Monday, October 29, 2007

The Kids, they love cars. So, does THQ!

The Number One Kids Video Game Brand from 2006 Returns in Disney/Pixar’s Cars: Mater-National from THQ

Gamers Re-Start Their Engines in a Whole New Adventure for the Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 System, PlayStation®2 System, Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance and Windows PC

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that Cars: Mater-National for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo DS™ and Windows PC has begun shipping to retailers throughout North America. Additional versions for the Wii™ video game console and Game Boy® Advance are scheduled to release in November.

The Cars video game from THQ was the number one selling kids video game brand and the number two overall best selling video game in 2006(a). Following up on this success, Cars Mater-National will provide a brand new adventure in the world of Radiator Springs. The game is rated E for everyone and is now available for the suggested retail prices of $49.99 (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, Wii), $39.99 (PlayStation 2 system), $29.99 (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS) and $19.99 (Windows PC).

Cars: Mater-National, inspired by the Disney/Pixar animated feature, CARS, features an all-new international group of racers vying for their chance to compete against Lightning McQueen in the First Annual Mater-National Race Festival, hosted by Lightning’s best friend, Mater. Gamers will explore the new and improved open world of Radiator Springs, play in all-new Monster Mode, jump into the fast lane with five new international racing competitors and burn rubber on new tracks. Cars: Mater-National also includes over 20 challenging mini-games, as well as head-to-head competition with over 10 multiplayer games.

Development for Cars Mater-National was led by THQ’s critically acclaimed Rainbow Studios with support from Incinerator Studios on the PLAYSTATION 3 system and Wii versions. For more information about this title and the rest of THQ’s lineup of games, please visit

About THQ

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, and THQ, THQ Wireless, PlayTHQ, Incinerator Studios, Rainbow Studios and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

About Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and most recently, Ratatouille. The Northern California studio has won 20 Academy Awards® and its eight films have grossed more than $4 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney/Pixar is WALL•E (June 27, 2008).

About Disney Interactive Studios

Disney Interactive Studios is the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS). Disney Interactive Studios self publishes and distributes a broad portfolio of multi-platform video games and interactive entertainment worldwide. The company also licenses properties and works directly with other interactive game publishers to bring products for all ages to market. Disney Interactive Studios is based in Glendale, California and has five internal game development studios around the world including Avalanche Software, Fall Line Studio, Propaganda Games, Black Rock Studio and Junction Point Studios.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, the Xbox logos, and the Xbox Live logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Nintendo, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS and Wii are trademarks of Nintendo.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be “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”), including, but not limited to, expectations and projections related to the release of the Cars: Mater-National video game, and are based upon management’s current 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, business, competitive, economic, legal, political and technological factors affecting our industry, operations, markets, products or pricing. 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 Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2007, and particularly the discussion of risk factors set forth therein. 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 are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

(a) Source: The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service; Title – Cars

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