THQ announces The Last Airbender: The Movie: The Game

by: Sean Colleli -
Ok, I had to get that old Street Fighter reference in there. Anyway, the fine folks at THQ have teamed up with Nickelodeon for the game version of The Last Airbender. You’ll be able to play as Aang, the titular hero—no surprise there, previous Airbender games let you do that. What’s unique about this one is that you can also play as a villainous Prince Zuko, scar and all. The game is also a Wii and DS exclusive, which could be a big score for Nintendo if the game is good; both kids and anime fans love the series and are warming up to the love-him-or-hate-him M. Night Shyamalan and his interpretation.

I was never really into the Airbender show when it was running but my brother and sister loved it. In any case I think it’s too bad that James Cameron janked the iconic Avatar title out from under the Airbender movie—in my opinion the Airbender series has a much richer plot than Cameron’s Avatar.
THQ BRINGS M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN'S THE LAST AIRBENDER
TO LIFE AS AN INTERACTIVE VIDEO GAME THAT IMMERSES PLAYERS INTO THE WORLD OF BENDING

The Last Airbender Game Invites Fans to Relive the Film's Epic Adventures
From the Perspective of Prince Zuko


AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - April 7, 2010 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced plans to bring The Last Airbender video game exclusively to the Wii™ system and Nintendo DS™/Nintendo DSi™ systems in June 2010. Inspired by Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures highly anticipated summer blockbuster live-action theatrical film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, The Last Airbender video game will deliver all-new unique features that bring to life the film's thrilling action and immerse players in the world of bending.

"The Last Airbender video game boasts original gameplay elements that create an experience never previously seen before on the Wii system," said Doug Clemmer, Executive Vice President of THQ's Kids, Family & Casual Games. "The artistic in-game graphics and dynamic combat were designed to fully engage players, while providing an exhilarating and interactive gaming moment."
"Through its thrilling storylines and distinctive characters, Avatar: The Last Airbender has built an enthusiastic fan base, and there is incredible anticipation building for the theatrical release," said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys, Video Games & Consumer Electronics Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products. "Fans will be able to master their bending skills and relive action-packed scenes from the movie, playing as either Aang, or through the unique perspective of the antagonist, Zuko."

About The Last Airbender Video Game
The Last Airbender video game revisits captivating, climactic scenes from the film while providing the player a much more indepth experience. The game is told from the unique perspective of the antagonist Zuko, exiled prince of the Fire Nation, who embarks on a personal quest to capture the Avatar, a young boy named Aang, in order to regain his father's honor. Players will be able to embody three playable characters - Aang, Zuko and the Blue Spirit - and participate in epic battles, hand-to-hand combat and various intense challenges throughout the game. Utilizing the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™, players will discover and master their bending powers by performing special hand movements that are specific to their character's abilities. The interactive, action adventure game, will allow players to learn how to manipulate air and fire, creating destructive forces such as Air Vortexes, Tornadoes, Fire Balls, and Fire Bombs, to take down enemies and progress through the game in order to fulfill their destiny.

For more information about The Last Airbender video game, please visit www.thq.com.

About The Last Airbender Film
Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.

Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film "The Last Airbender" is the opening chapter in Aang's struggle to survive.

About Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 15 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon, The Last Airbender and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

About THQ
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 throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQand the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
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