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WWE WrestleMania X8 Ships For GameCube

by Thomas on June 10, 2002 @ 6:11 p.m. PDT

THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced the release of their newest World Wrestling Entertainment licensed video game, "World Wrestling Entertainment WrestleMania X8" exclusively for Nintendo GameCube. "WWE WrestleMania X8" is backed by a multi-million dollar marketing campaign that includes national television, print support and point-of-purchase advertising. "WWE WrestleMania X8" features an original grapple-based engine that emphasizes simulation-style gameplay, accenting reversals and strong counter moves that Nintendo fans have grown to expect from past WWE videogames.

"World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) WrestleMania® X8' will mark the first videogame to feature an updated roster of WWE(TM) talent, as players get a chance to grapple with Superstars such as Rob Van Dam(TM) and the legendary Hollywood Hulk Hogan®," stated Peter Dille, vice president, marketing, THQ. "We are very excited to be shipping `World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) WrestleMania® X8,' which boasts the most complete collection of WWE(TM) Superstars ever assembled in a videogame and is also backed by a massive marketing campaign that includes a spot produced by the World Wrestling Entertainment(TM)'s in-house production team."

"We are extremely pleased to be supporting `World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) WrestleMania® X8' for Nintendo GameCube," said George Harrison, senior vice president, marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America Inc. "`WWE(TM) WrestleMania® X8' will be one of the key third-party titles released this summer for Nintendo GameCube."

"World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) WrestleMania® X8' is an excellent first title for Nintendo's newest platform," stated Nelo Lucich, director of interactive, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. "The level of detail and functionality in `World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) WrestleMania® X8' will simply amaze both GameCube and World Wrestling fans everywhere."

Marketing highlights for "World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) WrestleMania® X8" include:

National television campaign on FOX, UPN, NBC, TNN, MTV, FX, Comedy Central and other major networks
Co-marketing programs with Nintendo, including national television and point-of-purchase advertising
Print campaign across major videogame and World Wrestling Entertainment publications
National point of purchase program including posters, oversized boxes and in-store trailers at game retailers nationwide
World premier event for "WWE(TM) WrestleMania® X8"
Radio promotions including on-air giveaways
Coverage on WWE.com (www.wwe.com), as well as the official "World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) WrestleMania® X8" web site, hosted by THQ.com
Official "World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) WrestleMania® X8" video game strategy guides
Grass roots marketing campaigns and on-site game demonstrations at select WWE(TM) live events
About "World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) WrestleMania® X8"

Developed by Yuke's Co., Ltd. of Japan, "WWE(TM) WrestleMania® X8" is the first game to feature more than 40 Superstars in multiple match types including hardcore, tornado tag and triple threat matches. TV-style presentation complete with dynamic lighting effects, pyrotechnics, camera flashes and multiple camera angles brings the action to life as Superstars enter the arena accompanied by signature TitanTron(TM) videos and music. Players can also choose from a variety of settings including appearance, costumes and special moves to create the ultimate grappler in the game's in-depth Create-a-Superstar mode.

New features exclusive to "WWE(TM) WrestleMania® X8" include "Path of a Champion," where players have the opportunity to take their Superstar up through the ranks pursuing various championship belts, including WWE(TM) Tag-Team, WWE(TM) Hardcore and WWE(TM) Undisputed Championships. For the first time on any game system, "WWE(TM) WrestleMania® X8" includes an updated roster of top Superstars including Booker T(TM), Rob Van Dam(TM) and The Hurricane(TM). "WWE(TM) WrestleMania® X8" is also the first WWE(TM) title to include icon and legend, Hollywood Hulk Hogan®. Each character is personalized with their own unique style and repertoire of finishing moves. These new Superstars in addition to WWE(TM) veterans such as The Rock®, Stone Cold Steve Austin(TM) and Triple H(TM) give "WWE(TM) WrestleMania® X8" the finest collection of talent ever assembled in a video game.

For more information about the THQ/JAKKS Pacific World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) videogame franchises and the rest of THQ's 2002 line-up, visit www.thq.com.

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