January 9, 2009


Leading Fighting Videogame
Franchise Set to Expand the Virtual WWE Universe With New Playable Superstars
and Clothing Choices

THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
today announced the availability of the first downloadable content package for
WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2009, the latest release in the leading fighting
videogame franchise.  Now available for download worldwide via
PlayStation®Network for the PLAYSTATION 3, the content enables players to update
their virtual WWE experience with new playable Superstars and ring gear. 
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 originally launched on November 9, 2008 and is
available at major retailers worldwide.

The content package for PlayStation
Network, available for a suggested retail price of $4.99, will include Evan
Bourne™, Ted DiBiase™ and Charlie Haas™ (playable Superstars); Kelly Kelly™ and
Maria™ (holiday costumes); Kane® (masked); as well as new ring gear for Chris
Jericho®, MVP™ and Edge®.  In addition, future content is planned for
PlayStation Network, as well as the first content for Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for
the Xbox 360®.
“Consumers are constantly looking for ways to modify and enhance their gameplay
experiences online, and the ever-changing WWE brand offers many exciting
opportunities to bring fresh, dynamic content to our WWE SmackDown vs. Raw
community,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, publishing, THQ.

“Downloadable content is the perfect
complement to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, and we are excited to enter into this new
arena of gaming with the WWE franchise,” said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president
of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. 

About WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation®2
computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system unleashes a
brand-new tag team experience, allowing players to build momentum and
attributes, eliminate opponents with high-impact double teams and finishers, as
well as get the “hot tag” for the win.  The franchise’s renowned creation
system offers a brand new Create-A-Finisher option, while a new Road to
WrestleMania® Mode paves the way to WWE’s biggest event of the year and lets
players experience a franchise-first co-op storyline.  WWE SmackDown vs.
Raw 2009 also extends the virtual WWE gameplay experience with robust online
capabilities, including the debut of downloadable content.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii™
builds upon its inaugural offering by significantly expanding its match type
options, giving players more ways to enjoy the platform’s unique
pick-up-and-play experience.  Gameplay advances to the next level, giving
players more Superstar control with interactive entrances and victory scenes. 
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii also includes a wide variety of new objects,
the debut of online gameplay and much more.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for
Nintendo DS™ returns with new gameplay controls that utilize the stylus and
D-pad to deliver a compelling handheld fighting game experience.  The
redesigned Season Mode takes a role-playing approach, allowing players to
interact with Superstars, upgrade their abilities and complete missions on a
quest toward legendary goals.  In addition, a larger Superstar roster, new
match types and the inclusion of Create-A-Superstar provides players with a
variety of intriguing options to enhance gameplay.

More information about WWE SmackDown
vs. Raw 2009 can be found at