WCW Nitro Press Release


Liz Bell
Media Relations/THQ

Asam Ahmad
THQ/International Media Relations
+44 (0)1483 767656

Deborah Lake
THQ/Investor Relations

Alan Sharp
Public Relations/WCW


CALABASAS, Calif. - February 9, 1999 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) makes another entry into World Championship Wrestling's squared circle with lightning-fast arcade-style wrestling action in "WCW Nitro," for the Nintendo 64 game console. The game is now available at all major retail outlets nationwide for the suggested retail price of $49.99.

Developed by Inland Productions, "WCW Nitro" calls over 60 WCW and NWO wrestlers into the ring for all the Singles and Tag-Team action that ranks the World Champion Wrestling show among the top-rated TV programs. Wrestling Superstars Goldberg, "Hollywood" Hogan, Sting, Diamond Dallas Page and other top brawlers are ready to go for the gold in this new addition to THQ's wrestling library.

"WCW Nitro" is THQ's latest offering in their highly successful, multi-platform line of wrestling products. "WCW Nitro" for the PlayStation was a top selling PlayStation title in 1998 and won "Best Fighting Console Game" of the year by visitors to Sony Computer Entertainment's Website. "WCW/NWO Revenge," which launched for the Nintendo 64 in October of 1998, has garnered tremendous critical and commercial success. "WCW/NWO Thunder," a recent THQ release, was the top-selling PSX game during the first two weeks of January according to NPD TRSTS.

"We pride ourselves on our commitment to develop fun and original gaming experiences," stated Michael Rubinelli, vice president of product development, THQ.

"'WCW Nitro' for the Nintendo 64 delivers the kind of fast, arcade-style action that wrestling and gaming enthusiasts crave."

"WCW Nitro" offers both Single and Multi-Player game modes. In the Single-Player option, players may choose from "Tournament," "Exhibition," "Exhibition Tag Team" and "Battle Royal" modes. Multi-Player modes include two-player "VS" and "VS Tag Team," as well as two-four-player "Battle Royal."

Players can choose from an array of exciting wrestling moves like the "Jackhammer" or the "Diamond Cutter." Each character also has his own set of signature moves to perform in his quest to destroy the competition.

World Championship Wrestling (WCW) is a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., a Time Warner company (NYSE: TWX). WCW produces and markets television programs and live events featuring wrestling superstars. WCW produces nine hours of programming seen each week throughout the United States and in more than 25 countries throughout the world. The WCW Web site is located at www.WCW.com.

THQ Inc. develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, and those manufactured by Nintendo and Sony. The THQ Web site is located at www.thq.com.