Backyard Football(R) '09 Kicks Off to North American Retailers
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- #1 Kids Football Videogame Releases With All-New Features - NEW YORK, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Touchdown! Atari, Inc. announced today the release of Backyard Football '09, the newest installment of the best-selling youth football videogame franchise of all time, for Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Playstation(R)2 computer entertainment system and PC. Featuring an all-new Pro Bowl and tournament modes, Backyard Football '09 is the only kid's videogame licensed by the National Football League (NFL) and NFL PLAYERS and includes an updated roster of superstars from all 32 NFL teams as kids. With all the excitement of real football, Backyard Football '09 returns with hard-hitting 7 on 7 action along with awesome new play modes including the Pro-Bowl and tournament modes which allow gamers to play a whole season with complete stats and standings. Multiple levels, unlockables, power-ups and a Backyard Hall of Fame where kids can compare their season scores and stats online add to the seemingly limitless gameplay. Team up with a neighborhood full of crazy Backyard Kids and face-off with superstar NFL pros as kids including Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brian Urlacher, Eli Manning Reggie Bush, Frank Gore and many more in this feature-packed game. Consistently ranked the #1 kids' football videogame, Backyard Football '09 combines realistic NFL plays and strategies with wild arcade-style power moves and comical scenarios so kids can learn the fundamentals of football while having fun. The game lets players customize their football players and teams, choose the season, style, location, pace, and strategy of the game and play a full season or single games. Kid-friendly and non-violent, Backyard Football '09 features multiple levels so it is easy enough for beginners, yet challenging enough for even die-hard young football fans. Backyard Football '09 is rated E for Everyone and is available in retailers across North America for Wii(TM) ($39.99), Nintendo DS(TM) ($29.99), PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system ($19.99), and PC ($19.99). Backyard Football is part of the Backyard Sports series, the only game brand licensed by ALL professional US sports leagues: National Football League (NFL), PLAYERS INC, Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Players Association, National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, and National Hockey League. Since 1996, the franchise has sold nearly 15 million units and has received over a hundred awards. What's more, according to an independent study, 15 percent of boys in the United States ages five to 10 own at least one Backyard Sports game. About Humongous, Inc. Humongous, Inc. produces the award-winning Backyard Sports videogames series--the best selling sports gaming franchise for kids. Founded in 1992, Humongous (formerly Humongous Entertainment) is part of Atari, Inc. Along with Backyard Sports, Humongous is recognized for high-quality, animated CD-ROMs starring original characters. For more information: www.backyardsports.com About Atari, Inc. One of the world's most recognized brands, New York-based Atari, Inc. is a third-party publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining franchises such as Test Drive(R) and mass-market and children's franchises such as Dragon Ball Z(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com. 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