THQ Wireless Shoots and Scores With Launch of NHL 5-on-5(TM) 2006, the Newest Officially Licensed Hockey Game for Mobile Phones

'Hockey fans rejoice because not only has the season begun, but this new

wireless game is the best way to enjoy hockey on your mobile phone.'


Nov 03, 2005, 00:00 ET from THQ Wireless Inc.

    AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- THQ Wireless Inc., a
 subsidiary of THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:   THQI), announced today that the company has
 teamed up again this season with the National Hockey League (NHL) and the
 National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) to launch NHL 5-on-5 2006,
 the most fast paced and cutting edge hockey game to launch to date on mobile
 phones.  Now available on major carriers to coincide with the start of the NHL
 season, NHL 5-on-5 2006 allows mobile gamers to lace up as one of 300 NHL
 players, in addition to participating in full season play, managing their own
 team and downloading roster updates.
     "With all of the anticipation surrounding this year's NHL season, we have
 again aligned ourselves with the NHL and the NHLPA to create a mobile
 experience that will not only appeal to die hard hockey fans, but gamers who
 thrive on the hard-hitting action found only in top sports titles," said Tim
 Walsh, President of THQ Wireless.  "With new features, advanced graphics and
 simplified controls, we feel strongly that NHL 5-on-5 2006 is one of the top
 mobile sports games that has launched to date."
     "We are proud to work with a publisher like THQ Wireless to produce and
 distribute a mobile game that truly reflects the action, pace and excitement
 of the NHL season," stated Keith Ritter, President of NHL Interactive Cyber
 Enterprises (NHL ICE).
     Boasting more robust art and vivid animation, as well as incredible
 gameplay improvements, NHL 5-on-5 2006 features all 30 NHL teams with
 strengths and weaknesses mirroring their real-life counterparts.  Reminiscent
 of console classics, NHL 5-on-5 2006 offers full season mode, including the
 playoffs as well as the Stanley Cup Finals, and the mobile game also allows
 players to download updated lineups reflecting information on player movement
 and team improvements.
     "The superior animation and noticeably detailed gameplay movements mirror
 the characters' real-life NHL player counterparts, and we are proud that the
 NHL players are presented in such an impressively realistic manner," stated
 Ted Saskin, Executive Director of the NHL Players Association.
     In addition, THQ Wireless has added several features to enhance the game's
 authenticity.  Line changes and coaching strategies allow players to show off
 their skills behind the bench, while the addition of one-timers, tip-ins, and
 redirections let users display their ability on the ice.  Varying powered
 shots let you fire a ferocious slap shot into the back of the net or trickle
 the puck between the goalie's legs.  The new and improved mobile game also
 allows players to feel every check thrown during gameplay, through a vibration
 feature available on many handsets.
     For more information on NHL 5-on-5 2006, TEXT NHL to 69847 or please visit
     About THQ Wireless Inc.:
     THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:   THQI), is a global
 leader in mobile entertainment, offering a wide range of wireless products,
 including games, personalization products, information services and messaging
 based on top licenses such as the WWE(TM), Star Wars, popular Nickelodeon
 properties and professional sports leagues including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB
 and the NHRA. In addition to wireless entertainment products, THQ Wireless'
 controlling interest in MINICK gives the company access to one of the largest
 premium messaging networks in the world in order to offer a broad range of
 services from content distribution to mobile marketing campaigns and place the
 company at the forefront of this rapidly growing messaging market.
 Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ Wireless has offices
 worldwide, in addition to distribution agreements through wireless carriers
 across the globe. Further information can be found at
     About THQ Inc.:
     THQ Inc. (Nasdaq:   THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of
 interactive entertainment software.  The company develops its products for all
 popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices.   Headquartered
 in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global
 network of offices located in the United States, United Kingdom, Austria,
 France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Korea and Australia.  More information
 about THQ and its products may be found at and THQ, THQ Wireless and their respective logos are
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     About NHL:
     The National Hockey League, founded November 22, 1917, is the second
 oldest of the four major team sports leagues in North America.  Today, the NHL
 consists of 30 Member Clubs based in the United States and Canada. More
 than 30 percent of NHL players hail from outside North America from 20
 different countries.  Through the NHL Foundation, the League's charitable
 arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer, Hockey's
 All-Star Kids and NHL Diversity, and supports the charitable efforts of all
 NHL players. For more information on the NHL, fans may log on to
     (C) NHLPA. NHL 5-on-5(TM) 2006 is an Officially Licensed Product of the
 NHLPA. NHLPA, National Hockey League Players' Association and the NHLPA logo
 are trademarks of the NHLPA and are used under license by THQ Wireless, Inc.
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 facts may be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private
 Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements
 are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the
 business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as "THQ"),
 including, but not limited to, expectations and projections related to the
 release and features of NHL 5-on-5 2006 and are based upon management's
 beliefs and certain assumptions made by management.  Such forward-looking
 statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward
 looking statements, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive and
 technological factors affecting the operations, markets, products, and pricing
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 documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange
 Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on
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 discussion of risk factors that may affect results of operations set forth
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 release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements.
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 statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.
     Jonalyn Morris
     Bender/Helper Impact for THQ Wireless
     Julie MacMedan
     THQ/Investor Relations

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