FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AGOURA HILLS, CA, November 7, 2005 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and SEGA Europe, Ltd. today announced that they have entered a co-publishing and distribution deal for the SEGA Double Packs on Game Boy Advance in European PAL territories and Australia. Each value package gives gamers a great variety of Sonic's most exciting handheld adventures on a single cartridge and is expected to be available from November 2005.
"This is a great opportunity for THQ to bring great games at a fantastic price point to shoppers in time for the Christmas holiday," stated Ian Curran, senior vice president, European publishing, THQ. "The Sonic franchise in particular is extremely popular and we're pleased to be able to give consumers another opportunity to experience these exciting games."
"Given the recent release of the Game Boy Micro and the backwards compatibility of the Nintendo DS, the Game Boy platform is as relevant and popular as ever," said Mike Hayes, President & COO, SEGA Europe Ltd. "The SEGA combo packs offer two distinctly different gameplay experiences, both perfect for gaming on the go. We're excited to be able to work with THQ to bring the product to the European market."
Under the terms of the agreement, THQ will co-publish and distribute the following Game Boy Advance titles:
Sonic Advance + Sonic Battle
Sonic Advance + Sonic Pinball Party
Sonic Advance + ChuChu Rocket!
Columns Crown + ChuChu Rocket!
Sonic Pinball Party + Sonic Battle
Sonic Battle + ChuChu Rocket!
Sonic Pinball Party + Columns Crown
About the Games
The evil Dr. Eggman is at it again, with a brand new scheme to trip up Sonic and his pals. Maneuver your way through obstacles, puzzles and traps to collect the Chao Emeralds and defeat the vile Dr. Eggman before it's too late!
Sonic Pinball Party
Shoot, tilt, and flip your way through 3 vibrant pinball boards, featuring Sonic TeamTM characters, including Sonic & friends, Amigo and NiGHTS!
Sonic and pals are gearing up for some brawling action! Fight as one of nine characters including Sonic, Tails and Shadow; knock 'em dead with special attacks and team-based assaults; create and train fighting partner for 2-on-2 battles; duke it out with your friends in 4-player battles.
Get ready for cat n' mouse chaos in space! Lead your mice to their get-away rockets before your rivals can sneak the space cats on board!
Princess Dazzle has searched all over for the missing Magic Gems that fill in the Columns Crown. You must help her recover them from a band of Forest Thieves by beating every puzzle to unlock the hidden Gems! Can you collect them all and complete the crown?
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SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe's web site is located at www.sega-europe.com.
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