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THQ Kicks Off WrestleMania(R) 22 Weekend Tonight in Chicago With Fourth Annual THQ Superstar Challenge
Premiere Video Game Competition at House of Blues to Feature World Wrestling Entertainment(R) Superstars and a Performance by Atlantic Records Recording Artist Shinedown

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., March 30, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI), on behalf of THQ/JAKKS Pacific, LLC, will take over the House of Blues in downtown Chicago this evening for the fourth annual THQ Superstar Challenge. A total of 16 elite Superstars from World Wrestling Entertainment will challenge one another in a no-holds-barred competition featuring THQ/JAKKS Pacific's critically acclaimed WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. RAW(R) 2006 video game for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.

"Hosting the THQ Superstar Challenge is our way of thanking WWE and its talented Superstars for their hard work and dedication while celebrating the continued success of the THQ/JAKKS Pacific video game franchise," said Kelly Flock, executive vice president, worldwide publishing, THQ. "The WWE Superstars participate extensively in the making of the WWE video games and it's always great to see them enjoying the finished products."

"Tonight is sure to be the ultimate kickoff to a weekend of great WrestleMania 22 entertainment in Chicago," said Monty Ross, director, consumer marketing, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. "With top WWE Superstar talent, an amazing video game competition and a great performance by Shinedown, WWE fans are in for a real treat."

"Sixteen Superstars, hundreds of WWE fans and tons of pre-WrestleMania energy make the Superstar Challenge the perfect way to kick-off WrestleMania weekend," said Nelo Lucich, vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. "The showdown of gaming skills is always impressive, and we are excited to see which WWE Superstar will claim this year's title."

In addition to the Superstar Challenge, THQ, on behalf of THQ/JAKKS Pacific, will host a press conference on Friday, March 31 to announce the next addition to the WWE video game family.

About The THQ Superstar Challenge

The fourth annual THQ Superstar Challenge takes place tonight at the House of Blues in downtown Chicago at 6:00 p.m. A total of 16 Superstars will compete in a bracket-style tournament to crown the ultimate competitor on THQ/JAKKS Pacific's WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 video game. Reigning Challenge champion Shelton Benjamin(TM) will defend his title while his fellow Superstars threaten to steal the show and earn the ultimate bragging rights.

Following the video game competition, Atlantic Records hard rock recording artist Shinedown will take over the House of Blues stage. Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, Shinedown is currently touring in support of Us And Them, the band's second album and follow-up to its 2003 platinum debut, Leave A Whisper.

The THQ Superstar Challenge is open to the public. Tickets are $20 each and available through Ticketmaster and HOB.com.

THQ Superstar Challenge Participants

RAW Roster: Shelton Benjamin, Chris Masters(TM), Lita(R), Edge(R), John Cena(R), Carlito(TM), Rob Van Dam(R), Trish Stratus(R) and Coach(TM) (host)

SmackDown Roster: Steven Richards(TM), Paul London(TM), Orlando Jordan(TM), Melina(TM), Mercury(TM), Nitro(TM), Kristal(TM), Ken Kennedy(TM) and Teddy Long(TM) (host)

* Participant roster subject to change

About WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 For The PlayStation 2

Developed by Yuke's Co., Ltd. in Japan, THQ/JAKKS Pacific's WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 includes updated Fighting and Stamina systems, impressive graphics, integrated motion capture technology and authentic Superstar voiceovers, bringing game play to life with unprecedented levels of realism and strategy during matches. The game includes a power-packed roster filled with new WWE Legends, updated game play modes and 100 different match types, including Buried Alive, Fulfill Your Fantasy and a Bar Brawl backstage area, which allow players to get closer to the action than ever before. In addition, players can take full advantage of a fully customizable 3-D locker room and test their leadership skills with a brand new General Manager Mode.

For more information about WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 for the PlayStation 2, WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 for the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) System, THQ/JAKKS Pacific/World Wrestling Entertainment video game franchises or THQ's current lineup of games, please visit www.thq.com.

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 and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a multi-brand company that designs and markets a broad range of toys and consumer products. The product categories include: 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. The products are sold under various brand names including JAKKS Pacific(R), Play Along(R), Flying Colors(R), Creative Designs International(TM), Road Champs(R), Child Guidance(R), Pentech(R), Trendmasters(R), Toymax(R), Funnoodle(R), Go Fly a Kite(R), Color Workshop(R), JPI(TM) and Plug It In & Play TV Games(TM). 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.jakkspacific.com.

About World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. Information on television ratings and community activities can be found at parents.wwe.com.

Trademark Statement

The names of all World Wrestling Entertainment televised and live programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans and wrestling moves and all World Wrestling Entertainment logos are trademarks which are the exclusive property of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

"PSP" is a trademark and "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo(TM) may be required (sold separately). Sony Computer Entertainment America takes no responsibility for this offer.

The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be "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 THQ Superstar Challenge and features of WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006, 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. 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 Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2005, and particularly the discussion of risk factors that may affect results of operations set forth therein. 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 are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

Jaime Jensen
THQ/Media Relations
818/871-5111
jjensen@thq.com

Julie MacMedan
THQ/Investor Relations
818/871-5095
jmacmedan@thq.com

Genna Rosenberg
JAKKS Pacific/Media Relations
310/455-6235
gennar@jakks.net

Michael Smith
World Wrestling Entertainment
203/352-8657
michael.smith@wwecorp.com

SOURCE THQ Inc.

Jaime Jensen, Media Relations, +1-818-871-5111, jjensen@thq.com, or Julie MacMedan,
Investor Relations, +1-818-871-5095, jmacmedan@thq.com, both of THQ; or Genna
Rosenberg, Media Relations of JAKKS Pacific, +1-310-455-6235, gennar@jakks.net; or
Michael Smith of World Wrestling Entertainment, +1-203-352-8657,
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