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Rugrats Castle Capers ships!

by Max Lake - September 27, 2001, 4:53 pm EDT
Source: THQ

THQ’s first Rugrats GBA title is on its way to stores.

Lady Sia isn’t the only game shipping today. THQ is also shipping one of its many Nickelodeon licensed games, Rugrats Castle Capers. THQ has released many Rugrats games across platforms but this is the first one for Game Boy Advance. To gander at some screens, check out its game profile. Here’s the press release!

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 2001--THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:THQI) and Nickelodeon today announced the release of "Rugrats(TM) Castle Capers" for Game Boy(R) Advance.

"Rugrats Castle Capers" represents THQ's 11th Rugrats release, a franchise with worldwide sales in excess of seven million units since 1998. The game is one of several THQ releases for holiday 2001 with an `E' (Everyone) rating targeting the kids demographic. "Rugrats Castle Capers" is now available at major retail outlets nationwide.

"Rugrats Game Boy and Game Boy Color game sales exceed 1.5 million units in the U.S. alone, according to TRST data," stated Peter Dille, Vice President -- Marketing, THQ. "We are delighted to be bringing the tremendously popular Rugrats brand to Game Boy Advance for the first time this holiday."

"According to Nielsen ratings, Rugrats is the No. 1 kids show for the 4th year running," stated Stephen Youngwood, Vice President, Publishing and Interactive, Nickelodeon. "Nickelodeon looks forward to working with THQ in delivering more fun Rugrats games for other new systems in the future."

"Rugrats: Castle Capers" features all the Rugrats in a brand new adventure. Stu is commissioned to build a playground set for the Reptar Pizza restaurant chain. When Angelica spies the set in the backyard, she believes it's a castle, deems herself queen and takes all the babies' favorite possessions. Now the babies must band together to retrieve their belongings. Players travel through six different levels including snow, bean stalks, and candy themes. Players will also encounter real boss characters and enjoy up to three Rugrats interacting on screen at one time.

About Rugrats

Rugrats, Nickelodeon's No. 1 show, is the animated series about life from a baby's point of view. The Rugrats are Tommy, the one-year-old hero; his best friend Chuckie; the twins from next door, Phil and Lil; and Tommy's bratty cousin Angelica. Whenever adults are around, the Rugrats act like real babies, but when they're alone, they talk to each other with the vocabulary of five-year-olds. As Tommy and his pals wobble through life, supported by legs not yet used to walking, they show us the world as a baby views and understands it. The Rugrats' world is one that exists below our knees, where mundane things turn into grand, comic adventures. Rugrats has won numerous awards including the Emmy, CableAce and Parents Choice Awards. Rugrats was created by Arlene Klasky, Paul Germain and Gabor Csupo.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the U.S. and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, magazines, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 75 million households, and has been the number No. 1 rated cable network for four consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

About THQ

THQ Inc. develops and publishes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ Web site is located at www.thq.com.

This news release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about THQ's business based, in part, on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of THQ's future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above and the following: changes in demand for THQ's products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing and difficulties encountered in the integration of acquired businesses. In addition, such statements could be affected by growth rates and market conditions relating to the interactive software industry and general domestic and international economic conditions. Specific information concerning these and other such factors is contained in the preliminary prospectus contained in THQ's Registration Statement on Form S-3 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 20, 2001, as amended. A copy of this filing may be obtained by contacting THQ or the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and THQ does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

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