The Nick machine keeps rolling on, as THQ announced its lineup of Nickelodeon games for 2008 targeting the kid and tween generations. Most titles will be hitting some combination of the Wii, DS and PS2, with none currently slated for either the PS3 or Xbox 360. The titles for the PS2, Wii and DS are The Naked Brothers Band: The Videogame
, Avatar - The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno
, SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom
and Tak and the Guardians of Gross
. DS only titles are Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition
and Back at the Barnyard: Slop Bucket Games
THQ's Nickelodeon Portfolio Surpasses Billion Dollar Mark as Company Announces Extensive New Lineup for 2008
First-Ever The Naked Brothers Band Video Game Puts Kids on Nationwide Concert Tour Where They Play Instruments, Control the Stage
Shows and Create Music Videos
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 2008--THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced its upcoming portfolio of video games based on the company's long-standing relationship with Nickelodeon. THQ's longstanding partnership with Nickelodeon has resulted in sales of more than $1 billion and accounted for more than 50 million units worldwide.
This year's feature titles include the video game debut of The Naked Brothers Band. The Naked Brothers Band: The Video Game (working title) is based on the highly rated TV show that follows the lives of a kids' rock band fronted by real-life brothers Nat and Alex Wolff. In addition, SpongeBob SquarePants will take on a new creative form this year in Drawn to Life(TM): SpongeBob SquarePants Edition. Based on last year's top selling Drawn to Life(TM) video game for Nintendo DS(TM), the game will allow players to draw their own characters and populate the world of Bikini Bottom with their own creativity. The 2008 portfolio will also include new games based on leading Nickelodeon TV shows Tak and the Power of Juju, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Back At The Barnyard. Nickelodeon fans can also look forward to a new installment of the popular Nicktoons.
"With the enormous popularity of Wii(TM) and DS coupled with our exceptionally diverse portfolio of Nickelodeon-based games, THQ continues to lead in family entertainment," said Jim Huntley, director, global brand management, THQ. "Featuring new forms of gameplay such as the music-based The Naked Brothers Band and the drawing-based Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition, we expect our upcoming titles to offer completely new ways for families to play together."
"Gaming is one of the primary activities of our audience, whether it's online or on the console," said Steve Youngwood, Executive Vice President, Digital Media for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family. "THQ's interactive video games based on our hit shows have continued to help Nickelodeon maintain its position as a leader in gaming entertainment for the family, and we look forward to the addition of these new releases to our library."
The 2008 Nickelodeon portfolio is scheduled for release in Fall 2008 across multiple game systems, including the Wii(TM) video game console, the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo DS. For more information on THQ's Nickelodeon titles and the rest of THQ's family product lineup, please visit www.playthq.com.
The 2008 THQ Nickelodeon videogame lineup includes:
-- The Naked Brothers Band: The Videogame (working title) - Based
on the highly popular Nickelodeon TV show of the same name,
this music-based video game allows players to live the
superstar life of The Naked Brothers Band. Playing as the
band, players will embark on a nationwide tour where they can
experience all aspects of being in the band: singing, playing
multiple instruments, controlling stage effects like lighting
and pyrotechnics and even creating live concert videos.
Featuring 25 of The Naked Brothers Band's greatest hits, The
Naked Brothers Band is scheduled for release on the
PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Wii and Nintendo
-- Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition - Players will
experience SpongeBob SquarePants like never before by using
the unique drawing mechanic perfected in last year's
innovative Nintendo DS title, Drawn to Life, to draw their own
character and populate the world of Bikini Bottom. Using the
Nintendo DS stylus, players will create their own hero, defeat
DoodleBob's rogue drawings, and rescue SpongeBob and his
friends. Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition is
scheduled for release on Nintendo DS.
-- Avatar - The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno - Players will
play as Aang and friends in this action-packed video game
based on the final season of the highly acclaimed TV series.
New gameplay features will allow players to interact with
characters from the TV show while performing thrilling martial
arts moves with enhanced Wii Remote(TM) controls in order to
defeat the Fire Nation. Avatar - The Last Airbender: Into the
Inferno is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 computer
entertainment system, Wii and Nintendo DS.
-- SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom -
SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom is an
action-packed adventure featuring 10 playable characters from
some of the most popular Nickelodeon TV shows, as well as
numerous iconic locations such as Retroville, Amity Park and
Bikini Bottom. Players will play cooperatively as both heroes
and villains while utilizing special gadgets in order to
defeat the Morphoids. SpongeBob SquarePants featuring
Nicktoons: Globs of Doom is scheduled for release on the
PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Wii and Nintendo
-- Tak and the Guardians of Gross - Tak and the Guardians of
Gross follows the shaman's apprentice as he visits the Spoiled
Shrine and accidentally removes a strange crystal that
explodes and releases the four giant Grosstrosities. Using all
new "parkour" style of gameplay, players will be running on
walls, sliding down poles, and swinging on vines to navigate
action-packed levels. Tak and the Guardians of Gross is
scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 computer
entertainment system and on Wii. In addition, Tak Mojo Mistake
is scheduled for release on Nintendo DS.
-- Back at the Barnyard: Slop Bucket Games (working title) - The
popular Nickelodeon series stampedes its way onto Nintendo DS
for the first time. Players will compete in the first annual
Slop Bucket Games - a series of wacky, fun, sporting events
and reinvented classic arcade games with barnyard motifs. Back
at the Barnyard is scheduled for release on Nintendo DS only.