Madden NFL 10 First Look

Madden 10 is coming to Wii with a brand new look and a family-friendly control scheme.

EA Sports continues to experiment with its sports lineup on the Nintendo Wii. From the family-friendly Freestyle label to the Wii-specific All-Play versions of last year's crop of EA Sports games like Madden NFL 09 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, it seems like the publisher has yet to hit its stride on the Wii. Things have been revamped again for Madden NFL 10, including a brand-new graphical treatment and an even more simplified control scheme.

Because previous versions of Madden on the Wii were essentially ports from the PlayStation 2 version of the game, the look was never impressive. While Madden 10 is no visual stunner, it definitely received different treatment than its predecessors did. It's not quite fair to call the graphics "cartoonish," but there is some exaggeration in the player models--from the rotund linemen, to the wedge-shouldered linebackers and running backs, to the skinny wideouts. Stadiums, too, have gotten a graphical treatment; they aren't exact replicas of your favorite teams' stadiums, but expect to see notable landmarks (such as the pirate ship in the Buccaneers' stadium) in there.

New controls in Madden 10 aim to make the game more approachable than ever before. While previous versions featured Wii Remote and Nunchuk-specific controls for certain on-field moves (like moving both controls up in order to catch a ball, or moving the controls forward to make a tackle), things have been simplified considerably. This year, all you need to do is waggle the Wii Remote, and your player will make the correct move. Swatting balls as a cornerback, making a tackle as a linebacker, and driving forward with a stiff arm as a running back can all be controlled with a simple waggle of the Wii Remote.

The graphics overhaul is probably the biggest difference from previous versions of Madden on the Wii.

A new passing control scheme will also be in Madden 10, one that looks to work pretty well for football novices. In the past, you'd choose your receiver by moving the D pad and then flicking the Wii Remote. This year, the system has moved to a more point-and-shoot-style scheme. After the snap, you'll move a cursor along the screen; to throw to a receiver you simply target the player you want to throw to and then press the A button.

For complete Madden newbs who might have trouble identifying open receivers, there's also a color-coded system that will identify with a receiver is open (by turning the icon and player green) or covered (by turning them red) when you pass over them with the cursor. Just because you're throwing to an open receiver doesn't mean it's an automatic completion--a bad throw or a good play by a defensive back might be able to break up the play. On defense you can use the cursor system to choose individual defenders and change up their assignments, such as sending in a middle linebacker on a blitz in what would otherwise be zone coverage. Of course, all of these new control setups on both sides of the ball are merely options, and EA told us that control layouts from previous games will also be in Madden 10.

This being a Wii game, the developers behind the game told us they are focusing on creating a variety of multiplayer modes that emphasize both competitive and cooperative play. They wouldn't go into much more detail than that--expect to hear more about the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo--but they did confirm that the five-on-five team play mode from previous years is returning, as well as the minigames that have been part of past Wii Madden games.

A simpler control scheme looks to make Madden 10 a family friendly football game.

Time will tell if this version of Madden will be the one that strikes the Wii audience. It bears mentioning that the original Madden for the Wii (Madden NFL 07) won GameSpot's award for sports game of the year, so there is a pedigree there for a fun and freewheeling football experience. Here's hoping this version of Madden lives up to its predecessors. Look for more on the game at E3.

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22 comments
holtrocks
holtrocks

you know you can go to kid friendly that looks like a madden for 5 year olds

davthebest1
davthebest1

Trying to get into a new market is always a huge risk, hopefully for those of us who want a proper football game they will revert next year to the better scheme.

CapedCod
CapedCod

I'm actually a little impressed. I would prefer if it weren't cartoonish (ZOMG Wii game! Make it look like a cartoon!) but it still looks really smooth, and they look more like people than the Ghostbusters screen shots out there. Def a step forward for the system.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

Well, this looks all right. I kind of wanted to play '07, but if this ends up being received better, I might just skip '07 for '10.

sabrenational
sabrenational

this looks horrible. the video shows a cartoon trail the follows the ball through the air. leave this crap to the Backyard Football franchise. Madden 07 for Wii is the best football game ive played on any console. Taking the series in this direction is embarrassing for Wii owners. Ive never felt the desire to play football with my mom so EA should stop pushin that idea and get serious.

