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WWE’s “SmackDown vs. RAW” Videogame Reaches Platinum Sales Milestone

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THQ issued a press release today touting the sales success of last year’s “SmackDown vs. RAW 2008″ release. This year’s version of the game (“SvR 2009″) hits stores on November 9th.

Here’s the press release:

WWE(R) SmackDown(R) Vs. Raw(R) 2008 Reaches “Platinum Hits” Sales Milestone for the Xbox 360(R) Video Game and Entertainment System from Microsoft

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Oct 23, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) today announced that WWE(R) SmackDown(R) vs. Raw(R) 2008 has achieved “Platinum Hits” status for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The game originally launched in November 2007 and is now available for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

“Attaining ‘Platinum Hits’ for the Xbox 360 demonstrates the long-standing dedication of our fans to this tremendous franchise,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, publishing, THQ. “This accolade comes at an opportune time as we march toward the much-anticipated North American release of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 across all major gaming platforms, including mobile devices, on November 9.”

“We are delighted the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw videogame franchise has reached ‘Platinum Hits’ status for its second consecutive year on Xbox 360,” said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. “WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 embodies a host of fan favorite features, including Superstar Fighting Styles and a new Struggle Submission System, which further define the virtual WWE experience.”

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