THQ Unleashes Marvel® Super Hero Squad™ to All Major Retail Outlets Nationwide for Wii™, Nintendo DS™, PlayStation®2 and PSP®|
Video Game Based on the Marvel Super Hero Squad Show Animated Series Features Compilation of More Than 20 Playable Super Heroes and Super Villains
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Oct 20, 2009 THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that Marvel® Super Hero Squad™, the first title in THQ’s licensing agreement with Marvel Entertainment, Inc., has shipped to retail outlets throughout North America for Wii™, Nintendo DS™, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Marvel Super Hero Squad, which features more than 20 playable Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains, is now available at the suggested retail prices of $39.99 (Wii), $29.99 (DS and PSP) and $19.99 (PlayStation 2 system). The action adventure-brawler game is rated E10+ for everyone 10 and older. Marvel Super Hero Squad is based on the animated series, The Super Hero Squad Show, which premiered on Cartoon Network last month.
“We are excited to kick off our first Marvel-based video game with Marvel Super Hero Squad,” said Kevin Kraff, vice president, global brand management, THQ. “Kids will enjoy playing as their favorite Marvel super heroes and villains as they battle their way through exciting and dynamic levels in the game.”
“Our recent successful launch of The Super Hero Squad Show television series, currently the No. 1 show for boys on Cartoon Network1, underscores Marvel’s effort to create a Marvel universe that is fun and approachable for a younger audience,” said Simon Phillips, president, Worldwide Consumer Products, and CEO, Marvel Animation. “We are very pleased to work with leading kids and family videogame publisher THQ to build our kid-friendly Super Hero Squad brand in the interactive space.”
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About Marvel Super Hero Squad
Set in the ever popular Marvel Universe, the Super Hero Squad is on a dire mission against Dr. Doom’s Lethal Legion of villains to recover the hidden Infinity Fractals; fragments of the all-powerful Infinity Sword. Each Infinity Fractal holds incredible power and can have significant effects on its possessor, giving each character special abilities that could alter the game’s rules and playing field. With more than 20 Marvel characters to mix and match, players can choose to take on the role of their favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains, such as Captain America, Dr. Doom, Falcon, Hulk, Iron Man, Juggernaut, Ms. Marvel, Silver Surfer, Thing, Thor and Wolverine, to name a few. Using character-specific super powers and customized combo attacks, players will blast, punch, and bash in fast-moving combat with their nemesis. Players can either jump into a battle arena against up to three opponents in Battle Mode, or choose to relive six campaigns as depicted from the animated series in Adventure Mode. Marvel Super Hero Squad is an immersive, single and multiplayer game filled with dramatic, interactive environments where players are given extraordinary powers to fight for good or evil, depending on which Super Hero Squad character they chose to play as.
For more information on the Marvel Super Hero Squad video game, please visit www.marvelshsgame.com. Information on the rest of THQ’s line-up of family-friendly titles is available on www.thq.com.
About Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics). Marvel’s strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world, including feature films, consumer products, toys, video games, animated television, direct-to-DVD and online. For more information, visit www.marvel.com.
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.
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1 Source: Nielsen