CALABASAS HILLS, Calif. & SAN FRANCISCO, Jun 7, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) and SEGA(R) Corporation have announced
that SONIC ADVANCE 3 has shipped and is currently available at retail
outlets throughout North America for a suggested retail price of
$29.99. SONIC ADVANCE 3 is poised to build upon the top selling,
critically acclaimed Sonic Advance franchise, which now boasts sales
in excess of 1.5 million units according to NPD TRSTS.
"The Sonic franchise is among the top franchises on the Game Boy
Advance system," said Tiffany Ternan, senior vice president of North
American sales and distribution. "We look forward to building on that
success with SONIC ADVANCE 3."
"Our partnership with THQ has allowed us to extend the Sonic
franchise to millions of Game Boy Advance consumers across the globe,"
said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of entertainment marketing,
SEGA of America, Inc. "With Sonic Advance 3 handheld gamers can look
forward to Game Link multiplayer capabilities and an exciting new
battle mode. Everyone involved in the creative process deserves
recognition for delivering another amazing 2-D Sonic title."
About SONIC ADVANCE 3
In SONIC ADVANCE 3, Dr. Eggman has once again come up with a
scheme to conquer the world and stop the Hedgehog he can never seem to
catch. He has broken the world into seven parts and it's up to Sonic,
Tails, Knuckles, Cream and Amy to restore order quickly as they race
through all new environments while battling foes they've never
encountered. Each character has new abilities based on the partner
they're paired with and all powers are useful in the quest for
survival. SONIC ADVANCE 3 also features multiplayer fun for up to four
Game Boy(R) Advance systems using the Game Link(R) Cable. Linking four
Game Boy Advances together allows for a frantic two-on-two battle
SEGA(R) of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based
SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both
inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and
distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety
of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those
manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment
Inc. SEGA of America's Web site is located at www.SEGA.com.
THQ Inc. is a leading, worldwide developer and publisher of
interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms
including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony
Computer Entertainment America Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ
web site is located at www.thq.com. THQ and the THQ logo are
trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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SOURCE: THQ Inc.
THQ/ Media Relations
Rob Cassel, 818/871-8514
THQ/ Investor Relations
Julie MacMedan, 818/871-5095
SEGA of America, Inc.
Heather Guzenda, 415/701-4123
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