10th Anniversary Release from Leading Fighting Videogame Franchise to Offer Unparalleled WWE Virtual Universe Complete With Dynamic New Features, Including First-Ever Tag Team Co-op Storyline!
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 9, 2008–THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) today announced that WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2009 is now available at retailers throughout North America. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the latest addition to the leading fighting videogame franchise delivers the definitive simulation of World Wrestling Entertainment live programming, including added depth and realism, a first-ever tag team co-op storyline, multiple ways to generate and share player-created content, as well as the debut of downloadable content. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is now available for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, Wii(TM) video game console and Nintendo DS(TM), with the mobile version slated to launch on various carriers throughout November. The game is rated “T” for Teen and is available for the suggested retail prices of $59.99 (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system); $49.99 (Wii); $39.99 (PlayStation 2 system, PSP system) and $29.99 (Nintendo DS).
“WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is the undisputed choice for those who seek an ambitious, content-rich and rewarding sports entertainment videogame experience this holiday season,” said Bob Aniello, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. “Offering an impressive list of new features and significant franchise improvements across all platforms, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 will allow players to achieve Superstar greatness alone or with fellow WWE fans on their favorite console, handheld and mobile devices.”
“Players will have unlimited opportunities to take their WWE videogame experience to new heights with WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009,” said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. “As this extremely popular franchise continues to grow year-over-year, we look forward to seeing even more fans establish their WWE identities through activities such as creating Superstars, sharing their biggest accomplishments online and broadening their gameplay options through downloadable content.”
About WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation 2 system and PSP system will unleash a brand-new tag team experience, allowing players to build momentum and attributes, eliminate opponents with high-impact double teams and finishers, as well as get the “hot tag” for the win. The franchise’s renowned creation system offers a brand new Create-A-Finisher option, while a new Road to WrestleMania(R) Mode paves the way to WWE’s biggest event of the year and lets players experience a franchise-first co-op storyline. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 also extends the virtual WWE gameplay experience with robust online capabilities, including the debut of downloadable content.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii builds upon its inaugural offering by significantly expanding its match type options, giving players more ways to enjoy the platform’s unique pick-up-and-play experience. Gameplay advances to the next level, giving players more Superstar control with interactive entrances and victory scenes. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Wii will also include a wide variety of new weapons, the debut of online gameplay and much more.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 for Nintendo DS returns with new gameplay controls that utilize the stylus and D-pad to deliver a compelling handheld fighting game experience. The redesigned Season Mode takes a role-playing approach, allowing players to interact with Superstars, upgrade their abilities and complete missions on a quest toward legendary goals. In addition, a larger Superstar roster, new match types and the inclusion of Create-A-Superstar will provide players with a variety of intriguing options to enhance gameplay.
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