PictoChat had better watch its back.
Ping Pals for the Nintendo DS Has Shipped to Retail Outlets Across North America
CALABASAS HILLS, Calif., Dec. 7 -- THQ Inc.
(Nasdaq: THQI) today announced that Ping Pals™ for the Nintendo DS™
videogame system has shipped to retailers throughout North America. Ping
takes advantage of all of the major features of the Nintendo DS, including
wireless communication, wireless game sharing, as well as the touch screen
utilizing the stylus.
"THQ is proud to support the launch of the Nintendo DS with a creative
product such as Ping Pals that takes full advantage of the new DS
said Peter Dille, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. "As the
leading independent publisher of handheld games, THQ is very excited to be
the forefront of this innovative technology by offering Ping Pals to
this holiday season."
Ping Pals allows gamers to create and customize their very own avatar
on-screen persona, known as a Ping Pal, by choosing from thousands of
different options. Players will then be able to play single and multiplayer
games in order to win coins. They can then use their coins to purchase
additional items at the Ping Pals virtual mall, allowing them to customize
their Ping Pal. Special sales will occur at the virtual mall where players
must log in at a specific time in order to purchase rare items. In
players will be able to trade items with their friends, offering further
customization of their Ping Pal.
Ping Pals will also include an elaborate chatting feature that utilizes
the touch screen as an interface, allowing up to eight people to chat with
each other at a time. Players will also have the ability to play Solo Chat,
game that allows them to hold conversations with various virtual characters.
If they'd like to share their Ping Pals game, players can download a trial
version to one of their friends' Nintendo DS systems, allowing them to
participate in conversations and experience the Ping Pals multiplayer games.
Ping Pals was developed by WayForward Technologies out of Valencia,
California. For more information on Ping Pals and the rest of THQ's product
line-up, please visit http://www.thq.com.