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THQ Ships Two SEGA Classics for Game Boy Advance

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 26, 2002--

RPG Legend `Phantasy Star(TM)' and Fantasy Adventure `Altered

Beast(TM): Guardian of the Realms(TM)' Deliver Retro Gaming for the

Handheld Enthusiast

THQ(R) Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) today shipped PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION(TM) and ALTERED BEAST(TM): GUARDIAN OF THE REALMS(TM) for Game Boy(R) Advance. PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION, a compilation of the first three Phantasy Star games released by SEGA, and ALTERED BEAST: GUARDIAN OF THE REALMS, are available now at major retail outlets nationwide.

"THQ continues to draw from SEGA's well of popular arcade and console titles for entertaining and engaging Game Boy Advance games," said Alison Locke, executive vice president, North American publishing, THQ. "Our multi-title publishing agreement with SEGA allows us to bring these hit franchises to the Game Boy Advance platform where they can be enjoyed by a new generation of video game fans."

"SEGA's massive library of classic content is unmatched in the video game industry," said Charles Bellfield, vice president of strategic planning and corporate affairs, SEGA of America, Inc. "Working with THQ, SEGA is bringing back two of its best known classics to the handheld gaming platform with PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION and ALTERED BEAST: GUARDIAN OF THE REALMS."

About Phantasy Star Collection

A compilation pack of the first three Phantasy Star products, Collection delivers 50+ hours of classic Sci-Fi RPG gaming in just one game pack. This RPG series revolutionized the genre with immersive 3-D dungeons, huge environments to explore and hours of gameplay.


-- Phantasy Star -- King Lassic has inflicted his evil reign on

        the galaxy and only Alis Landale can stop his tyranny. With a
        party of three, Alis will travel the vast Algo Solar System,
        doing battle against Lassic's minions with a myriad of
        weapons, magical spells, and armor.

    --  Phantasy Star II -- An unknown evil is overtaking planet Mota
        and Rolf must unlock the mystery behind this dark force to
        restore peace. He will have to journey to a distant planet and
        battle monsters to save the world or all will be lost.

    --  Phantasy Star III -- The adventure continues as the Dark
        Forces still remain. This adventure is so vast it spawns three
        generations, trekking through seven distant lands to reach one
        of four surprise endings.

About Altered Beast: Guardian of the Realms

Zeus, creator and ruler of the Guardians of the Gates, raises Antonius to go forth and defeat a new, unknown evil that has destroyed the Guardians and ravaged the universe. To do so, he must collect the Keys and Essence of each land, transforming him into 13 distinctive beasts with unnatural powers and special abilities. ALTERED BEAST features 16 action-packed worlds inspired by Greek mythology, magical weapons and two multi-player modes: 2-player Co-op Story Mode and 4-player battle arenas.

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About SEGA

SEGA of America is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a $3.5 billion corporation by market capitalization, recognized as a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA's Web site is located at

About THQ

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 The THQ Wireless site is located at

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Erik Reynolds (Media Relations), 818/871-8514
THQ/Investor Relations, 818/871-5090
SEGA of America, Inc.
Gwen Marker, 415/701-3814