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SpongeBob SquarePants Dives Onto PSP

THQ Inc. announced that SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE YELLOW AVENGER has shipped for PSP. Based on the characters of Nickelodeon's chart-topping animated television show, the game explores a new dimension of SpongeBob as a superhero and is now available at retail outlets nationwide.

"THQ is thrilled to bring SpongeBob to the PSP for the first time so gamers can experience the world of Bikini Bottom on a completely new video game system," said Kelly Flock, evp of worldwide publishing, THQ. "SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE YELLOW AVENGER will be a welcome addition to the PSP portfolio given the mass market appeal of both the TV show and THQ's previous console video games."

In SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE YELLOW AVENGER the wrath of the Dirty Bubble strikes Bikini Bottom as SpongeBob's favorite superheroes, Mermaidman and Barnacleboy are kidnapped. Players assume the role of SpongeBob and harness the power of Mermaidman's superhero belt, gaining powers like Super Strength, Super Speed, Summon Sea Creatures, Raging Whirlpool and Water Ball to restore order in Bikini Bottom. The game features a robust single-player experience in addition to a multiplayer mode that takes advantage of the multiplayer capabilities of the PSP. Gamers will be immersed in non-linear gameplay within a detailed 3D world, giving players multiple ways to complete the main objective.

Independent studio, Tantalus Interactive part of THQ's Studio System of 14 owned studios and more than 25 of the best independent development teams developed SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE YELLOW AVENGER for the PSP system, as well as the previously released Nintendo DS version.

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products manages the third largest licensing business in the world with $5 billion in retail sales in 2005, from such properties as SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and DORA THE EXPLORER. The department handles the merchandising for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTVN International, and Spike TV.

Nickelodeon, now in its 26th year, is the #1 entertainment brand for kids. The company includes television programming and production in the U.S. and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 89 million households and has been the #1-rated basic cable network for ten consecutive years. Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Inc.

THQ Inc. is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops 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 may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com.

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