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Madden NFL Football at 3DS Launch is Part of EA's Gameplan

Posted by Trevor Chan

Gridiron action coming in first half of 2011

E3 2010 gave us a laundry list of third-party titles that are in development for the Nintendo 3DS and since then, we've been steadily learning more about them. We've not seen much of sports games yet but EA is changing all that.

The publisher has announced that its upcoming Madden NFL Football game will be getting its retail release in the first half of 2011 which should make the launch of the 3DS. Developed by EA North Carolina, the game will feature all 32 teams and their stadiums in the NFL, as well as 3D specific cameras to make the game's presentation more suited to the 3DS's effects.

Madden NFL Football will offer a comprehensive handheld experience with exciting modes, such as authentic 11-on-11 football, fast-paced 5-on-5 action and Season Mode. Additional features jump off the screen with 3D graphics, such as “Spotlight Moments” and “Call Your Shots”. Utilizing the remarkable power of the Nintendo 3DS Touch Screen, “Call Your Shots” allows users to draw their own plays, on-the-fly, directly on the screen.

With three types of play calling—GameFlow, Classic, and Arcade—Madden NFL Football provides an enjoyable experience for gamers of all skill levels. GameFlow automatically selects the best play for the situation based on real NFL team gameplans; streamlining play calling and shortening overall game length for a more accessible experience. Classic play call allows users to experience the full depth of selecting formations and individual plays, while Arcade play call simplifies options through a more concentrated playbook.

We'll bring you more information on this as we get it.

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User Comments (24)

BulbasaurusRex

#2

BulbasaurusRex said:

I'll wait for the 2012 edition, which in addition to EA having more experience with the 3DS, should have 2011 rosters with 2010 stats (to start with) so that my Rams will be at least a decent team in the game.

DrCruse

#3

DrCruse said:

The whole idea of sports games is stupid. Just go out and play the darn sport!

Junior117

#4

Junior117 said:

@3 I know for a fact that most people who play sports games acatually plays sports. They just prefer to do that.

pikku

#6

pikku said:

nice to see al the third party support the 3DS is getting even before launch.
I never liked sports games, so I'll definitely pass on this, but llooks good for fans of the genre.

Mr_Saturn

#7

Mr_Saturn said:

With the potential labor stoppage, I can't wait to play as my favorite scab player!

Spoony_Tech

#10

Spoony_Tech said:

Lets not forget in European countries American football is not that popular. That aside I haven't pick up a Madden game in almost a decade. This might be a good reason to start. Seriously am I the only one excited for this game. No wait I'm excite for all 3ds games.

y2josh

#11

y2josh said:

Do you people that want this game realize it only says "SEASON" mode. Dynasty mode is the reason I buy a football game or any sports game for that matter. I don't care if it's in 3D or not, looks like a wii game sent over to the 3DS to test the waters.

pixelman

#12

pixelman said:

@3: I'm an avid tennis player, both in real life and in the video game world. I can attest to the awesomeness of both, lol.

That said, I've never really been a fan of football games so I'll probably end up passing on this. Also, aren't those screenshots of the Wii version?

LuWiiGi

#13

LuWiiGi said:

EA, stop littering the 3DS with sports games and shovelware and make some real games!

BulbasaurusRex

#18

BulbasaurusRex said:

@11 Season mode is fine with me. How much time do you expect me to spend with a single handheld football game? If necessary, I can always play a new season, and I won't have to worry about all the extensive team management that's required in a franchise mode.

Besides, if I want to go back to franchise mode, I can just play my Madden NFL Wii game where I can play on a TV screen. Football on a handheld like the 3DS is more of a basic pick-up-and-play experience in my opinion, while the console versions are much better for when you want to get completely serious with it.

LuWiiGi

#20

LuWiiGi said:

@Trev I have nothing against sports games (I'm a big FIFA fan, actually) but do we really need a new version every year? I just wish EA would try to push the games industry forward is all. Instead all we get is this and My Garden. :P

MeloMan

#21

MeloMan said:

I wish EA would come up with a solution to like, buy one of the EA Sports games (we'll say buy it for 2011 for sake of argument) and starting from 2012 and forward, just have DLC for at least 2, maybe 3 years, that updates rosters, adds/deletes characters, etc. at a much cheaper costs so folks don't have to plop down 50-60 EVERY year for the same game with "slight" enhancements. This is the reason I can't buy an EA sports game every year, but to each their own, and boo on EA for milking people.

gatygun

#24

gatygun said:

madden is a huge selling product in america. Nintendo tends to focus more on USA and Japanees players then europe ones..

Throwing out madden in europe = like trowing out soccer in usa. No point lol.

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