Relive, Rewrite and Redefine the Greatest Moments in World Wrestling Entertainment® History With WWE® Legends of WrestleMania®|
New Fighting Videogame Property Embraces its Colorful Roots To Deliver Definitive WWE Elements of the Eighties and Nineties
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Mar 24, 2009 THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) today announced that WWE® Legends of WrestleMania® is now available at retailers worldwide for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Featuring a distinguished roster of WWE Legends and Managers, including Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Bobby “the Brain” Heenan, a new grapple-based fighting system and the opportunity to relive, rewrite and redefine key moments in WrestleMania history, WWE Legends of WrestleMania is rated “T” for Teen and is available for the suggested retail price of $59.99.
“WWE Legends of WrestleMania delivers a unique, yet easy to pick up and play experience that is certain to have widespread appeal in the global marketplace,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, publishing, THQ. “Through its compelling roster, arcade-style control system, vintage WWE presentation and more, fans everywhere can now experience their favorite WWE moments of the past on two of the biggest videogame consoles.”
“WWE Legends of WrestleMania fully embraces the WWE during the Eighties and Nineties,” said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. “We look forward to seeing gamers compete in classic feuds and create a history of their own.”
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About WWE Legends of WrestleMania
WWE Legends of WrestleMania will embrace the leading sports entertainment organization’s rich history to relive, rewrite or redefine the definitive elements of WWE from the Eighties and Nineties. Players will experience the entertaining lives of 40 larger-than-life Legends and have control over Legendary Managers, each of whom will play crucial roles in match outcomes. The game’s new grapple-based fighting system will capture the high-energy action and drama seen in vintage WWE matches, while a historically accurate representation of past WWE telecasts will set the stage, including dynamic visual treatments, signature ring entrances and notable venues. WWE Legends of WrestleMania will also include a WrestleMania Tour Mode that allows players to participate in key matches from multiple WrestleMania events, a Create-a-Legend system to develop the Legends of tomorrow, and connectivity with WWE SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2009, which will enable owners of both videogames to match up Legends with the Superstars of today. In addition, online functionality will allow players to compete on the biggest stages in WWE history.
More information about WWE Legends of WrestleMania can be found at www.legendsofwrestlemania.com and www.thq.com.
About World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
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About THQ Inc.
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) 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 throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products, with a wide range of products that feature some of the most popular children's toy licenses in the world. JAKKS’ diverse portfolio includes Action Figures, Art Activity Kits, Stationery, Writing Instruments, Performance Kites, Water Toys, Sports Activity Toys, Vehicles, Infant/Pre-School, Plush, Construction Toys, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, and Pet Toys and Accessories, sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Play Along®, Flying Colors®, Creative Designs International™, Road Champs®, Child Guidance®, Pentech®, Funnoodle®, Go Fly a Kite®, Color Workshop®, JAKKS Pets™, EyeClops®, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only®, Tollytots® and Disguise™. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., World Wrestling Entertainment, Ultimate Fighting Championship, Graco® and Cabbage Patch Kids. JAKKS and THQ Inc. participate in a joint venture that has worldwide rights to publish and market World Wrestling Entertainment video games. For further information, visit www.jakks.com.
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