CALABASAS HILLS, Calif. - March 21, 2001 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: JAKK) today announced that the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) has named WWF No Mercy as a finalist in the Fourth Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. The AIAS honors excellence and innovation in interactive computer, console, and internet games and entertainment.
This highly successful World Wrestling Federation® (NYSE: WWF) title for the Nintendo® 64 is a finalist in three separate categories: Console Fighting Game of the Year, Console Game of the Year, and Game of the Year 2001. Released in November of 2000, WWF No Mercy has already sold well over 800,000 units at retail in North America.
We?re thrilled with the accolades that have been bestowed upon the video games of the World Wrestling Federation franchise, stated Brian Farrell, president and CEO, THQ. It?s a testament to all the hard work and dedication put forth by so many in the creation of these quality titles.
Both the gaming industry and WWF fans have shown incredible support for all of the WWF titles brought to market from JAKKS and THQ, said Stephen Berman, president and COO, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. We are glad that AIAS has recognized WWF No Mercy as deserving of this nomination.
World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with sale offices in New York City, Chicago and Toronto. The company is an equal partner with NBC in the XFL, a new professional football league. The company can be found online at wwf.com and wwfecorpbiz.com.
JAKKS Pacific is a multi-brand toy company that designs, develops, produces and markets toys and related products under various brand names (including Flying Colors®, Road Champs®, Remco®, Child Guidance®, Color Club®, and Pentech®) in multiple product categories, including: Wheels; Action Figures; Crafts/Activities/Stationery; Infant/Pre-School; Trading Cards/Games; Plush; and Dolls. The Company also has exclusive worldwide rights to publish and market World Wrestling Federation® video games. Go to www.jakkspacific.com or www.jakkswwf.com for more information.
THQ Inc. develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, and those manufactured by Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The THQ web site is located at http://www.thq.com.