SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge Coming to GBA and PSX

 

FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Liz
Pieri THQ/Media Relations 818/871-5061

Mary
Nelson Garrett THQ/Investor Relations 818/871-5090

Sara
Stern Levin Nickelodeon 212/846-8670

 

THQ
AND NICKELODEON ANNOUNCE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: SUPERSPONGE

 

The
Wildly Popular SpongeBob SquarePants Kids’ Program is coming to Game Boy
Advance and PlayStation This Fall

 

CALABASAS
HILLS, Calif. – April 23, 2001 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) and Nickelodeon
today announced SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge for Game Boy Advance and
PlayStation. These underwater adventures are based on Nickelodeon’s
top-rated Saturday morning kids’ program, SpongeBob SquarePants, which is
the second highest rated property on kids’ TV. SpongeBob SquarePants:
SuperSponge for Game Boy Advance and PlayStation is scheduled for release this
fall.

 

“We
are excited to be working on the next hot property from Nickelodeon,” stated
Peter Dille, vice president, Marketing, THQ. “The recently released
SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula™ for Game Boy Color has
been a tremendous success and we look forward to working closely with
Nickelodeon in bringing the SpongeBob SquarePants property to life on Game Boy
Advance and PlayStation for fall 2001.”

 

“SpongeBob
SquarePants has been a breakout hit since we first aired the show back in July
of 1999,” stated Steve Youngwood, Vice President, Interactive Products and
Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. “THQ’s ability to transform our
award-winning kids’ programs into exciting gameplay experiences makes them
the perfect interactive partner for development on every game system.”

 

SpongeBob
SquarePants follows the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of
SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea
friends. Whether searching for the ultimate spatula to perfect his Krabby
Patty-flipping technique at the Krusty Krab, or just hanging out with his best
friend Patrick, an amiable starfish, SpongeBob’s good intentions and
overzealous nature usually create chaos in his underwater world.

 

In
SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge for PlayStation and Game Boy Advance,
players take the role of SpongeBob on a quest to secure the autographs of his
heroes, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, for his friend Patrick Star. This is no
simple task for SpongeBob as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy make him complete
silly errands like retrieving beauty products from the bottom of the world and
bringing them Kelp Kandy Bars in exchange for their signatures. SpongeBob even
has to borrow a time machine to travel to Prehistoric Bikini Bottom for a
Shell Bra outfit made of rare clams.

 

THQ’s
Nickleodeon Rugrats videogame franchise boasts sales of over 4,000,000 units
in the U.S. alone, exceeding $125 million at retail since November 1998. For
more information on THQ’s 2001 line-up including the first SpongeBob
SquarePants release, SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula™ for
Game Boy Color, visit www.thq.com.

 

Now
in its 22nd year, Nickelodeon has built a diverse, global business by putting
kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming
and production in the U.S. and around the world, plus consumer products,
online, recreation, magazines, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S.
television network is seen in more than 77 million households, and has been
the number #1 rated cable network for four consecutive years. Nickelodeon and
all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom
International Inc.

 

THQ
Inc. develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software
worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, and those
manufactured by Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ site is located at www.thq.com.

 

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