THQ Nordic working with Nickelodeon to resurrect old game licenses

THQ Nordic will be reviving licensed titles from its past through a new partnership with Nickelodeon.

16 titles derived from Nickelodeon IPs will be returning to shelves in the coming months, with release dates to be announced soon. Here’s the full list of the games to expect through this revived partnership – they will all launch worldwide, except for the The Fairly OddParents, which will be a US only title:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Back At The Barnyard
  • Catscratch
  • Danny Phantom
  • El Tigre
  • Invader Zim
  • Jimmy Neutron
  • My Life As A Teenage Robot
  • Rocket Power
  • Rocko’s Modern Life
  • Rugrats
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Tak And The Power Of Juju
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
  • The Wild Thornberrys

THQ Inc had the rights to the Nickelodeon license before the firm declared bankruptcy in 2013 and sold the license to Activision. THQ was then bought by Nordic Games in 2014. The company then reincorporated the THQ name in its own, becoming THQ Nordic in 2016. Since then, the publisher has made several IP acquisitions, for the Switch, but also from NovaLogic, going even further by acquiring German developer Black Forest Games and, more recently, Koch Media and Deep Silver for €121m.

Adrienne Lauer, VP digital sales & business development Americas at THQ Nordic, commented: “This one hits close to home! We are very proud of signing this agreement, which was originally executed by the ‘former’ THQ Inc. We believe the combination of strong licenses and solid, crisp gameplay was one of THQ Inc’s trademark strategies, and we intend to continue this tradition. I am confident we chose one of the strongest partners for doing just that. It is a perfect fit for our ‘asset care’ strategy: bringing back fan-favorites, continuing to support legacy games and make them available on current and even next-gen platforms.”

Nickelodeon’s SVP  Toys Jon Roman added: “The appetite for Nickelodeon content old and new continues to grow and it’s exciting to bring our beloved content to new audiences through this partnership with THQ Nordic. These titles were popular when they were first released and we can’t wait for fans around the world to rediscover their favourites.”

About Marie Dealessandri

Marie Dealessandri is MCV’s former senior staff writer. After testing the waters of the film industry in France and being a radio host and reporter in Canada, she settled for the games industry in London in 2015. She can be found (very) occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate, Hollow Knight and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

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