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Popular Kids' Basketball Video Game Features Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce and other NBA Superstars as Kids

New York - September 25, 2007 - Humongous Inc., announced today that Backyard Basketball for the Nintendo DS™ is now available at retail outlets nationwide. A full-court basketball simulation with arcade action, Backyard Basketball features spectacular new graphics, interactive backgrounds, and realistic gameplay with season mode, stats, minigames, and unlockables.

The best selling kids' basketball videogame of all time, Backyard Basketball is the only official youth basketball game licensed by the NBA. The game includes all NBA teams, uniforms, and logos as well as a roster of animated kid versions of current NBA stars including Backyard Basketball cover athlete and five-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics.

"Being on the cover of Backyard Basketball is an important highlight in my career. I spend a lot of time working with kids, so I know how popular and fun the game is and how it can help kids better understand the rules and strategies of basketball," says Pierce. "I really like that Backyard Basketball is based on solid gameplay like the most sophisticated adult games, but is designed for kids, so it's funny and simple enough to jump in and play right away."

Backyard Basketball combines fun and fantasy with realistic NBA plays and strategies that are appropriate for kids.

Game features include:
  • Current NBA pros as kids including - Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, Indiana Pacer's Jermaine O'Neal and the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki.
  • New graphics, arenas, and environments
  • New gameplay, minigames, power-ups, and surprises
  • Authentic action with lower hoops, unique strategy options, and hilarious animations
  • Multiple difficulty levels
  • Full court simulation basketball with arcade elements
  • Season play, single game, and mini game modes
  • Custom team, players, fields, uniforms, and logos
  • Multi-player mode with handicap capabilities

Rated "E" (for Everyone) by ESRB, Backyard Basketball DS has an MSRP of $29.99.

Backyard Basketball is part of the Backyard Sports series, the best selling sports video gaming brand for kids and the only game brand licensed by nearly all professional US sports leagues including: National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Players Association, National Football League, NFL PLAYERS INC, and Major League Soccer. Since 1996, the franchise has sold over ten 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 ten own at least one Backyard Sports game.

About Humongous Inc.
Humongous, Inc. publishes the award-winning Backyard Sports video games series-the best selling sports gaming franchise for kids. Founded in 1992, Humongous (formerly Humongous Entertainment) is owned by France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA, the largest video games publisher in Europe, and parent company to Atari. Along with Backyard Sports, Humongous is recognized for high-quality, animated CD-ROMs starring original characters. For more information: www.backyardsports.com.

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# 1 The GIGGAS @ 09/25/07 10:33 PM

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