FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – April 15, 2008 –THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced Dancing with the Stars, based on the popular ABC television show of the same name, is now available for Windows PC, online download and mobile phones. Published by THQ’s ValuSoft division, the new Dancing with the Stars video game puts players in the role of their favorite celebrity as they test their skills while performing some of the most popular dances featured on the show.
In Dancing with the Stars for Windows PC, gamers will put on the dancing shoes of some of their favorite celebrity contestants from previous seasons of the television series. Gamers can dance their hearts out as one of 26 favorite celebrities and professional dancers including Apolo Anton Ohno, Billy Ray Cyrus, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Harry Hamlin, Joey Fatone, Mario Lopez, Stacy Keibler and others to impress judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Players will be put to the test as they choreograph their own routines for 11 different dance styles including the Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Paso Doble, Waltz and Tango. Using power modes, dancers can mesmerize the judges, thrill the crowd and boost their ability to perform a certain move. Armed with the Dancing with the Stars’ wardrobe, virtual dancers can don a show-stopping costume for every dance. Three mini-games allow players to help increase their celebrity’s rhythm, posture and showmanship in their effort to receive a perfect score. Fans of Dancing with the Stars can also learn the secrets to perfect dance steps while watching a full-motion video of two of the show’s star dancers – Karina Smirnoff and Jonathan Roberts.
Dancing with the Stars for mobile phones lets wireless gamers choose their celebrity and costume while training their way through five exciting mini-games. Players can select from 16 favorite celebrity dancers as they choose to perform the Cuban Cha-Cha or the Jive to wow the judges. Gamers can also track their successes and ranking in an eight week competition.
For more information about Dancing with the Stars and the rest of THQ and ValuSoft’s lineup of games, please visit www.thq.com and www.valusoft.com.
About Dancing with the Stars
“Dancing with the Stars,” now in its sixth season, is hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Samantha Harris (“E! Entertainment”) and features celebrities paired with professional dancers performing choreographed dance routines that are judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced in America by BBC Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs.
The series airs on ABC Mondays, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m., ET with the weekly Results Show Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m., ET) Episodes of “Dancing with the Stars” are available for viewing on ABC.com the day after airing on the network.
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 throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless, ValuSoft and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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