Gamer Favorites Including Disney*Pixar's Cars, SpongeBob SquarePants and
Avatar Scheduled to Launch in Conjunction With Highly Anticipated Hardware
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Leading
independent publisher THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) today announced its robust
launch line-up for Nintendo's highly anticipated next-generation gaming
system, the Wii(TM) home video game console. THQ's Wii line-up features games
based on some of the most popular television and movie properties, including
Disney*Pixar's Cars, as well as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Barnyard and
SpongeBob SquarePants(TM): Creature from the Krusty Krab.
"Nintendo has a remarkable ability to inspire game developers to create
compelling interactive experiences for their increasingly innovative game
systems," said Kelly Flock, executive vice president of worldwide publishing,
THQ. "As the #1 third-party publisher of software across all Nintendo gaming
systems, THQ's library of popular mass-market brands aligns perfectly with
Nintendo's strategy of creating fun and accessible experiences for the new
"THQ's proven brands have long resonated with Nintendo's extremely
dedicated audience," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.
"Wii's potential to bring gaming to the masses using the ground-breaking
Wii Remote, presents a unique opportunity for THQ. We welcome the addition of
their strong lineup to the best launch library ever for a Nintendo console."
About the Avatar: The Last Airbender Video Game
Based on one of Nickelodeon's hottest TV shows, the Avatar: The Last
Airbender video game brings to life an adventure of intrigue, deceit and
revelation. Players can play as all four main characters from the show: Aang,
Katara, Haru and Sokka, as they mimic their martial arts movements from the
show using the Wii remote and nunchuk. Players will be able to use the
Wii's controller to perform melee attacks in sweeping gestures to create
combo-moves, draw symbols from the "Avatar world" in a time based series in
order to generate special moves, and control the game camera through tilting
About the Barnyard Video Game
Players will enter the world of Nickelodeon's newest adventure and bring
the "Barnyard" movie to life in the Barnyard video game. The variety of
gameplay suits the Wii controller perfectly in mini-games including golf,
darts, billiards, and shooting tomatoes to defend the farm. Players will feel
like they are actually swinging a club, throwing darts, aiming a pool cue, as
well as pointing and shooting the tomato gun. In addition to taking full
advantage of the new controller, Barnyard will also feature higher resolution
graphics, new minigames, and customization options not seen in the previously
released console versions.
About the Disney*Pixar's Cars Video Game
The Cars video game challenges players to relive the excitement created by
Lightning McQueen and his friends in the blockbuster film. Fans will interact
with their favorite characters and environments from the film with more than
10 playable characters to choose from. Cars features a fully immersive
re-creation of expansive worlds, such as Radiator Springs, and exciting
gameplay -- including use of the Wii controller as a steering wheel -- in more
than 30 races and minigames.
About the Sponge Bob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab Video Game
In a unique and creative twist, SpongeBob SquarePants explores the
peculiar world of Bikini Bottom as it transforms through a series of unusual
visual styles. The game offers fans different Wii gameplay mechanics through
nine visually bizarre levels. Players can knock down buildings with the Wii
nunchuk as they rampage as Giant Plankton, blast through space as Patrick
using the Wii controller as an aircraft control stick, or turn the Wii
controller on its side to use as a steering wheel for a virtual driving
For more information about THQ's Wii products, as well as other video
games, please visit www.thq.com.
About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios combines creative and technical artistry to create
original stories in the medium of computer animation. Pixar has created seven
of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Toy Story, A
Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and
Cars. Pixar has won 20 Academy Awards(R) and its seven films have grossed
more than $3.7 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The Northern
California studio's next film release is Ratatouille (summer 2007).
Nickelodeon, in its 27th 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 more than 90 million households and has been the
number-one-rated basic cable network for eleven consecutive years.
Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of
Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B)
Nintendo's next system, Wii, will feature a controller designed to be used
with either one hand or two -- a first in the video game industry. When
picked up and pointed at the screen, the controller gives a lightning-quick
element of interaction, sensing motion, depth, positioning and targeting
dictated by movement of the controller itself.
THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) 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 America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and
www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless and their respective logos are
trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
Nintendo and Wii are trademarks of Nintendo.
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facts may be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements
are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the
business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as "THQ"),
including, but not limited to, expectations and projections related to the
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Barnyard, Disney*Pixar's Cars, and SpongeBob
SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab video games, and are based upon
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SOURCE THQ Inc.