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Thq & Sega's Upcoming Games In GBA Co-Publishing Deal

by Rainier on March 28, 2002 @ 2:00 p.m. PST

THQ Inc. and SEGA Corporation today announced the next round of titles in their exclusive, 16 title Game Boy Advance co-publishing agreement. VIRTUA TENNIS™ (working title) is scheduled for release in late 2002, while CRAZY TAXI™ (working title), SUPER MONKEY BALL™ (working title) and PHANTASY STAR™ COLLECTION (working title) are scheduled for early 2003 release. These titles are in addition to the previously announced six games the two companies are releasing through the first half of 2003.
“By bringing these classic SEGA brands to Game Boy Advance, THQ continues to execute on its strategy of releasing top brands that carry incredible consumer demand,” said Alison Locke, executive vice president, North American Publishing, THQ. “The success of our recently released SONIC ADVANCE™ for Game Boy Advance speaks to the strength of SEGA’s brands among the expanding Game Boy Advance audience.”

“Working together with THQ, SEGA is bringing some of our most coveted franchises to the Game Boy Advance platform including SUPER MONKEY BALL and CRAZY TAXI,” said Charles Bellfield, vice president of strategic planning and corporate affairs, SEGA of America. “Combining the strength of our game content with THQ’s expertise publishing to the handheld gaming platform, we expect to further build on the success we have had to date in this ongoing relationship with THQ.”

The next round of Game Boy Advance games scheduled to be published by THQ and SEGA include the following:

  • VIRTUA TENNIS (working title)
    follows the easy-to-play, addictive style of its SEGA Dreamcast™ counterpart. The game puts up to four players at the net in Tournament and Exhibition matches or lets Game Boy Advance owners train their own player in World Circuit mode. VIRTUA TENNIS (working title) is scheduled for release in late 2002.
  • CRAZY TAXI (working title)
    for Game Boy Advance combines the action and arcade style of its Dreamcast predecessors with new locales and exciting mini-games. Players take on the role of a taxi driver and race to make as much money as possible in single or multiplayer games. CRAZY TAXI (working title) is scheduled for release in early 2003.
  • SUPER MONKEY BALL (working title)
    Up to four players control monkeys trapped in translucent spheres in a mix of surreal and silly games in SUPER MONEKY BALL (working title) for Game Boy Advance. Players can try their hands at navigating a series of floor-shifting puzzles or play mini-games where they knock each other off floating platforms or race through mid-air half-pipe courses. SUPER MONKEY BALL (working title) is scheduled to release in early 2003.
  • PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION (working title)
    An RPG gamer's ultimate dream, PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION (working title) brings together the classic original three Phantasy Star titles in one package. PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION (working title) for Game Boy Advance is scheduled to release in early 2003.
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