EA has confirmed that its best-selling Madden NFL franchise will be skipping the DS for the 2010 edition.
Rumours started to circulate when EA revealed the cover artwork for Madden NFL 10 and the DS version was missing, but EA Sports' Senior PR Manager Rob Semsey has confirmed what DS-owning American Football fans had feared:
We set extremely high standards for quality at EA SPORTS and we are constantly striving to deliver the best sports experiences to our consumers. To ensure that we maintain the highest level of quality possible, we are currently evaluating our approach to the Madden NFL franchise on the DS. As such, we will not be releasing Madden NFL 10 on the DS platform. That said, we are excited to announce that Madden NFL 10 for the Wii has been completely redesigned and built from the ground up at our Tiburon studio in Orlando, Florida.
The last few versions of Madden NFL on the DS weren't terrible, but EA should be commended for holding back on the yearly update if it thinks the end product won't be up to scratch. The Wii version - which is going ahead as planned - is shaping up nicely.