05:38 AM - October 27, 2008 by Steve_OS
Leading Fighting Videogame Franchise to Offer Fans Unique Retail
Incentive In Support of Upcoming Worldwide
LaunchAGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 2008--THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) today announced details of the WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2009 collector's edition. Exclusively for the PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, the collector's edition is now available for pre-order at select retailers worldwide. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is slated for release on the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, Wii(TM) video game console, Nintendo DS(TM) and mobile devices on November 9, 2008.
The WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 collector's edition for the PLAYSTATION 3 system features a copy of the game and a disc with exclusive Blu-ray content. Included on the disc is a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the videogame, as well as more than two hours of WWE footage from a variety of popular SmackDown vs. Raw cross-brand matches from 2008. The content is delivered in a unique steel cage package for North America, while fans in Europe and Asia Pacific regions will see their items encased within a miniature ring.
"The WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 collector's edition for the PLAYSTATION 3 system is a tremendous opportunity for us to collaborate with our partners to produce a unique offering for our fans," said Bob Aniello, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. "In addition to the great WWE video features, the videogame documentary will allow fans to see all of the work that goes into making their favorite fighting videogame franchise."
"The WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 collector's edition is a must-have for the WWE aficionado," said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. "With innovative content and packaging that looks great on collectors' shelves, and a host of Blu-ray content including a behind-the-scenes, this collection is certain to be enjoyed by WWE fans for years to come."