THQ playing with Barbie, He-Man

Publisher makes multiplatform deal with Mattel for games based on Polly Pocket, Hot Wheels, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, Masters of the Universe, and more.

THQ may have turned 21 last year, but the publisher has no intention to stop playing with toys. The company today announced a partnership with Mattel that will see new games made for a slew of the toy maker's top brands.

No word on if the deal allows THQ to create Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Barbie.

Under the terms of the deal, THQ will produce and distribute video games based on Mattel's most popular franchises, including Barbie, Polly Pocket, Hot Wheels, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and Masters of the Universe (best known for He-Man).

The new titles will arrive on numerous platforms, including mobile devices, consoles, handhelds, PCs, and social networks, as well as Xbox Live Arcade, WiiWare, and the PlayStation Network.

In addition to the above destinations, THQ said it will bring Mattel's brands to its proprietary peripheral, the $70 uDraw Game Tablet, which is pegged to sell 1.3 million units by March. THQ and Mattel already teamed up on the tablet once, with the uDraw launch title Pictionary. The companies have also worked together multiple times on more traditional games, such as the THQ-published Hot Wheels: Track Attack and Barbie: Groom and Glad Pups, which debuted in November.

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wollettl
wollettl

I'd love to see a great game developed for Barbie like Barbie Explorer. The movie, Barbie Fairytopia or Barbie Mermaidia, would be a great game.

super600
super600

I meant to say protect the Wii and DS from more shovelware.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@super600 Protect the DS and wii from shovelware? Aren't you a few years to late for that lol OT: He-man would be interesting But that's mainly because I grew up with the toys But as super600 implied it'll probally be shovelware

ionusX
ionusX

he-man games would rock.. as for barbie.. nooooooooo! do they not know what happened to the last person to TRY and make a barbie game.. that being said i would love to see barbie in homefront.. yeah nothing like seeing the nuclear families iconic female toy of the 90's getting taken in chains by koreans (i imply many things by this :P)

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Don't get your hopes up for a good MOTU game, not until we see some footage anyway.

mardinn
mardinn

He-Men? Do you have any idea how long I've not even heard its name? THQ don't do it. Let Hasbro produce those things..

pszone
pszone

thq going to lose money over something not worth pp not ganna buy rubish kids games for there kids to do so sell better kids games make them better and longer if not dont bother thq always do kids games what they dont sell

itchyflop
itchyflop

i hope cringer makes an appearance with beast man!!

volume_three
volume_three

I've been waiting my whole gaming life for a decent Masters of the Universe! Please don't ruin it!

burgeg
burgeg

@9thedevilmaycry - You said Grand Theft Barbie twice. Good to see you recognise what the best idea you came up with was!

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

i remember those hot wheels games back in the days.....

kokakee
kokakee

"By the power of Grayskull.... I have a GAME"... finally

DanteDelacoix
DanteDelacoix

@firehawk998 Thats the best thing I've heard....ever!.....lmao

firehawk998
firehawk998

Give the He - Man Ip to the guys who made Darksiders and you will have one hell of a game.

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

Can't wait for Grand Theft Barbie . or Naughty Barbie a more realistic mod to Naughty Bear the game.

nice2400
nice2400

@Freezezzy right right the motion control stuff yea yea then d@mnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn its gon b a load of crapy games coming smhhhh this era of gamming is gonna make the atomic bomb drop on heroshima look like a joke after these atomic bomb of crappy gamess drop this year.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Masters Of the Universe Action RPG anyone???? I could care less about the rest I just think He-Man deserves a game so long as it's done right.......

soulless4now
soulless4now

I can understand releasing the games on consoles (mainly Wii) and handhelds, put anything else would seem like a waste of money. Seriously, who on XLA or PSN is going to be playing a Barbie game? Come on now...

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Did THQ walk into a Mcdonalds and looked at the kid toys or something?

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Looks like THQ is working on whipping up a bunch of crappy games again. No surprise here.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

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Freezezzy
Freezezzy

@nice2400 I think it's too late for that. Now that the 360 and PS3 have motion controls, we can expect plenty of casual-ties on all fronts. ----- @9thedevilmaycry "26: f-barbie (f-zero ripoff)" I think this one says it all.

ToOoOoOoN
ToOoOoOoN

master of the universe!!!!!! insane just like back in the days

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

you know Barbie kept spending the night over at Castle Grayskull

ahpuck
ahpuck

LOL. you guys are a funny bunch.

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

@Sneeky Ratchet i could name so many that I forgot that I put grand theft barbie as 5 just saying, twisted barbie is twisted metal

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

@9thedevilmaycry must have taken you a while to come up with those. Really funny and creative name. I think i'll go check out God of Barbie and Twisted Barbie, they should be awesome! btw #5 & #18 are the same, probably one was a reboot of the original =/

9thedevilmaycry
9thedevilmaycry

I CAN THINK OF HEAPS OF BARBIE GAMES 1:the legend of barbie 2:barbie kart 3:barbiecraft 4:barboid(metroid ripoff) 5:grand theft barbie 6:guitar barbie 7:MORTAL BARBIE 8:Barbiemon(gotta dress em all!) 9:barbieout(fallout ripoff) 10 super barbie sisters 11:call of barbie 12:left 4 barbie 13:god of barbie 14:Half Barbie 15:barbiepoly(monopoly) 16:barbie may cry 17:twisted barbie 18:grand theft barbie 19:barbie calibur 20:chrono barbie 21:final barbisy(final fantasy ripoff) 22:hotel barbie(hotel mario ripoff) 23:barbie eye(goldeneye ripoff) 24:metal gear barbie 25:no more barbies(no more heroes ripoff) 26: f-barbie(f-zero ripoff) 27 SUPER SMASH BARBIES 28:katabarbie dramacy(now even more weireder and creepier!) 29:barbiebound(earthbound ripoff) 30:counter-barbie(counter-strike ripoff) I COULD MAKE A LONGER LIST BUT I DONT WANT THIS COMMENT TO TAKE UP THE WHOLE PAGE

lamprey263
lamprey263

well, at least THQ is still bringing us WH40 Space Marines, as long as they don't screw that up I could care less about them making Mattel licensed games

nice2400
nice2400

hope fully not anotha year of medicore games 4 the wii. all i ask is please dont bring any of these games to ps3 or xbox system leave that to the hardcore game developers tht make hardcore games, dont even think bout puttin them on the xbox live market or PS network

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

imagine a fat barbie, who would purchase that?

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

More games to be on the record of 'games that never should of been made'.

smash3brawler
smash3brawler

I hope THQ brings back He-Man to its roots, when it was a simple yet ingenious way to disguise Conan the Barbarian toys when Mattel saw how adult the movie was. Since we haven't got a game form the Cimmerian since Age of Conan, I think a hack and slash He-Man game with proper adult tratment would be a great idea.

evilross
evilross

A God of War style, or maybe a Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance style Masters of the Universe game has the potental to be cool.

NejiKusa
NejiKusa

Masters of the Universe better be badass. I mean even if it sucks it will still be badass, but it better be fun.

goodemon
goodemon

Dude the He-Man game better rock, so much, that the character models are rendered just like the MOTU line from Mattycollector.com. It would be soooo awesome with all the battle accessories as unlockables, and vehicles from the 80s would be nice too, make a brawler like splatterhouse

super600
super600

Oh No! We must protect the Wii and the DS from the impending shovelware that will be released.