CALABASAS HILLS, CA — THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced the availability of NBA All-Star 3-Point Shootout, one of the most critically acclaimed and visually stunning mobile games to enter the market in 2005. NBA All-Star 3-Point Shootout is the newest addition to the NBA's official suite of wireless content, "NBA Unwired" and is available exclusively on select Verizon Wireless Get It Now®-enabled phones.
NBA All-Star 3-Point Shootout allows players to get into the action with four gameplay modes and features 60 different NBA players to choose from including 40 current players and 20 NBA legends. The game also highlights player stats based on real life counterparts and features a real-time ball trajectory system. Other nuances, such as being on a hot streak or losing stamina, will also affect shooting accuracy, complete with visual and audible reinforcement, including the line every player wants to hear, "He's on fire!"
The game also features some of the best graphics in mobile gaming, including players that resemble their real-life counterparts, complete with hairstyles, skin tones and jersey numbers. In addition, NBA All-Star 3-Point Shootout players will be dazzled by the detailed game environment, including a rotating scores table, stars moving on the hardwood, an animated shot clock and fire blazing from the light strip as players land shot after shot.
What the press is saying about NBA All-Star 3-Point Shootout:
"3-Point Shootout is positively drowning in gameplay modes and options, ensuring that even the most exacting three-point enthusiasts will find a surfeit of long-distance shooting here." - Wireless Gaming Review, February 8, 2005
"This is without question the greatest cell phone game that I've ever played, and if you're a basketball fanatic, prepare to sink rainbows with your mobile phone." GameDAILY, January 26, 2005
"You can play this game for days and never get tired because it's THAT entertaining." - Wireless Gaming World, January 19, 2005
Verizon Wireless customers can find NBA All-Star 3-Point Shootout in the getGAMES shopping aisle on select Get It Now-enabled phones for $2.49 monthly access or $6.49 for unlimited use purchase. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled handset and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.
Verizon Wireless products and services are available at more than 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores nationwide, including Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and stores within Circuit City, as well as at authorized retailers including Best Buy and participating RadioShack locations. Customers can also find information and purchase Verizon Wireless products and services online at www.verizonwireless.com or for more information visit www.nba.com or www.thqwireless.com.
About THQ Wireless
THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), is a global leader in mobile entertainment, offering a wide range of wireless products, including games, personalization products, information services and messaging based on top licenses such as the WWETM, Star Wars, popular Nickelodeon properties and professional sports leagues including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and the NHRA. In addition to wireless entertainment products, THQ Wireless' controlling interest in MINICK gives the company access to one of the largest premium messaging networks in the world in order to offer a broad range of services from content distribution to mobile marketing campaigns and place the company at the forefront of this rapidly growing messaging market. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ Wireless has offices worldwide, in addition to distribution agreements through wireless carriers across the globe. Further information can be found at www.thqwireless.com.
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Korea and Australia. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com and www.thqwireless.com. THQ, THQ Wireless and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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