07pops07
07pops07

wtf gamespot using the ir is not a more family friendly its harder then picking with the d-pad. why does game spot feel the need to fuel the family friendly shadow that haunts the wii, you are just baiting the ps3 and 360 fanboys to this article

wolverine08
wolverine08

I kinda like the graphics. They're not that ridiculous, but they clearly make the game look better than the ps2 version. I just hope the controls are that "simple"

favre4thewin
favre4thewin

@dzimm: I've played multiple versions of Madden and the lone NCAA. Unless they return the 07 control scheme its a waste. There is a difference between the games.

favre4thewin
favre4thewin

@Eazy1891: The problem with that is I have two systems then. I bought a Wii because of the motion controls. If I had a PS3 I would complain that the Tiger controls suck. Its not much to ask for a game similar in control to Madden 07. The controls weren't even that hard. The greatest benefit the Wii has is its ability to play sports titles, but the publishers don't see it that way. Is it so much to ask for decent controls and revisions to the game that are more than a roster update. If you have played Madden 07, you'd probably noticed that there was nothing wrong with the controls. At last, EA feels a need to market madden to people who don't know/care what football is. How do we get the grandma's at the nursing home playing it; what about the pre-schoolers! I say make a different game then and publish two games. I thought that is what that backyard football game is. There is no reason why Madden and NCAA games on the original Xbox are better than they are on the Wii.

jayd02
jayd02

ok this will probably suck but first just hear me out. If you have ever played madden 07 for the Wii, it was hard, but still fun. The controls were very hard to get used to but it made the game that much more intense. I got madden 08 and never played it because the controls were made for a 3 year old and it sucked. I am a soccer player and even I know that football is not a family friendly sport. they even say that madden 07 got sports game of the year so plz check it out if you can

dzimm
dzimm

Go away, Playstation fanboy.

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

favre4thewin: all i can say is if you dont like it get a 360, PS2 or 3...that way it'll be much better...madden on the wii and psp is terrible....and im not talking graphics either

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

good god that looks crappy....

dzimm
dzimm

favre4thewin: Read the article instead of just watching the video. 5th paragraph down: "Of course, all of these new control setups on both sides of the ball are merely options, and EA told us that control layouts from previous games will also be in Madden 10." It's like last year's All-Play set-up that you only used if you wanted to. The thing I wonder is if the changes are going to be substantial enough to warrant a purchase from those of us who own 09.

favre4thewin
favre4thewin

I could care less about the graphics, my problem is the "Even Simpler" control scheme. Not everyone who plays your game is a 2 year old. Maybe for Madden 11 they can make is so pressing A has the computer pick your play, then you press the snap button and the computer runs it. Then the computer does all the offseason work for you. So basically you sit their and watch the game play itself. What a joke. Why does EA assume, everyone how owns a Wii is a 7 year old or knows nothing about football?

Tri-Enforcer
Tri-Enforcer

@sprmanshaw Dude! What are you talking about? Madden Wii 09 is clearly the best of the Wii Maddens. Madden 08's online was so laggy and full of drops--it just was not playable! Madden Wii 09's online was a major improvement in terms of performance as I hardly exerienced drops and lags. I just don't know what to make of Madden Wii 10. I may skip Madden on Wii this year and stick with 360 version. Special thanks to EA's Wii approach for making the decision easy for me! Now I won't have to spend money for two Maddens...I'll just pick up the 360 version only!

buckincrazy
buckincrazy

Its nice to see something new from EA, Madden seemed so stale on the 360/ps3 as of late.

sprmanshaw
sprmanshaw

they need to stop trying to make madden a kiddie game. Personally i think madden 08 for the wii was better than these last two. They need to stop all this family play stuff and just make a desent football game. they should have all play as an option not the whole game

MrG31
MrG31

The Wii's graphics will always look bad compared to the 360 or PS3. So, they're just trying to make a clear separation between the Wii version and the others by giving the Wii version its own graphical treatment.

dortega120
dortega120

This version of Madden is definitely gonna go with my PS3. I want a real football simulation, not no family-friendly crap!!!

WllDan7
WllDan7

This game looks bad. I play and buy madden rarely, but when I do I want it to look like madden. I am not getting this version. Hopefully this bombs at retail and they go back to the old way because casual gamers still don't like football and changing it up for them is going to be one of EA biggest mistakes.