|Also Available Under Microsoft's Xbox Platinum Hits And Nintendo's GameCube Players Choice Collection - all for $19.99|
THQ(R) Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that SpongeBob SquarePants(TM): Battle for Bikini Bottom for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system has been added to Sony Computer Entertainment America's "Greatest Hits" collection and is now available at retailers throughout North America for the low price of $19.99. Developed by THQ's internal studio, Heavy Iron Studios(R), and based on the top-rated show on kids TV, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom originally launched in fall 2003 and has sold more than 1.25 million copies to date.
The game is also now available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 for the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube(R), under similar bestseller programs.
"We are thrilled with the worldwide sales success and critical acclaim of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom," said Tiffany Ternan, senior vice president, North American sales and distribution, THQ. "Now the reduced price point of $19.99 will allow more SpongeBob fans to experience this fun and humorous interactive version of the TV show, while enjoying classic platform gameplay."
About SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
In SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, the evil Plankton has set in motion his most diabolical plot ever to take over the world. The fate of Bikini Bottom has been put in the hands (or small tentacles) of three unsuspecting heroes - SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star and Sandy Cheeks - all playable characters with their own special moves. Players can pull off insane new maneuvers like "tongue boarding," "underwear bungee jumping," and "lasso coptering," and enjoy power-ups like the "guided cruise bubble." They will encounter familiar characters as they explore 50 levels in 10 huge 3D worlds, look for hidden items, unlock secret rewards, soak up SpongeBob humor, and finally put an end to Plankton's rotten scheme.
A new SpongeBob title, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie game, will be available for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy(R) Advance and PC on October 27.
For more information on SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom for PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie game, or the rest of THQ's holiday lineup, please visit www.thq.com.
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