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Ping Pals Released for Nintendo DS

December 7, 2004, 1:56 pm PST
Total comments: 5

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

Pals

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

technology,"

said Peter Dille, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. "As the

leading independent publisher of handheld games, THQ is very excited to be

at

the forefront of this innovative technology by offering Ping Pals to

consumers

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

addition,

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,

a

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.

Talkback

DjunknownDecember 07, 2004

Hopefully Warp Pipe's big, top-secret project will enable programs like picto chat and Ping Pals to be uber-cool. I'm sure Ping Pals would be fun if you're in a class or something, but do you really need to text somebody 100 feet away from you?

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 07, 2004

Maybe it'd be cool if you were mad at them and not talking to them? face-icon-small-wink.gif

MarioDecember 07, 2004

Ping Pals is getting great reviews.

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusDecember 07, 2004

Well, I spent like 2 hours PictoChatting with my girlfriend the other night. You really do say different things in writing. I actually got into more serious conversations than usual with a friend trying it out.

MarioDecember 07, 2004

That's very true, that's how I feel on the internet.

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