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Ping Pals(TM) Gets Gamers Playing Games, Creating Custom Avatar On-Screen Personas, Shopping, Trading and Chatting on the New Nintendo DS(TM) Videogame System

Ping Pals for the Nintendo DS Has Shipped to Retail Outlets Across North America

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) today announced that Ping Pals(TM) for the Nintendo DS(TM) videogame system has shipped to retailers throughout North America. Ping Pals takes advantage of all of the major features of the Nintendo DS, including wireless communication, wireless game sharing, as well as the touch screen utilizing the stylus.

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"THQ is proud to support the launch of the Nintendo DS with a creative product such as Ping Pals that takes full advantage of the new DS technology," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. "As the leading independent publisher of handheld games, THQ is very excited to be at the forefront of this innovative technology by offering Ping Pals to consumers this holiday season."

Ping Pals allows gamers to create and customize their very own avatar on-screen persona, known as a Ping Pal, by choosing from thousands of different options. Players will then be able to play single and multiplayer games in order to win coins. They can then use their coins to purchase additional items at the Ping Pals virtual mall, allowing them to customize their Ping Pal. Special sales will occur at the virtual mall where players must log in at a specific time in order to purchase rare items. In addition, players will be able to trade items with their friends, offering further customization of their Ping Pal.

Ping Pals will also include an elaborate chatting feature that utilizes the touch screen as an interface, allowing up to eight people to chat with each other at a time. Players will also have the ability to play Solo Chat, a game that allows them to hold conversations with various virtual characters. If they'd like to share their Ping Pals game, players can download a trial version to one of their friends' Nintendo DS systems, allowing them to participate in conversations and experience the Ping Pals multiplayer games.

Ping Pals was developed by WayForward Technologies out of Valencia, California. For more information on Ping Pals and the rest of THQ's product line-up, please visit www.thq.com.

About THQ

THQ Inc. is a leading, worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ web site is located at www.thq.com. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as "THQ"), including but not limited to expectations and projections related to the release and features of Ping Pals, and are based upon management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements, including, but not limited to economic, competitive and technological factors affecting the operations, markets, products, and pricing of THQ. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward- looking statements. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ's financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2004, and particularly the discussion of risk factors that may affect results of operations set forth therein. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

For further information please contact:

Kristina Kirk
THQ/Media Relations

Julie MacMedan
THQ/Investor Relations

THQ Inc.


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