THQ has announced that it will release exclusively developed titles on Xbox Live Arcade starting with Spongebob Squarepants: Underpants Slam, an action game based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon. It is expected to be released sometime next month. The game will be followed by Screwjumper, an original title, and Elements of Destruction and Rocket Riot.
Take-Two Interactive, following its earnings call, has announced the formation of 2K Play, a new publishing label dedicated to casual gaming. As part of the initiative, the publisher also announced an expansive new handheld and console game licensing agreement with Nickelodeon, one that involves major properties like Nick Jr., Dora the Explorer and more.
“We welcome our new partnership with 2K Play,” said Shaul Olmert, Vice President/Digital Media products for Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. “This is the first time Go, Diego, Go! is coming to handheld and console systems and will mark Dora the Explorer’s debut on the popular Nintendo DS™ system. We are excited to welcome 2K Play into our growing family of innovative digital products.”
2K Play joins fellow publishing labels 2K Games and 2K Sports as new divisions under the 2K branch. The new label will absorb Take-Two‘s Global Star Software label, including the Carnival Games brand, the Cat Daddy Games studio and PC games based on the popular Deal or No Deal franchise.
More announcements regarding the 2K Play lineup are forthcoming.
THQ has announced its 2006 videogame lineup for its Nickelodeon brand of games for kids. The lineup consists of the following titles:
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Nicktoons (working title)
- Danny Phantom Urban Jungle
Further information can be found after the jump.