Leading Fighting Videogame Franchise Set to Expand the Virtual WWE Universe With New Playable Superstars and Clothing Choices
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Jan 08, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) today
announced the availability of the first downloadable content package for WWE(R)
SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2009, the latest release in the leading fighting
videogame franchise. Now available for download worldwide via
PlayStation(R)Network for the PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system,
the content enables players to update their virtual WWE experience with
new playable Superstars and ring gear. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 originally
launched on November 9, 2008 and is available at major retailers
The content package for PlayStation Network, available for a suggested
retail price of $4.99, will include Evan Bourne(TM), Ted DiBiase(TM) and
Charlie Haas(TM) (playable Superstars); Kelly Kelly(TM) and Maria(TM) (holiday
costumes); Kane(R) (masked); as well as new ring gear for Chris Jericho(R),
MVP(TM) and Edge(R). In addition, future content is planned for PlayStation
Network, as well as the first content for Xbox LIVE(R) Marketplace for the
Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
"Consumers are constantly looking for ways to modify and enhance their
gameplay experiences online, and the ever-changing WWE brand offers many
exciting opportunities to bring fresh, dynamic content to our WWE
SmackDown vs. Raw community," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice
president, publishing, THQ.
"Downloadable content is the perfect complement to WWE SmackDown vs.
Raw, and we are excited to enter into this new arena of gaming with
the WWE franchise," said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of
interactive, JAKKS Pacific.
About WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system,
PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and PSP(R)
(PlayStation(R)Portable) system unleashes 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 a franchise-first co-op storyline. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw
2009 also extends the virtual WWE gameplay experience with robust
online capabilities, including the debut of downloadable content.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii(TM) 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. Gameplay advances to the next level, giving players more
Superstar control with interactive entrances and victory scenes. WWE
SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii also includes a wide variety of new
objects, the debut of online gameplay and much more.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Nintendo DS(TM) 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 provides 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
About World Wrestling Entertainment,
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WWE), can be found at wwe.com
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About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of
toys and consumer products, with a wide range of products that feature
some of the most popular children's toy licenses in the world. JAKKS'
diverse portfolio includes 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,
sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific(R), Play
Along(R), Flying Colors(R), Creative Designs International(TM), Road Champs(R),
Child Guidance(R), Pentech(R), Funnoodle(R), Go Fly a Kite(R), Color Workshop(R),
JAKKS Pets(TM), EyeClops(R), Plug It In & Play TV Games(TM), Kids Only(R),
Tollytots(R) and Disguise(TM). JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several
hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including
Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., World Wrestling Entertainment,
Ultimate Fighting Championship, Graco and Cabbage Patch Kids. 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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World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
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