CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., June 8 - THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) today released two new Game BoyÂ® Advance Double Packs, each featuring two previously released, top-selling titles. One Double Pack includes games based on popular Nickelodeon TV shows, SpongeBob SquarePantsTM: Battle for Bikini Bottom and Fairly OddParents: Breakin' Da Rules. The other features two titles based on the hit Walt Disney Pictures presentations of Pixar Animation Studios' films, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. Both packs are now available for $29.99 each at retail outlets throughout North America, offering consumers a great entertainment value.
"As the long-standing leader of the handheld gaming market, THQ was the first company to release these innovative Double Packs for the Game Boy Advance," said Tiffany Ternan, senior vice president of North American sales and distribution, THQ. "The compilation Double Packs present a tremendous value to consumers allowing kids to interact with their favorite characters from top-rated TV shows and movies in multiple adventures."
About SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom and Fairly OddParents: Breakin' Da Rules Game Boy Advance Double Pack:
In SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, the evil Plankton has set in motion his most diabolical plot ever to take over the world. The fate of Bikini Bottom has been put in the hands (or small tentacles) of our unsuspecting heroes - SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy Cheeks, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Gary. Players will encounter familiar friends as they explore huge worlds, looking for hidden items to unlock bonus games, completing puzzles and mini-games, soaking up SpongeBob humor, and finally putting an end to Plankton's rotten scheme.
In The Fairly OddParents: Breakin' Da Rules, "Da Rules" book (the ultimate guide to having Fairy God Parents) has disappeared, leaving Cosmo and Wanda without their magical powers. The player, as Timmy, enters 12 levels in four diverse environments based on the TV series.
About Walt Disney Pictures presentations of Pixar Animation Studios' films Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. Game Boy Advance Double Pack:
Finding Nemo follows the exciting adventures of Nemo and all the beloved characters from the Academy AwardÂ®-winning film. Play as Nemo and join the tank gang in their plan to escape from the dentist office. Players also can dive in for the ultimate underwater adventure as Dory and Marlin navigate their way through the jellyfish forest, escape from Bruce the shark and ride the Eastern Australian current with the sea turtles. The search for Nemo is on!
In a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar Animation Studios' film Monsters, Inc. players assume the role of Sulley, Monsters, Inc.'s top "Scarer." After Sulley accidentally lets a little girl (nick-named Boo) into the monster world, it's his mission to return her home safely. Using Sulley's laugh launcher to defend themselves, players will explore different monster world environments in more than 20 levels including restaurant buildings, the scream factory and the neighborhood streets of Monstropolis.
For more information about the rest of THQ's 2005 video game lineup, please visit the THQ website at www.thq.com.
Nickelodeon, which is in its 26th 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 89 million households and has been the number- one-rated basic cable network for more than nine consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
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 six of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Pixar has won 18 Academy AwardsÂ® and its six films have grossed more than $3.2 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The Northern California studio will release its next film, Cars, on June 9, 2006.
About Buena Vista Games
Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) is the interactive entertainment arm of The Walt Disney Company. The division publishes, markets and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with third-party interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. For more information, please log on to www.buenavistagames.com.
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 in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Korea and Australia. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ and its logo is a trademark and/or registered trademark of THQ Inc. Game Boy Advance is a trademark of Nintendo.
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