08:55 PM - October 2, 2007 by Steve_OS
#1 Youth Hockey Video Game Franchise Features Norris Trophy Winner Nicklas Lidstrom and Other NHL Superstars as Kids
New York - October 2, 2007 - Humongous Inc., today announced that Backyard Hockey for the Nintendo DS™ is now available at retail outlets throughout the US and Canada. Now in its fourth iteration, Backyard Hockey features all new graphics and environments, authentic gameplay, and innovative controls, giving kids a more fun and realistic hockey experience. Backyard Hockey lets kids pick their team, call the plays, and direct all the on-ice action. And with the intuitive dual screen controls of the Nintendo DS, kids have a choice of maneuvering players using the touch screen or control pad.
The only youth game to hold the NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) licenses, Backyard Hockey includes all 30 NHL Clubs, with uniforms and logos as well as a roster of animated kid versions of current NHL stars including Andrew Raycroft of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers, as well as 2007 Norris Trophy winner, Detroit Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom, who appears in the game and as the cover athlete.
"When it comes to kids' video games, Backyard Hockey is one of the best. I have four sons who are all big fans of the game so I am very familiar with its quality and fun," said Lidstrom. "Backyard Hockey is funny and a bit crazy, but the thing I really like about the game is that it is also realistic so kids actually learn the fundamentals of hockey as they play."
Backyard Hockey is currently the best selling hockey video game franchise exclusively for kids. The game includes multiple levels and features comical scenarios in a kid-friendly, non-violent format.
- Game features include:
- NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association licenses
- All current 30 NHL Teams, Uniforms, & Logos
- Updated roster of NHL athletes as kids-Lidstrom, Crosby, Modano, Thornton, Sakic, Jagr, and more
- New NHL plays and strategies
- Season play and single pick up game modes
- 10 New rinks and environments
- New intuitive touch-screen controls
- New wireless DS multi-card play
- Three levels of difficulty
- New power ups, mini games, & surprises
Rated "E" (for Everyone) by ESRB, Backyard Hockey has an MSRP of $29.99 for the Nintendo DS.
Backyard Hockey 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: National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Players Association, National Football League, NFL PLAYERS INC, National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer. Since 1996 the franchise has sold more than 10 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