American publisher THQ has announced that is has signed the rights to exclusively re-publish the entire library of Intellivision games for mobile phones and other wireless devices.
Created by Mattel, the Intellivision was one of the first generation of games consoles. Though more popular in the States than over here, it stands as one of the all-time classic gaming machines.
?Intellivision is one of the first real players in gaming, creators of such classics as Utopia, Sea Battle, Astrosmash! and Night Stalker during the early 1980?s,? said Doug Dyer, General Manager, THQ Wireless. ?Today?s handheld technologies enable us to recreate those experiences for the millions of wireless phone and PDA users to play anytime, anyplace.?
The deal penned includes the rights to publish more than fifty Intellivision titles including Utopia, Night Stalker, Space Battle, Space Armada, Shark! Shark!, Armor Battle, Triple Action, and Astrosmash!
"Millions of people have fond memories of Intellivision from their childhood, and we take that legacy seriously," said Keith Robinson, President of Intellivision Productions, Inc. and one of the original Intellivision game developers. "We found the same pioneering spirit at THQ that Intellivision had back in the early Eighties. That and their publishing track record make THQ the ideal partner to bring our classic titles to the next generation of gaming technology.?
The first title to be published under the agreement will be Astrosmash! which will be made available for Motorola handsets in the US. A global roll-out of wireless games, including the Intellivision titles, is expected next year.