REPEAT/WWE ``WrestleMania XIX'' Ships for Nintendo GameCube; Features All New Gameplay Mechanics Based On Real-Life WWE Superstar Attributes.
REPEATING...inserting ticker symbol
CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 8, 2003
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 WrestleMania XIX," exclusively for Nintendo(R) GameCube(TM). Emphasizing simulation-style gameplay, "WWE WrestleMania XIX" features all the action, excitement and attitude of World Wrestling Entertainment. The World Wrestling Entertainment videogame franchise remains one of the biggest brands in interactive entertainment, with total sales in excess of $350 million in the U.S. alone. "WWE WrestleMania XIX" is available now at major retail outlets throughout North America.
"`WWE WrestleMania XIX' not only appeals to hardcore wrestling fans with its in-depth story mode, location-specific damage and enhanced grappling engine, but also reaches fans across all genres of fighting games, as a fast-paced competitive experience," stated Peter Dille, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. "This next installment in the GameCube franchise delivers our most compelling WWE experience to date with new game modes, impressive graphics and the power of the world-recognized WWE brand."
"`WWE WrestleMania XIX' for GameCube offers a new dynamic to WWE videogame fans," said Nelo Lucich, Vice President of Interactive, JAKKS Pacific. "With all new gameplay mechanics and Superstars with real-life attributes based on power, strength and speed, the realism of WWE WrestleMania is brought closer to the fans exclusively through this Nintendo GameCube release."
About "WWE WrestleMania XIX"
Developed by Yuke's Co., Ltd. of Japan, "WWE WrestleMania XIX" features more than 40 WWE Superstars, including Stone Cold Steve Austin(TM), Triple H(TM) and Brock Lesnar(TM). The game also showcases several WWE Superstars for the first time, including Goldberg(TM), Scott Steiner(TM) and Rey Mysterio(R), giving "WWE WrestleMania XIX" an impressive stable of overall talent. New features exclusive to "WWE WrestleMania XIX" include an all-new story mode that takes players across five different environments in 30 unique missions complete with scripted cut-scenes. In addition to the all-new story mode, "WWE WrestleMania XIX" features an enhanced countering system with strong and weak grapples, detailed Superstar models and location-specific moves with realistic results. Players can wear down their opponents by taking advantage of each Superstar's unique abilities, attributes and extensive move sets. "WWE WrestleMania XIX" includes several new game modes, including Tutorial, ShopZone(TM) and story-driven Revenge mode.
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 City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For additional information on WrestleMania XX, to be broadcast live on pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 14, 2004, go to wrestlemania.wwe.com.
About JAKKS Pacific
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 & Crafts Activity Kits, Stationery, Writing Instruments, Performance Kites, Water Toys, Sports Activity Toys, Vehicles, Infant/Pre-School, Plush and Dolls. The products are sold under various brand names, including 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 Color Workshop(R). 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.
About Yuke's Co., Ltd.
Based in Japan and established in 1993, Yuke's Co., Ltd. is a developer of next-generation console games in which THQ has a minority interest. Yuke's credits include the multi-million unit selling "WWE(TM) SmackDown!(TM)" franchise.
THQ Inc. develops and publishes interactive entertainment software worldwide 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.
This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about THQ's business based, in part, on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of THQ's future performance or the performance of "WWE WrestleMania XIX," including the respective media campaign, and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above and the following: changes in demand for THQ's products, including "WWE WrestleMania XIX"; product mix; the timing of customer orders and deliveries; the impact of competitive products and pricing; and difficulties encountered in the integration of acquired businesses. In addition, such statements could be affected by growth rates and market conditions relating to the interactive software industry and general domestic and international economic conditions. Specific information concerning these and other such factors is contained in the company's transition report on Form 10-KT for the period ended March 31, 2003. A copy of this filing may be obtained by contacting THQ or the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and THQ does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
Trademarks: 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.