THQ Lines Up Nick Games for 2005

Fans of Nickelodeon’s animated lineup will soon have more opportunities to get into the action as video game publisher THQ Inc. announces its slate of Nick-branded interactive titles for 2005. Among the year’s upcoming releases are multi-platform games based on Nickelodeon’s highly rated television series SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom, as well as new titles from the Nicktoons and Tak franchises. The game maker and broadcaster are also scheduled to release a game based on the upcoming animated theatrical release, The Barnyard, from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

Everyone’s favorite pineapple-dwelling sea creature goes multiplayer for the first time ever in a new SpongeBob SquarePants game. This year’s title is a collection of 30 party-style games that allows players to compete for a role in a Bikini Bottom TV show titled The Adventures of Mermaidman & Barnacleboy. Up to four players will “audition” using both competitive and co-operative game play elements to earn credits in a 15-minute, full-fledged episode. The game will be available for Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, DS, PSP and PC this fall.

Barnyard, the forthcoming feature from writer/director/producer Steve Oedekerk (Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius) promises a humorous look at how farm animals really live when humans are not around. Lending their voices to the cast are Danny Glover, Sam Elliot, Wanda Sykes, Kevin James and Courteney Cox. In the game, players will start as the new cow on the block and work their way though challenges in a fully rendered 3D world to prove they are the biggest party animal of all. The title will be released for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC.

Shaman Tak is back in this third interactive title in the popular franchise. Tak 3 (working title) features a two-player cooperative game play style that combines unique puzzles, time-based strategies and a robust combat system that requires players to defeat zany competitors to receive the grandest reward ever given by the great Jujus. The game is due out this fall for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and DS.

Nicktoons (working title) promises the first true melding of popular Nickelodeon heroes and villains. The various characters come together and cross over into multiple Nick cartoon environments, interacting with each other and working in unison to solve puzzles. Fans will be able to enjoy playable characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Jimmy Neutron Danny Phantom and others. The four-person multiplayer platform adventure will be available for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and DS this fall.

The next interactive adventure based on The Fairly OddParents has Cosmo, Wanda and Timmy Turner pitted against their nemesis, Mr. Crocker, and evil anti-fairies who have broken into Dimmsdale. On the unluckiest day of year, Friday the 13th, it’s up to Timmy and his Fairy God Parents to use their quick wit and bountiful wishes to foil Crocker’s plan to take over the world. Look for it on Game Boy Advance this fall.

Who wouldn’t want Danny Phantom’s paranormal ability to walk through walls and shoot ghostly beams at bad guys? In the new fast-paced action game based on hit show from Butch Hartman, players will get to do just that and more as the fight to save the world from Clockwork, a sinister ghost with the power to control time. The title will be released for Game Boy Advance this fall.

Peter Dille, senior VP of worldwide marketing for THQ, comments, “We expect that this strong lineup will build upon the success of our 2004 holiday releases, which introduced new brands, built upon the accomplishments of our joint original property, Tak, and helped THQ achieve lifetime sales of more than $700 million for Nickelodeon-branded games worldwide.”

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