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McClellan Fox Kids/Saban/Director Publicity 310/235-5432
AND SABAN’S CHART-TOPPING POWER RANGERS VIDEOGAME FRANCHISE SHIPS POWER
RANGERS TIME FORCE FOR GAME BOY COLOR
Also Announces PC Title Scheduled to Release Fall 2001
HILLS, CA – May 2, 2001 THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) and Saban Consumer
Products today announced the release of Power Rangers Time Force™ for Game
Boy® Color. Developer Natsume created a game that combines all the action and
adventure from the top-rated television show in an all-new Power Rangers
adventure now available at retail outlets nationwide. THQ also announced that
it will publish Power Rangers Time Force for PC to coincide with the release
of THQ’s previously announced ‘Time Force’ adventures for Game Boy
Advance and PlayStation this fall. The Power Rangers Time Force videogame
franchise is based on Saban’s newest Power Rangers television series.
has done an amazing job creating a franchise that has topped the ratings
charts for nine years,” commented Alison Locke, executive vice president,
North American publishing, THQ. “We were thrilled with the success of our
first Power Rangers videogame release last year and we look forward to
bringing the Power Rangers Time Force show to nearly every popular game system
Fox Kids Network’s Power Rangers is a favorite TV show among boys ages 6-11,
according to the Nielsen Galaxy Report,” stated Elie Dekel, President, Saban
Consumer Products. “The newest Power Rangers TV series, Power Rangers Time
Force began airing on February 3 on Fox Kids Network with 52 all-new episodes.
The new Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, Game Boy Color and PC games will allow
fans to interact with the Power Rangers team as they travel through time in
exciting new adventures.”
THQ’s newly released Power Rangers Time Force for Game Boy Color, gamers
will play as a member of the elite Power Rangers Time Force team in
action-based combat while exploring multiple areas and experiencing different
story lines throughout time. Players will also be able to choose their paths
in time to test their strength, skill and their authentic Power Ranger devices
including the Chrono Sabre and Vortex Bazooka to stop the evil Ransik and his
criminal-cronies from manipulating the time line.
Rangers Time Force for PC will allow players to assume the role of their
favorite Power Ranger hero in a variety of arcade-style games including
side-scrolling action and challenging puzzles. Power Ranger-themed levels
include Cyclobot Round Up, Time Jet Rescue, Roman Tile Match, Miles of Nile
and the Laser Showdow. Each of the games will feature varying difficulty
settings for maximum replay value. Power Rangers Time Force for PC is
scheduled for release fall 2001.
more information on Power Rangers Time Force and the rest of THQ’s 2001
line-up, visit www.thq.com.
Family Worldwide is a fully integrated global family entertainment company,
which develops, acquires, produces, broadcasts and distributes quality
live-action and animated television series, specials and motion pictures. Its
principal business includes the Fox Family Channel, one of America’s first
and most widely distributed basic cable networks, reaching more than 80
million households; Fox Kids Network, one of the top children’s broadcast
television programming services in the United States, airing to 98 percent of
the TV households on affiliates of the Fox Broadcasting Co.; Saban
Entertainment and Saban International, whose library of over 5500 half-hours
of programming and hundreds of hours of movies in among the largest in the
world; and Fox Kids International, with dedicated cable and satellite channels
reaching nearly 50 countries.
Consumer Products leads the industry in delivering innovative properties to
market in all forms of consumer products and promotions. From classic brands
to breakthrough successes, the company’s innovation and marketing drive have
resulted in creating some of the most successful brands in the kids
Inc. develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software
worldwide for a variety of platforms including PC CD-ROM and those
manufactured by Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. For more information, visit www.thq.com.
press 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 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
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