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THQ Ships SpongeBob SquarePants Creature from the Krusty Krab

THQ's SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: CREATURE FROM THE KRUSTY KRAB is swimming its way onto retail outlets in the U.S. The title is now available for major gaming systems, including PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The game will also be available as a launch title for Wii.

"THQ's SpongeBob-branded videogames are extremely popular among gamers of all ages, having shipped more than 16 million units worldwide," said John Ardell, director, global brand management, THQ. " SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: CREATURE FROM THE KRUSTY KRAB continues THQ's tradition of offering players new and unique ways to interact with their favorite characters from the show."

Players can be SpongeBob, Patrick or Plankton, as they experience a new, even more off-the-wall Bikini Bottom through nine extremely bizarre worlds. These visually unique areas come alive through dreams or nightmares with a challenging new mystery to solve. Fans can play five brand new gameplay mechanics rampaging, flying, skydiving, chasing and hot rod racing. In the Wii version, every world and level uniquely utilizes the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers.

"SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS is consistently one of the most popular characters on television and is loved by viewers and videogamers of all ages," said Paul Jelinek, vp, digital media products of Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. "We look forward to the continued success of the SPONGEBOB videogame series and to offering fans a brand new way to experience SpongeBob's amazing world."

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