SpongeBob gets Drawn to Life

New edition of DS game arriving alongside Naked Brother Band title as THQ's Nickelodeon-licensed games reach $1 billion sales milestone.

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Last year's DS adventure game Drawn to Life offered up a new take on user-generated content by allowing players to use the system's stylus and touch screen to draw a variety of objects in the game, including the main character. The one-off project did well enough that THQ decided to expand on the idea, revealing earlier this year that a Wii edition is in the works.

Now the publisher is mixing the Drawn to Life brand with one of its high-profile licensed properties, as THQ has announced Drawn to Life: SpongeBob Square Pants Edition for the DS. Players will once again draw their own characters and objects in the game, but this time, the adventure will see players crossing paths with the denizens of Bikini Bottom as they take on DoodleBob's rogue drawings.

THQ also revealed the rest of its Nickelodeon lineup for the year and revealed that the partnership with the cable television network has so far yielded sales of more than 50 million units and $1 billion. The lineup also includes a debut title based on The Naked Brothers Band, new installments of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons, all three of which will appear on the PlayStation 2, DS, and Wii. Rounding out the slate is Tak and the Guardians of Gross for the PS2 and Wii (with Tak Mojo Mistake arriving on the DS), and Back at the Barnyard: Slop Bucket Games (working title) for the DS.

All of the above games are set for a fall release.

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