Developers at EA Tiburon have stated that they are doing their best to take advantage of the Wii U's unique capabilities in ways that they hope will be the best for both casual and more experienced gamers, and hopefully will make users feel that they are not missing out too much on features that are present in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Madden NFL 13 .
Naturally enough, the majority of the design is based around the GamePad. Players will be able to see basic formations, specific sets, and the available plays to choose from at the same time. If you wanted to change from single-back to shotgun, all you have to do is press "shotgun"; eliminating the need to tap a button repeatedly.
On offense, the touchscreen can be used to redraw the play entirely with your fingertips, which enables you to read the defense and send your receivers into gaps in the coverage; just like a true quarterback.
EA Tiburon's lead designer of the title, Yuri Bialoskursky, explained that those who were used to using touchscreen technology such as smartphones would have no problem adjusting to Madden NFL 13 for Wii U.
One mode that could not be done on any other console is Detached Mode. This mode allows players to play the complete game on the GamePad while the TV is being used. Gamers can expect the same experience on the touchscreen controller as they would on the TV.
However, a mode which can't be found on the Wii U version is Madden Ultimate Team, which allows players to build teams using digital trading cards online. On the topic of the missing feature, Bialoskursky said:
It's another [feature] that we plan to add in as we go.
This other feature he talks about is Online Team Play, which allows for three-on-three co-op games. Instead, the Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 allows for up to five local players to enjoy a game together.
The game is almost done, and is currently undergoing Nintendo's certification process. A release date hasn't been confirmed just yet, but it's looking likely that it will be available early in 2013. Are you still hurting over the missing features, or will the promise of Wii U exclusive elements satisfy your gridiron needs? Tell us in the comments section below.