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THQ Wireless Brings Midway Arcade Classics to Mobile Phones

The Best Games of The 80's and 90's Are Back ... And This Time They Are Mobile!

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., Sept. 28, 2004: THQ WirelessTM Inc., a subsidiary of THQ® Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI), today announced that it has obtained a license from Midway® to bring seven of the best Midway arcade titles to mobile devices. All games and content are expected to be available through leading carriers worldwide.

From Mortal Kombat's signature moves, to the flying action of Joust, to the outer space warfare of Defender, THQ Wireless is bringing Midway's classic arcade hits to mobile users across the globe.

"Midway's timeless arcade classics remain as fun and addictive as they were nearly 10 to 20 years ago - these hits will never go out of style," said Tim Walsh, president of THQ Wireless. "It's a testimony to technological advances that gameplay experiences that once stood six feet tall can now fit into gamer's pockets."

"Midway is excited to see THQ bring these classics to mobile phones," said Steve Booth, vice president of licensing at Midway. "THQ has committed to develop content and graphics that have the same look, feel and sounds of the original arcade games; you can carry an entire arcade everywhere you go."

The lineup of classic Midway games from THQ Wireless includes:

  • Defender® (1980): One of the most influential arcade games of all time. As with the classic game, the objective is to defend the human population from swarms of attacking mutant aliens.
  • Joust® (1982): Players are knights flying on the backs of ostriches, battling winged enemies from knights on vultures, to pterodactyls. And just like the jousting contests from the arcade game, the highest lance wins.
  • Robotron: 2084® (1982): Frenetic action that took the world by storm. The objective is to take out an endless horde of robot enemies that are determined to overwhelm the player!
  • Spy Hunter® (1983): As a secret agent driving a sports cars rigged with all manner of weapons, the player outruns nefarious villains like the Enforcer, the Mad Bomber, and Switch Blade, who each have their signature deadly weapons.
  • Marble Madness® (1984): Players control a marble through a colorful 3D world, out maneuvering enemies and obstacles in a race to the goal line. Obstacles include marble munchers, acid pools, an evil steelie marble, and more.
  • Tapper® (1984): This classic takes place in a western saloon where the customers are thirsty and demand a tall cool root beer. Players must serve drinks to customers before they get ornery! Make sure you don't break any glasses!
  • Mortal Kombat® (1992): Considered by many to be the ultimate player versus opponent fighting game with digitized characters and background graphics, Mortal Kombat challenges players to finish off opponents in style through various martial arts tournaments.

About Midway

Midway Games Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment software. Midway videogames are available for play on all major videogame platforms including the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox, Nintendo GameCubeTM and Game Boy® Advance.

MIDWAY, MORTAL KOMBAT, DEFENDER, JOUST, ROBOTRON: 2084, TAPPER and SPY HUNTER are registered trademarks of Midway Amusement Games, LLC. MARBLE MADNESS is a registered trademark of Midway Games West Inc. Used under license.

About THQ Wireless:

THQ WirelessTM Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI), is a leading worldwide publisher and distributor of applications for mobile devices with an expansive catalog of licensed and original content including applications based on the WWETM, professional sports leagues, MotoGP, Worms® and popular Nickelodeon properties. THQ Wireless has relationships with major wireless carriers, operators, device manufacturers and retailers worldwide. Further information can be found at www.thqwireless.com.

About THQ

THQ® Inc. is a leading, worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms including those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft as well as PC CD-ROM and wireless devices. The THQ web site is located at www.thq.com. THQ, THQ Wireless and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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, services 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 and 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.

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