The following press release was issued today by THQ:
WWE Survivor Series Ships for Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance; WWE Franchise Returns to Handheld Market This Holiday
CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., Oct 21, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) — THQ(R) Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq:JAKK) today announced the release of their newest World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) (NYSE:WWE) licensed video game, WWE Survivor Series(R) for the Nintendo(R) Game Boy(R) Advance. Developed by Natsume, the game is now available at major retail outlets nationwide and features 16 WWE Superstars, an original story mode and eight different match types.
“We’re thrilled to bring all the action, excitement and attitude of the WWE to the Game Boy Advance,” said Peter Dille, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, THQ. “Bringing major entertainment brands like WWE to Nintendo’s handheld systems have been key to building our dominant position in that market”
“Building on our past successes of our WWE video game titles to date, we’re excited to launch WWE Survivor Series for Game Boy Advance before the busy holiday season,” stated Nelo Lucich, Vice President of Interactive, JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
“We are very enthusiastic about the release of WWE Survivor Series for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and are very excited to be back in the handheld category once again,” said Donna Goldsmith, Senior Vice President of Consumer Products at World Wrestling Entertainment.
About WWE Survivor Series
Developed by Natsume, WWE Survivor Series allows players to get in the ring with 16 of the WWE’s top Superstars from both RAW(R) and SmackDown!(TM) including, John Cena(TM), Randy Orton(TM), Eddie Guerrero(TM) and Rey Mysterio(TM). An original story mode allows players to fight their way up the ranks and challenge to become the WWE champion. WWE Survivor Series features several WWE PPV’s including, WrestleMania(R), Royal Rumble(R), SummerSlam(R) and Survivor Series. Players will also have the ability to challenge friends in 8 match types including Cage, Tag Team and Fatal 4 Way(TM) using the GBA Link cable.
About World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. Information on television ratings and community activities can be found at parents.wwe.com.
About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.:
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. is a multi-brand company that designs and markets a broad range of toys and leisure products. The product categories include: Action Figures, Arts & Activity Kits, Stationery, Writing Instruments, Performance Kites, Water Toys, Sports Activity Toys, Vehicles, Infant/Pre-School, Plush, Construction Toys and Dolls. The products are sold under various brand names including Play Along(R), Flying Colors(R), Road Champs(R), Remco(R), Child Guidance(R), Pentech(R), Trendmasters(R), Toymax(R), Funnoodle(R), Go Fly a Kite(R) and ColorWorkshop(TM). The Company also participates in a joint venture with THQ Inc. that has exclusive worldwide rights to publish and market World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) video games. For further information, visit www.jakkspacific.com.
THQ(R) Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) 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.
The names of all World Wrestling Entertainment televised and live programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans and wrestling moves and all World Wrestling Entertainment logos are trademarks which are the exclusive property of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All other trademarks, product names, company names and logos cited herein are the property of their respective owners
This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, the release and features of WWE Survivor Series. 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”) and are based upon management’s beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements, including, but not limited to economic, competitive and technological factors affecting the operations, markets, products, and pricing of THQ. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the
results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ’s financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2004, and particularly the discussion of risk factors that may affect results of operations set forth therein. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.
SOURCE: THQ Inc.