THQ Brings M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender to Nintendo
Press Release from THQ
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – April 7, 2010 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced plans to bring The Last Airbender video game exclusively to the Wii system and Nintendo DS/Nintendo DSi systems in June 2010. Inspired by Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures highly anticipated summer blockbuster live-action theatrical film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, The Last Airbender video game will deliver all-new unique features that bring to life the film’s thrilling action and immerse players in the world of bending.
“The Last Airbender video game boasts original gameplay elements that create an experience never previously seen before on the Wii system,” said Doug Clemmer, Executive Vice President of THQ’s Kids, Family & Casual Games. “The artistic in-game graphics and dynamic combat were designed to fully engage players, while providing an exhilarating and interactive gaming moment.”
“Through its thrilling storylines and distinctive characters, Avatar: The Last Airbender has built an enthusiastic fan base, and there is incredible anticipation building for the theatrical release,” said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys, Video Games & Consumer Electronics Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products. “Fans will be able to master their bending skills and relive action-packed scenes from the movie, playing as either Aang, or through the unique perspective of the antagonist, Zuko.”
About The Last Airbender Video Game
The Last Airbender video game revisits captivating, climactic scenes from the film while providing the player a much more indepth experience. The game is told from the unique perspective of the antagonist Zuko, exiled prince of the Fire Nation, who embarks on a personal quest to capture the Avatar, a young boy named Aang, in order to regain his father’s honor. Players will be able to embody three playable characters – Aang, Zuko and the Blue Spirit – and participate in epic battles, hand-to-hand combat and various intense challenges throughout the game. Utilizing the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, players will discover and master their bending powers by performing special hand movements that are specific to their character’s abilities. The interactive, action adventure game, will allow players to learn how to manipulate air and fire, creating destructive forces such as Air Vortexes, Tornadoes, Fire Balls, and Fire Bombs, to take down enemies and progress through the game in order to fulfill their destiny.
For more information about The Last Airbender video game, please visit www.thq.com.
About The Last Airbender Film
Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.
Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film “The Last Airbender” is the opening chapter in Aang’s struggle to survive.
About Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.