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THQ Announces WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008

by Shawn White (2007-03-29)

Publisher THQ announced that WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 will release on Wii this fall.

"We are extremely pleased with the success of the SmackDown vs. Raw franchise and its continued growth to a widespread audience, particularly in our European markets," said Bob Aniello, THQ's senior vice president of worldwide marketing. "With the addition of fresh, innovative game play on the Wii...gamers can now truly live the life of a WWE Superstar and choose from numerous ways to play."

Smackdown vs. Raw 2008 will feature a new roster (complete with ECW arenas, weapons and superstars), as well as more environmental hotspots, overhauled animations, and a combined Season and General Manager mode. Additionally, THQ is planning to incorporate eight "Superstar Fighting Styles" and a new "Struggle Submission System," which gives players analog grappling control and the ability to adjust how much pressure their holds have.

The Smackdown vs. Raw series has not previously appeared on a Nintendo console. THQ instead released a different wrestling series, WWE Day of Reckoning, exclusively for Nintendo GameCube.

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