San Diego, March 07. 2011
Mad Catz® Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), announced today the start of shipping for the company’s range of licensed WWE® All Stars™ products for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
Produced under license from THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), the Mad Catz BrawlStick™ and BrawlPad™ accessories will bring high-octane WWE action to life and are ideal for recreating signature moves of the WWE Legends and current WWE Superstars.
To celebrate the launch of the new range, Mad Catz also announced today a new BrawlPad design depicting all-time great Hulk Hogan and WWE Superstar John Cena® with official artwork from the videogame. The new design joins the previously announced BrawlPad featuring The People’s Champion ™, The Rock ® and WWE Superstar Triple H®.
WWE All Stars will deliver one of the greatest rosters ever assembled in a WWE videogame. WWE All Stars invites players to generate fantasy matches between WWE Legends and current WWE Superstars or mix any of the two and ultimately determine the greatest competitors of all time.
Licensed products currently shipping are as follows:
· Official WWE All Stars Arcade BrawlStick– Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system
Designed to offer authentic, arcade-style play, the WWE All Stars Arcade BrawlStick features Mad Catz redesigned ball top joystick and high quality concave action buttons offering the gamer precision, control and quality engineering. Complete with official artwork depicting WWE great The Rock and WWE Superstar Triple H., the BrawlStick’s action buttons are pre-configured for WWE All Stars allowing gamers to jump into the action without the need to manually configure via the menu screen, designed to replicate the‘instant play’ nature of a true arcade. Dual-speed Turbo functionality is independently available on each action button, complete with individual LED Indicators, allowing gamers to execute moves with impressive speed, while the eight-button arcade configuration enables larger-than-life moves and character specific combinations to be performed with precise execution. An integrated D-Pad switch allows gamers to alternate between D-Pad and Analog Sticks for maximum control flexibility, while the ergonomic slanted top panel ensures comfort during sustained play. In addition, Start and Select/Back Buttons are located on the back of the BrawlStick, minimizing the risk of accidental interruptions.
· Official WWE All Stars BrawlPad– Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system
Ideal for gamers favoring the portability and ergonomics of a traditional console controller without wishing to compromise on performance, the WWE All Stars BrawlPad features Mad Catz tournament grade enlarged circular eight-way floating D-Pad and fast action-arcade-style six-button configuration. The enlarged D-Pad is designed to roll smoothly with the movement of the players thumb, reacting with the precision and swiftness of a traditional arcade stick, while retaining the ergonomics of a traditional D-Pad. The classic six-button configuration feature enlarged action buttons allowing combinations and special moves to be executed with greater success and speed. An integrated D-Pad switch allows gamers to alternate between D-Pad and Analog Stick mode when using the enlarged circular floating D-Pad., and combined with official artwork from WWE All Stars, gamers can grapple with the BrawlPad depicting their favorite WWE Legends and WWE Superstars! With a choice of two designs, gamers can choose between artwork depicting Hulk Hogan and John Cena or The Rock and Triple H.
The new Mad Catz WWE All Stars Arcade BrawlPad and WWE All Stars BrawlStick will be available from the Gameshark Online store (store.gameshark.com) and other leading video game retailers.
For further information please contact:
Alex Verrey: Global PR&Communications Manager
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Michael Greco: Vice President of Marketing
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Allyson Vanderford : Interim Chief Financial Officer
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About Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Mad Catz is a leading global provider of innovative products for the interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz develops and markets accessories for videogame systems and PCs under its Mad Catz (casual gaming), Saitek (simulation), Cyborg (pro gaming), Eclipse (home and office) and Tritton (gaming audio) brands. Mad Catz also operates e-commerce and content websites for videogame and PC products under its GameShark brand, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary earphones under its AirDrives brand, and publishes and distributes video/PC games. Mad Catz distributes its products through most of the leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to www.madcatz.com, as well as www.store.gameshark.com, www.saitek.com, www.cyborggaming.com, www.eclipsetouch.com, www.trittontechnologies.com, www.gameshark.com and www.airdrives.com.
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 throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
About WWE, Inc.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family-friendly, PG content across all of its platforms including television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Mexico City. Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide.
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