AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Sept 18, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- THQ Inc.
(Nasdsaq: THQI) today announced the release of Bratz(TM) Forever Diamondz(TM)
for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube(TM),
Game Boy(R) Advance and, for the first time, the Nintendo DS(TM). Based on
the latest Bratz(TM) Forever Diamondz(TM) fashion doll line, as well as the
new Bratz Passion 4 Fashion Diamondz DVD movie scheduled for release on
September 26, the video game marks the second title under THQ's worldwide
interactive agreement with MGA Entertainment, the manufacturers of the wildly
popular Bratz(TM) fashion dolls.
"The Bratz interactive debut shipped nearly 1.4 million units and was the
number one video game franchise for girls in 2005," said John Ardell, director
of global brand management, THQ. "With the recent release of MGA's new BRATZ:
Forever Diamondz fashion dolls and the upcoming DVD launch, we see even more
momentum surrounding the Bratz universe, positioning the Bratz Forever
Diamondz cross-platform game release for greater success."
"The Bratz Forever Diamondz video game serves to further enhance the value
of our incredibly popular Bratz brand," said Isaac Larian, chief executive
officer, MGA Entertainment. "THQ has a proven ability to create and deliver
unique gameplay experiences for the growing market of young female gamers, who
now make up more than 38 percent of all video game players, according to the
Entertainment Software Association."
In Bratz Forever Diamondz, Yasmin(TM), Cloe(TM), Sasha(TM) and Jade(TM)
are back for a brand new adventure that sends them across the country in a
contest searching of the hottest young fashion designer. Players will
experience unique adventures through each of the four playable characters,
while exploring detailed open world environments to compete in the "America
Rocks Fashion" TV show. Fans will discover brand new features including a
figure skating mode and the ability to adopt a pet to train, dress,
accessorize and showcase in competitions.
For more information about THQ and Bratz Forever Diamondz, as well as
THQ's other video games, please visit www.thq.com.
About MGA Entertainment
MGA Entertainment, a consumer entertainment products company with
headquarters in Van Nuys, California, manufactures innovative lines of
proprietary and licensed products, ranging from fashion and mini-dolls to
radio-controlled vehicles. Bratz(TM) was introduced in June 2001, and has
since become one of the world's premier toy lines and girls lifestyle brands.
Bratz(TM) products are also noted for having won a Family Fun magazine's Toy
of the Year Award four years in a row. With over 400 licenses worldwide,
Bratz(TM) brings together innovative companies and cutting-edge fashion styles
to create exciting new products in apparel, footwear, fashion accessories and
so much more. Visit www.mgae.com, www.bratz.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.
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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
Bratz(TM) Forever Diamondz(TM) video game, and are based upon management's
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Kathy M. Bricaud
SOURCE THQ Inc.