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More teaming with Nick and THQ

by Billy Berghammer - March 12, 2002, 10:06 am EST

THQ is bringing Nickelodeon's Hey Arnold! to GBA.

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THQ and Nickelodeon Add Hey Arnold! The Movie to Multi-Property, Interactive Partnership

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif. - March 12, 2002 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) today announced interactive publishing rights to Hey Arnold! The Movie, Nickelodeon’s first animated feature film based on their hit “TV show,” Hey Arnold!™. Hey Arnold! The Movie for Game Boy® Advance is scheduled for release concurrent with the movie in June 2002.

“Hey Arnold! is one of the highest rated shows on television among kids 2 to 11 years old and is as popular with kids as Nickelodeon’s own Rugrats and SpongeBob SquarePants,” stated Peter Dille, vice president of marketing, THQ. “We are delighted with the success of our Nickelodeon line-up this holiday and to be working with Nickelodeon in bringing another proven entertainment property to the interactive space.”

“THQ’s unparalleled ability to deliver quality titles based on Nickelodeon’s top properties makes them the ideal interactive partner,” said Steve Youngwood, vice president, interactive products and publishing, Nickelodeon consumer products. “We look forward to the successful launch of Hey Arnold! The Movie for Game Boy Advance alongside what we expect to be one of the most anticipated animated motion pictures in 2002, Hey Arnold! The Movie.”

In Hey Arnold! The Movie, players assume the role of Arnold as he rallies his friends and relatives to stop an unsavory businessman from tearing down their neighborhood to build a Super Beeper Emporium. Players must help Arnold find and organize his friends so that they can complete certain tasks on different levels. The game features five environments with multiple levels set in Arnold’s neighborhood including the Beeper Emporium headquarters, Arnold’s house and secret underground areas in and around the city.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 23rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States 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 85 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic-cable network for more than six 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 press 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 THQ’s registration statement on Form S-3 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 22, 2002. 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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