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THQ Ships First Multiplayer SpongeBob Game

THQ Inc. announced that SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: LIGHTS, CAMERA, PANTS! has shipped for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance and Windows PC. LIGHTS, CAMERA, PANTS! is the first multiplayer game in the SPONGEBOB series.

"THQ's SPONGEBOB-branded videogames have shipped more than 10 million units worldwide," said Kelly Flock, evp of worldwide publishing, THQ. "We are thrilled with the success of the video games and are excited to offer a brand new SPONGEBOB experience that now allows both families and friends to play together."

"SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: LIGHTS, CAMERA, PANTS! is an exciting addition to the library of games based on the characters and world of Bikini Bottom," said Stephen Youngwood, svp, entertainment products, Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products. "The popularity of the SPONGEBOB animated show continues to thrive and the success of the video games is a testament to the growing base of interactive fans."

In the game, up to four players engage in co-operative and competitive gameplay. When the producers of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF MERMAIDMAN & BARNACLEBOY come to Bikini Bottom to film a special episode, all the locals are desperate to impress the talent scouts. Gamers can play as SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Plankton as they compete for 10 different roles including the coveted supervillain role.

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products manages the third largest licensing business in the world with $4.7 billion in retail sales in 2004, 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 number-one 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 number-one-rated basic cable network for ten consecutive years. Nickelodeon is owned by Viacom International Inc.

THQ Inc. (www.thq.com) 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 in the U.S., U.K., Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Korea and Australia.

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