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Alex Rider: Stormbreaker Heads for Nintendo DS & Game Boy Advance

THQ Inc. has shipped ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance to North American retailers. The game is based on the upcoming teen movie ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER, inspired by the best-selling ALEX RIDER book series from award-winning author Anthony Horowitz. The videogame features 14-year-old British spy Alex Rider as he solves mysteries by completing mission objectives.

"The strength and depth of the ALEX RIDER brand translates flawlessly to an interactive entertainment format," said John Ardell, director of global brand management, THQ. "With ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER, franchise fans, as well as newcomers to the series can now experience these popular characters in an interactive adventure wherever they go."

"The extension of ALEX RIDER to new mediums and audiences is an exciting initiative for all of us," said Peter Samuelson, co-producer, Samuelson Prods. "We feel consumers will readily embrace the ambition, wit and versatility of ALEX RIDER on both the big screen and handheld videogame screen."

In ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER, players take on the role of Alex Rider to solve mysteries while utilizing a number of combat moves, vehicles and gadgets. They will obtain mission briefings from Mrs. Jones and Alan Blunt before going undercover. They may improve their problem-solving skills at M16's top training camp. Players can also collect spy gadgets for combat, navigation and unlocking special mini-games. Throughout the game, players will explore the ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER, which includes Ian Rider's house, M16's Liverpool Street headquarters and training facilities, the breaker's yard and Darius Sayle's complex.

ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER is rated "E10+" for everyone 10 and older for Game Boy Advance and "T" for teen for the Nintendo DS. The game is now available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

A nationwide pools reports that the first of Horowitz's six best-selling novels about reluctant schoolboy special agent Alex Rider, Stormbreaker was named by children as the book they most wanted to see turned into a movie. The action-packed film, directed by Geoffrey Sax from a screenplay by Horowitz, stars newcomer Alex Pettyfer as Alex Rider, with Sarah Bolger, Robbie Coltrane, Stephen Fry, Damian Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Sophie Okonedo, Missi Pyle, Andy Serkis, Alicia Silverstone, Ashley Walters and Mickey Rourke.

STORMBREAKER is produced by Marc Samuelson and Peter Samuelson, whose producing credits include Arlington Road, Wilde, Revenge of the Nerds and Tom & Viv and, as exec producers, Keeping Mum, The Libertine and the forthcoming Chromophobia.

THQ develops products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, 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 www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com.

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