THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced that WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 is now available at major retailers throughout North America. The latest addition to the leading fighting video game franchise turns the Superstars of today into the Legends of tomorrow, delivering prominent new features and enhancements, in addition to debuting on three new platforms – the Wii home video game system, Nintendo DS and PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 is also available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, with the wireless version slated to launch on various mobile carriers worldwide throughout November. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 is rated “T” for Teen and is available for the suggested retail prices of $59.95 (PLAYSTATION 3 system, Xbox 360), $49.95 (Wii, PlayStation 2 system), $39.95 (PSP system) and $29.95 (Nintendo DS).
"WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 marks the largest simultaneous cross-platform launch to date for the franchise, and we are excited by its extensive worldwide growth potential with a broad audience of gamers,” said Bob Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. “The unique game play features delivered across the platforms, including our debut offerings on the Wii, Nintendo DS and PLAYSTATION 3 system, offer gamers more ways to embrace the WWE video game experience.”
“The new features offered in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 deliver fresh, innovative game play that significantly enhances this classic and enormously popular video game franchise,” said Nelo Lucich, vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. “Players can look forward to more choice, control and strategic options with the new Superstar Fighting Styles, and with the RAW, SmackDown and ECW brands all represented, players can embrace this latest installment like no other before.”
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for the Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation 2 system and PSP system will let players take the fight into their own hands with the debut of eight Superstar Fighting Styles. Each fighting style has its own unique strategy with exclusive moves and abilities. A brand new Struggle Submission System gives players intuitive and natural control over their WWE Superstars using the analog sticks. Realism and strategy are at the forefront, as players can now control the amount of pressure they apply. WWE 24/7 Mode, which combines the popular Season and General Manager modes, embraces the intensity of the Superstar lifestyle. Multiple character development options, stat tracking and career goals will guide players toward the ultimate achievement of becoming a WWE Legend. In addition, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 includes numerous fan-requested updates, including new rosters, more environmental hotspots, improved out-of-ring action and much more.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for the Wii features unique controls and gameplay created specifically for the platform, resulting in quick response times and a more arcade feel. Ultimate control is taken to the next level, as players can act out slams, strikes, taunts and finishers as they take place on screen.
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 for the Nintendo DS lets players directly control a Superstar’s action with the stylus, while situation-based fighting includes over 80 unique holds for a variety of strategic options. Players can also experience a full year of WWE action, storylines and drama in WWE Season Mode.
More information about WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 can be found at http://www.thq.com and http://www.smackdownvsraw.com.