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Backyard Baseball 2009 Hits a Homerun at Retail

June 10, 2008

BACKYARD BASEBALL 2009 HITS A HOME RUN AT RETAIL

#1 Kids' Baseball Video Game Series Now Available on New Platforms

Humongous Inc., announced today that Backyard Baseball 2009 for the Wii™, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC is now available at retail outlets nationwide. (A Nintendo DS™ version hit store shelves in March.) The seventh iteration of the best selling youth baseball video game, Backyard Baseball 2009 introduces a full line up of new features including a current player from every MLB team.

The only kids' video game series to hold the Major League Baseball® (MLB®) and Major League Baseball Player's Association (MLBPA) licenses, Backyard Baseball 2009 combines real baseball strategies with wild power ups and arcade action to entertain and excite baseball's next generation of fans.

"Backyard Baseball 2009 marks our tenth year partnering with this exceptional franchise," says Colin Hagen, VP Hard Goods Licensing for Major League Baseball. "It is a fun yet authentic baseball experience for kids and families who may not be ready for the complexity of the more sophisticated sports games."

Known for featuring pro athletes as animated kids, Backyard Baseball 2009 has expanded its roster to include at least one ballplayer from each of the 30 Major League™ ball clubs, including Ichiro, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr., and cover athlete David "Big Papi" Ortiz. Other new features include Tournament, MLB All Star, and auto-play play modes along with enhanced player options.

Backyard Baseball 2009 includes all current MLB teams and uniforms along with a variety of Backyard Sports players and teams. The game offers single pick-up games or season play (with all the stats), a Home Run Derby® mini-game, and varying levels of difficulty to make it appropriate for kids of different ages and skill levels. In addition, the game's kid-friendly, non-violent format makes it especially popular with parents.

Backyard Baseball 2009 is Rated "E" (everyone) by the ESRB and available for an MSRP of $29.99 for the Nintendo DS™, $39.99 for Wii, $29.99 for and PlayStation®2 system and $19.99 for Windows PC.

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