in a joint venture that has worldwide rights
to publish and market World Wrestling Entertainment video games. For
further information, visit www.jakks.com.
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