Press Release: Microsoft will now publish games for Nintendo

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  1. John Kilroy

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    And now, in the Things You Never Thought You Would See Category...
    CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 2002--THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI - News) and Microsoft today announced an exclusive, worldwide Game Boy Advance publishing agreement. Under the agreement, THQ will publish several of Microsoft Game Studios' top-selling Xbox and PC game properties on the popular Game Boy® Advance system. In addition to "Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee(TM)" and "Monster Truck Madness 2.0," THQ and Microsoft Game Studios will work together to identify additional properties for release under the agreement.
    "Microsoft Game Studios has created several innovative game franchises that have met with tremendous success among PC and Xbox gamers," stated Germaine Gioia, vice president, licensing, THQ. "This unique deal augments our longstanding leadership position in handheld gaming with an additional pipeline of great gaming content for the Game Boy Advance system."
    "Our partnership with THQ provides an exciting licensing opportunity to introduce some of Microsoft Game Studios' best-selling franchises to new and broader audiences worldwide," said John Jordan, Director of Xbox Business Development at Microsoft Game Studios. "THQ has a stellar reputation for game development, and we look forward to working with them to bring `Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee(TM),' `Monster Truck Madness 2.0' and other best-selling franchises to the hand-held platform."
    "We always look for expansion opportunities for our games, and hand-held platforms provide a great opportunity to capture a new worldwide audience," said Ed Ventura, Director of PC Business Development at Microsoft Game Studios. "By working with THQ, we introduce Game Boy Advance into the platform mix for our titles, giving consumers another opportunity to experience our award-winning products and franchises."
    About Microsoft Game Studios
    Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox, PC and online platforms. Comprised of a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse game portfolios for: Xbox (www.xbox.com), including such franchises as "Halo," "Project Gotham Racing" and "NFL Fever"; PC (www.microsoft.com/games/), including such franchises as "Age of Empires," "Flight Simulator" and "Zoo Tycoon"; and Zone.com (zone.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as "Bejeweled" and "Outsmart."
    About THQ
    THQ Inc. develops and publishes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment, Nintendo and Microsoft. The THQ Web site is located at www.thq.com. The THQ Wireless site is located at www.thqwireless.com.
    This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about THQ's business based, in part, on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of THQ's future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above and the following: changes in demand for THQ's products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing and difficulties encountered in the integration of acquired businesses. In addition, such statements could be affected by growth rates and market conditions relating to the interactive software industry and general domestic and international economic conditions. Specific information concerning these and other such factors is contained in THQ's Registration Statement on Form S-3 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 22, 2002. A copy of this filing may be obtained by contacting THQ or the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and THQ does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
    Note: Xbox is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
     
  2. Aaron Copeland

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    Wow! I wonder if these means that all the rumors flying around about MS considering making a handheld of their own are now dead?

    Aaron
     
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    Whoa, is this real? If it is, I think the devil needs ice skates...
     
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    To be fair, Microsoft are NOT publishing games for the GBA. THQ are.

    THQ have a number of deals like this - they published Sonic Advance on the GBA, they had the rights to GBA conversions on a bunch of EA properties too. THQ have a real good GBA distribution/marketing set-up & know that market well.
     
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    As I mentioned in the hardware forum where this was also posted, this is a good way for Microsoft via THQ to expand their own brand awareness. How soon till we see some kind of Halo GBA game?
     
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    I think it's pretty cool - and a sign that noone really wants to take on nintendo in the handheld market (though I wish someone would - competition is nice.)
     
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    So the case here is that THQ has an agreement to publish GBA games, and THQ is licencing games from MS, correct? If this is the case, then why didn't Square do the same thing? From what I remember reading, they wanted to publish for GBA but not for the Cube, but Nintendo kind of forced them into it...
     
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    Any bets that Halo will be on the GBA before the PC? [​IMG]
     
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    hehe, probably right.

    But it would be Halo on the GBA. A slight difference.
     
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    I think this is a double-edged sword. Its good for GBA owners, but shows that one of two things has happened:

    1) MS wants to make a LOT more money
    2) MS wants to make back a LOT of money that they lost
     
  12. Jeff Kleist

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    I think it's mostly that MS has no interest in the handheld market. Nintendo has it sewn up for the moment, why fight a 2 front war?
     

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