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'WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain' (PS2) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Oct. 27, 2003 @ 11:57 a.m. PST

THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced that WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain for the PlayStation®2 is now available at top retail outlets nationwide. Created exclusively for PlayStation 2 by Yuke's Co., Ltd. of Japan, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain is the next installment in one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. World Wrestling Entertainment licensed videogames have sold more than $350 million in the U.S. since 1999.

"The WWE SmackDown! videogame series has been a perennial hit and top holiday seller for the past three years with last year's WWE Smackdown! game selling-through more than 700,000 units in its first eight weeks at retail," stated Peter Dille, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. "We're confident that WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain will continue to strengthen our position as the premier publisher of wrestling games and will set the benchmark for authentic action-packed wrestling for all major consoles."

"Unlike its predecessors, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain features a Season Mode in which the gamer actually earns cash to unlock legendary Superstars, hidden arenas and costumes," said Nelo Lucich, vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. "Because of the amount of attention put into each detail and mode, fans have a unique gaming experience each time they play. We expect this fifth title in the SmackDown! series to be yet another top seller."

About WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain

WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain showcases 65 WWE Superstars including, Brock Lesnar(TM), John Cena(TM), Rey Mysterio(TM) and Goldberg(TM). The game includes an all-new season mode depicting the best of classic WWE moments and original storylines. Players will also have access to additional match types including Bra & Panty, First Blood and Elimination Chamber. The overall gameplay has been enhanced and features real-life attributes of strength, submission, technique, speed and stamina. These new attributes will allow players to wear down their opponents and take advantage of each Superstar's unique abilities and extensive move sets. An all-new grappling and countering system has been added which also opens up the controls providing more move possibilities. WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain's TV-style presentation will also be enhanced with new dynamic camera angles, realistic animations and improved arena and crowd elements.

For more information about the THQ/JAKKS Pacific World Wrestling Entertainment videogame franchise including WWE SmackDown! Here Comes The Pain and the rest of THQ's 2003 holiday line-up, visit

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