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CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 19, 2001--THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI - news) today announced ``Rugrats(TM): All Growed Up'' for PC in celebration of the show's one-hour primetime anniversary special this Saturday, July 21, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
``Rugrats: All Growed Up'' for PC will mark THQ's 13th Rugrats release when it hits retail this fall, representing the longest- running game franchise in the company's history. Rugrats console and PC games have sold more than 7 million units worldwide.
``Nickelodeon has become an extremely important partner for THQ over the years, and we are delighted with the ongoing success of the Rugrats property,'' stated Jeff Lapin, vice chairman and COO, THQ. ``Our 2001 line-up features not only Rugrats releases but games based on several other key Nickelodeon properties, including 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' 'Rocket Power,' 'The Wild Thornberry's' and Nickelodeon's holiday 2001 major motion picture, 'Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius.'''
``Rugrats: All Growed Up'' is based on Rugrats 10th anniversary primetime special that features the Rugrats babies 10 years older. The babies are watching their favorite TV show in the Pickle's living room, ``Dr. Spooky,'' when they are suddenly transported 10 years into the future by Dr. Spooky's time machine. It's not long before the babies want to go back to being babies and must search for the parts to construct the un-time machine.
Additionally, THQ announced ``Rugrats(TM): Castle Capers'' for Game Boy Advance. ``Rugrats: Castle Capers'' features all the Rugrats in a brand new adventure. Stu is commissioned to build a playground set for the Reptar Pizza restaurant chain. When Angelica spies the set in the backyard, she believes it's a castle, deems herself queen and takes all the babies' favorite possessions. Now the babies must band together to retrieve their belongings.
THQ Inc. develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms, including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ Web site is located at www.thq.com.
This news 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 the company's business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance 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 the company's products, 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 most recent report on Form 8-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Nov. 13, 2000. A copy of this filing may be obtained by contacting the company or the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
THQ, Calabasas Hills Liz Pieri, 818/871-5061 (Media Relations) Mary Nelson Garrett, 818/871-5090 (Investor Relations)
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