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'Hey Arnold' Ships For GBA

by Thomas on May 29, 2002 @ 8:59 p.m. PDT

THQ Inc. the #1 kids' videogame publisher, and Nickelodeon, the #1 kids' entertainment brand, today announced the release of "Hey Arnold! The Movie" for Game Boy Advance. The handheld interactive adventure is based on Paramount Pictures' and Nick Movies' first animated feature film featuring the characters from the "Hey Arnold!" hit TV show. The game is now available at retail outlets nationwide, so kids can play before the June 28 movie debut.

"THQ is delighted to be working with Nickelodeon on another of their celebrated animated feature films through our exclusive master license agreement," said Peter Dille, vice president of marketing, THQ. "The `Hey Arnold!' TV show continues to gain in popularity with kids and is a consistently ranked top five kids show among the 2-11 demographic. As the first Hey Arnold! interactive product, we anticipate a lot of interest from the Hey Arnold! fan base."

"THQ's unparalleled ability to deliver quality titles based on Nickelodeon's top properties makes them the ideal interactive partner," said Steve Youngwood, Vice President, Nickelodeon Media Products Group. "We look forward to the successful launch of `Hey Arnold! The Movie' for Game Boy Advance, alongside what we expect to be one of the most anticipated animated motion pictures for kids this summer." In "Hey Arnold! The Movie," players assume the role of Arnold, Gerald, Grandpa or Grandma as they rally friends and relatives to stop an unsavory businessman from tearing down their neighborhood to build a Super Beeper Emporium. The game features five environments with multiple levels set in Arnold's neighborhood, including the Future Tech Industries headquarters, Arnold's neighborhood and secret underground areas in and around the city.

Nickelodeon, now in its 23rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 85 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic-cable network for more than six consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

THQ Inc. develops and publishes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices and those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Microsoft and Nintendo. The THQ website is located at www.thq.com.

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about THQ's business based, in part, on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of THQ's future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above and the following: changes in demand for THQ's products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing and difficulties encountered in the integration of acquired businesses. In addition, such statements could be affected by growth rates and market conditions relating to the interactive software industry and general domestic and international economic conditions. Specific information concerning these and other such factors is contained in THQ's Registration Statement on Form S-3 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 22, 2002. A copy of this filing may be obtained by contacting THQ or the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and THQ does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

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