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THQ Announces Nicktoons 2004 Game Lineup

THQ Inc. has secured the Nicktoons videogame license across multiple platforms. Games based on Nickelodeon's upcoming theatrical release THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE and interactive versions of Nickelodeon's highly rated television series THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS and THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON BOY GENIUS will ship for all major game systems in 2004. Additionally, THQ will release games based on the NICKTOONS brand, in which all Nickelodeon characters co-exist and interact with each other.

"The success of our 2003 Nickelodeon releases continues with SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: BATTLE FOR BIKINI BOTTOM taking home the win for Best Videogame at NICKELODEON'S KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS this past weekend," said THQ coo Eric Doctorow. "We are excited about releasing the interactive version of this holiday's THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE, as well as new games based on several other leading Nickelodeon properties including NICKTOONS in 2004."

"THQ continues to create interactive experiences that truly capture the heart of Nickelodeon's content," said Steve Youngwood, svp, Nickelodeon Media Products Group. "We look forward to seeing the 2004 lineup develop and working as a team to deliver compelling games based on our top TV franchises and the upcoming SPONGEBOB feature film."

The 2004 THQ/Nickelodeon videogame lineup includes:

THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE -- Based on the highly anticipated Spongebob movie, this platform adventure game is being developed by Heavy Iron Studios, also responsible for the critically acclaimed SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: BATTLE FOR BIKINI BOTTOM, released in October 2003. Available for multiple platforms in fall 2004.

THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS (working title) -- In this adventure based on the top-rated show for kids, the ex-monarchs of the Fairy World have created a devious plan to take over Dimmsdale. By eliminating most of Cosmo and Wanda's wishing power, Timmy Turner is left to save the town by gathering enough wish stars and making inventive wishes Available for multiple platforms in fall 2004.

NICKTOONS (working title) -- For the first time ever, a true collaboration of popular Nickelodeon heroes and villains come together and cross over into multiple Nickelodeon cartoon environments, interacting with each other and working together to solve puzzles in this ultimate Nick gaming adventure. Playable characters from the most popular Nickelodeon shows will include SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, TEAM ROCKET POWER, JIMMY NEUTRON and TAK. NICKTOONS will also mark the videogame debut of new Nickelodeon properties DANNY PHANTOM and RUGRATS ALL GROWN UP. Available for Game Boy Advance in fall 2004 and other platforms in 2005.

THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON BOY GENIUS: ATTACK OF THE TWONKIES -- Based on a television movie and TV show, this platform adventure game finds Jimmy returning from outer space -- with an alien life-form stowaway. The alien starts cuddly and cute, but quickly becomes a ferocious beast with a voracious appetite for destruction. Once again Jimmy Neutron must use a revolutionary invention system to create some inspired gadgets to capture and contain the quickly multiplying alien attack. Available for multiple platforms in fall 2004.

THQ is the exclusive videogame publisher and master interactive licensee of Nickelodeon's individual animated television and movie properties targeting kids 6-14. For more information about THQ and Nickelodeon's 2004 videogame lineup, please visit the THQ website at

Based in Calabasas, California, THQ Inc. is a leading independent publisher of interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms including those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft as well as PC CD-ROM and wireless devices. The THQ Website is located at