Madden 25 Anniversary Edition Amazon's best-selling preorder sports game ever

Retailer reveals its own $100 bundle that packs in NFL Sunday Ticket is company's top-selling preorder for a sports game ever.

The $100 Madden NFL 25th Anniversary Edition--which includes a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket--is Amazon's best-selling preorder sports game in the retailer's history, the company announced today.

Amazon did not provide specific preorder figures for the bundle, but said it would take more than two football teams to bench press every Anniversary Edition of Madden NFL 25 preorder so far.

On top of that, Amazon said in the time it would take for every gamer who preordered the Anniversary Edition to watch each game offered through NFL Sunday Ticket this year, cover star Barry Sanders could run the length of 15 billion football fields.

Amazon also revealed the results of its "Madden Heat Index," a measurement of the the United States cities placing the most preorders for the Anniversary Edition. New York took the top spot, followed by Chicago, Seattle, Houston, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

The Madden NFL 25th Anniversary Edition is sold only through Amazon. A DirectTV subscription is not required to access the NFL Sunday Ticket offer, as it can be accessed through computer, tablet, and mobile devices.

Madden NFL 25 launches tomorrow for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Versions for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are also in development.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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108 comments
Mommas_b_o_y
Mommas_b_o_y

Thjis year's version is the worst in a long time. it's like playing in slow motion. plus, when the niner's running back breaks 7 tackles SEVEN; you know something is seriously wrong.

betheltony
betheltony

For those of you that dropped the bucks on the anniversary edition and scored yourselves the NFL sunday ticket.  You can trade the game in at Best Buy for a guaranteed $45 through October 9th.  So, you're essentially picking up NFL Sunday ticket for $55. 
Also, you can go to Newegg on Ebay to pick up this game for $45 today only, http://www.ebay.com/itm/380706504735?customid=-V8sKA9oEeO-Gur7UEsVTA9G04_EXvg3_IoO_0_0&pub=5574652453&afepn=5335869999&campid=5335869999&afepn=5335869999.  Pick up the game for $45, and then trade it in to Best Buy for that previously mentioned $45.  It's like having a month long rental for free.  (Consider also the fact that your $45 is in Best Buy trade in money)

tightwad34
tightwad34

Amazon's best selling preorder sports game ever. Wow, if that's not a stretch to get news I don't know what is. Nice article as usual, Eddie.

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

I bought this because it was too good a deal not to!  Besides, this version of Madden is now running on a new engine I believe.  Still wish I was picking up a new NFL2K though....

spammehardo
spammehardo

This game is hilariously glitchy. Camera men standing inside one another on the side lines. Defenders sticking their arms straight through my receivers chest when trying to block a pass. I have seen my linebackers fold into pretzels because of the physics system. This type of crap is constant and not rare occurrences. This game could pass as a joke really.

Thesuperstar2k
Thesuperstar2k

What a bunch of liars. Same people that they will love this shit.

o016945
o016945

See, EA really changed the name to "Madden 25" to let us know that this will be the same game we are playing in 2024.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, and if GTA5 was supposed to stop the next gen you may want to tell consumers.

Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson

Even NFL 2K1 back on the Sega Dreamcast is better than all these Madden games combined.

Revl8n
Revl8n

It would be nice if the lemmings that buy this crap wold read the reviews first. Its not good. Maybe a well deserved failure would force EA to put out a good game for a change.

deth420
deth420

Quit buying these lousy games! supporting these savages only keeps them around!

betheltony
betheltony

Considering NFL sunday ticket retails $300-ish through your satellite/cable provider, a great deal is to be had......period.  I wonder if this is the first wave of promotions offered through the new NFL/Xbox partnership.

Angelo
Angelo

The ultimate rehash right here folks.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

Step-son gets the game, I get the Sunday Ticket.  Winning. 

Superzone
Superzone

I played the demo, and it was really fun.  I haven't bought a Madden game in about 8 years, so I'm considering getting it.

.......... but I'll probably just keep waiting for NFL 2K to come back.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

"The beautiful sheeple, the beautiful sheeple!"

Leon Silavant
Leon Silavant

"best-selling preorder sports game in the retailer's history" so they sold about 5?

Jeff Prowler
Jeff Prowler

I really wish EA would've have gotten the WWE license... Then ASMIK/AKI engine could return.

James Smith
James Smith

That's true the WWE Games never change that much either.

Jeff Prowler
Jeff Prowler

Well madden sucks. And so do people who play sports games... There's never any real "change" to the games..

