Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers Now Available

A New Evolution in Backyard Sports Releases on Xbox 360, Wii, DS and Windows PC Download

May 25, 2010, 09:00 ET from Atari, Inc.

NEW YORK, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Atari, Inc. one of the world's most recognized videogame publishers, announces the release of the all-new Backyard Sports™: Sandlot Sluggers videogame for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Windows PC Download.  A new release from the best selling kids' sports videogame series, Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers takes the franchise and category to a whole new level, as players join their favorite neighborhood friends and play ball in fun and exciting arcade-style sports action.  Sandlot Sluggers, developed by HB Studios, is a completely new take on a longtime favorite franchise with all-new features, updated graphics, enhanced gameplay, and extensive options that will keep players and gamers alike enthusiastically entertained.  

"Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers is a stunning evolution for the number one kids sports videogame brand and boasts a wide variety of fun, new features while keeping true to the classic rules of the sport," says Jim Wilson, President and CEO of Atari, Inc. "With fun comedic scenarios, cool and imaginative power-ups, mini-games, your favorite characters and the all new story-mode, we are confident new and old fans alike will see that the Backyard Sports franchise has truly hit a home run with Sandlot Sluggers."

Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers offers hours of baseball fun and adds entertainment with laugh out loud comedic commentary and exaggerated animations for a one-of-a-kind gaming experience. The game is packed with loads of surprises to keep kids coming back for more and stars a neighborhood full of fun and diverse kids – both fan favorite characters and new friends.  Additionally, Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers is feature-rich with multiplayer tournaments, mini-games, eight different interactive fields, season mode, family mode, quick play and an all new story mode setting, never seen before in a kids sports game.  Super charged power-ups and stunning visuals making gameplay result in an irresistible game for kids.    

Allowing kids to follow traditional baseball rules, Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers is an intuitive game with kid-appropriate content that combines realism with fantasy while being wholesome and non-violent. Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers is available for Xbox 360 ($29.99), Wii ($29.99),  Nintendo DS ($29.99), and Windows PC Download ($29.99).

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Headquartered in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, HB Studios Multimedia Limited specializes in sports video games for home console, handheld, and PC systems.  Established in 2000, HB Studios has shipped 23 titles with over 150 different SKU's including THQ's Big Beach Sports, EA Sports Rugby, EA Sports Cricket and Konami's Rock Revolution as well as versions of EA Sports' FIFA, NBA Live, NHL, FIFA Street, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and Madden NFL.  To date HB's global sales have reached over 11.7 million units.

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