THQ Drives Cars, Nick Toons to Nintendo DS

Independent game publisher THQ Inc. today announced that it plans to supply owners of the new Nintendo DS portable game system with titles based on the Disney/Pixar holiday 2005 theatrical release, Cars, as well as several Nickelodeon properties including SpongeBob SquarePants and Tak.

THQ will also put out Ping Pals, a game that takes advantage of the two-way messaging feature in the DS system by allowing players to chat and play games with up to 16 of their friends. Each player will be able to create and customize their own avatar identity by choosing from thousands of items. Additional items can be traded among friends or bought by winning "Ping Points" during gameplay.

"Nintendo DS features like the dual screen, stylus and two-way messaging will enable our developers to create deeper, more compelling gameplay experiences for handheld gamers," says THQ president and CEO Brian Farrell. "We look forward to the launch of Ping Pals this fall, as well as bringing many of our most popular brands to the system in 2005."

Other THQ brands scheduled for release on Nintendo DS include Disney/ Pixar’s The Incredibles and Zoo Tycoon.