Triton
Triton

I usually buy a Madden game every 4-5 years, and its getting to be that time, or wait a year.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Nfl 2k5 is still light years better

DrKill09
DrKill09

I really liked the commercial with them playing the original Madden on the Genesis.  Great times! 

daabulls23
daabulls23

Can I watch NFL Sunday Ticket on my PS3 by purchasing the Anniversary Edition?
No, this only provides access to NFL Sunday Ticket on computer, tablet, and mobile devices.

Would have bought it if the answer was "Yes."

SmallSatsuma
SmallSatsuma

Every year Madden is the same shit game with a few minor tweaks and every year websites like Gamespot give it a good review.


Fuck Madden.

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

Buyer beware:

"For fans who are not currently DirecTV subscribers but are able to receive DirecTV service, they will receive a promo code entitling them to $10 off per month for their first year of service and one year of NFL Sunday Ticket Max at no additional charge."

This appears to say that if THEY (DirectTV)  determine that you CAN receive DirecTV you will only get $10 off of Sunday Ticket and the increased "package" of Sunday Ticket Max at no charge. 

Sunday Ticket is like $200, yo.


I'm sure this is gonna piss a two football teams of people off...

quiksilvers123
quiksilvers123

MAdden is a fun game. Whether the haters admit it or not. I'm getting it for Xbox One.

Love football.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@spammehardo But will they fix it? Will they stop making these games? Will people stop buying them because of this? NFL = Not Fucking Likely. That's a shame.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@RussellGorall "What, they can't act like that! That goes against my predictions!" Oddly enough, that's how many actually think. If you predict something and it doesn't come true, they're all like "People, you're doing it wrong".

Superzone
Superzone

@deth420 Unfortunately these are the only football games around though.  It's hard to blame people when they have no other choice if they want to play some virtual football.

We just need to keep our fingers crossed for NFL 2K to come back.  Not only will that give everyone a second option for football, but it will also give EA competition and force them to make bigger upgrades to their football games.  Everybody wins.  That's why the best Madden games were 2000-2005, because they had competition back then.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@GSGuy321 It's all about the size of your steeple. Don't know if those are the exact words, but you know what I mean.

R-tofen
R-tofen

@GSGuy321 You are like a Steelers fan, always living in the past.

greene1081
greene1081

@SmallSatsuma its obvious you dont play it, about every 2-4 years they make really big changes.  guess what.... it is football.....  they arent going to change the game of football to change a video game.  considering it has stayed on top for so long, i would say it does pretty good.  i would of course prefer some competition, but until there is some, i would put madden up there with every other sports game.  going by your logic, NBA 2k and FIFA soccer and NHL and MLB the show all suck also, simply because they all stay true to the sport and stay simulations.

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

@Arther-la-Blunt I think what it is saying is that if you do not have Direct TV and are able to get it, you will receive $10 off of a Direct TV satellite package. In addition, the Sunday Ticket will be included at no additional charge. 

So pretty much if you decided to get a Direct TV package for let's say...60 bucks a month...it would be 50 bucks and you would get Sunday Ticket.

smelly_boob
smelly_boob

@Arther-la-Blunt this offer has been discussed ad nasuem on the interwebs.... you dont need DTV to get this offer.... google it if you are still concerned

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

I guess I should point out that the fine print also says

"For fans unable to receive DirecTV service, each Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition will include a unique code to access the 2013 regular season (17 weeks) of NFL Sunday Ticket on computers, tablets, and mobile devices- including access to the award-winning Red Zone Channel."

So the question is: Who can and cannot receive DirectTV service. Who determines it?

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

@quiksilvers123  

so do i.  can't wait for the dawgs and hawks to get it started, but, if i want a madden game, i'll research a bit and go buy one of the previous games that had the best gameplay.

absolutely no reason to buy the upcoming game.

the only people i'll give a pass are those who have never bought a madden game.

 

telaros
telaros

@Superzone I can see College Football now coming back to 2K, but I think EA managed to renew their NFL contract... which means no, we won't see innovation and fun gameplay.

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

This is just confusing now. I need some clarification!

greene1081
greene1081

@udubdawgz @quiksilvers123 or, i dont know, the ones wanting to play with current players.... maybe they should get a "pass".  thanks quiksilvers, but i dont need your "pass" to enjoy my game.  everyones different, and no one should be ridiculed for what they like.  get over yourself.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Vidpci @R-tofen  I was going to be like WTF also, but Tom Brady isn't overrated. I don't like him, but he's good to go.