Madden NFL 13 sells 1.65M in first week

EA Sports' football sim sales figures up 8 percent year-over-year; new iteration off to best start in HD era; 24 million matches played online in first seven days.

Madden NFL 13 continues to break sales records. EA Sports announced today that its professional football simulator sold 1.65 million units across the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 during its first seven days (August 28-September 3) on the market. Sales figures for the Wii and PlayStation Vita versions were not disclosed.

Madden NFL 13 is off to a hot start.

According to EA internal estimates, Madden NFL 13's first-week sales are up 8 percent year-over-year, representing the franchise's best start on current-generation platforms. Last week, EA trumpeted the game's day-one sales of 900,000, calling it the biggest launch day for Madden NFL this console generation.

Not only were gamers eager to purchase Madden NFL 13, but they also participated in a record number of games. EA said in the first week following the game's launch, the total number of online games played surged 31 percent year-over-year to more than 24 million matches.

EA said gamers were especially interested in playing Madden NFL 13 on Labor Day, with an average of 3,000 games started every minute during this week's United States holiday. Additionally, EA said daily average user rates for Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Madden NFL 13 increased 14 percent on the year, "shattering" previous records.

Madden may maintain its momentum for months. In a statement, GameStop senior vice president of merchandising Bob McKenzie said he expects Madden NFL 13's "consumer momentum" to continue into the fall and holiday season.

GameSpot's review of Madden NFL 13 found it to be a competent yearly update, with old issues returning and little significant innovation over last year's iteration.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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EntropyWins
EntropyWins

When you say "continues to break sales records", it leads me to think they broke some big record besides their own madden sales record. That is like me saying I broke a record in egg eating because I ate 4 eggs today and only ever ate 3 before.

csward
csward

You see, when you delay the release of a game buy 3 weeks, you have pent up demand. I would be surprised if the yearly sales beat 2012 by 5%, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

csward
csward

Hey EA, can I have my fantasy draft feature back?

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

not  football. american football. i always wonder why you americans call ours soccer and your football. lol soccer is football 

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

madden generally sells about 4 million across the ps3/360

it sells but not that amazing..

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

It appears as though at least 1.65 million sheep were listening to ESPN radio last week.

 

Most I've heard form Lawrence Taylor and Barry Sanders in YEARS.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

of course theyll sell that much, its the ONLY football game on the market. dur.

buying1999
buying1999

WOW that's moving a lot of product!!!  EA sure knows how to make money don't they? Oh the BEST console release is defiantly on the SUPERIO Xbox 360.

 

The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made. --John Carmack

JMcN76
JMcN76

I just don't get it.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

And next year this game will be re-released as Madden '14 with a different player on the cover, while two dozen copies of Madden '13 sit on Gamestop's shelves at $5.99 each.

hunter8man
hunter8man

That's to be expected when its the only NFL game out there. Lack of competition gives EA no real reason to go all out on improving Madden anymore. However, this one is slightly better than the last two years. Thank goodness for Gamefly.

MinerAvatar
MinerAvatar

I have played Madden 13 for one full season now in CC and can say, the new engine and passing game are very different this year. Sure the on field game play uses the same buttons but I can tell how different it is compared to Madden 11. I do not buy Madden every year like some people and so I have played 30 seasons of Madden 11 and without any doubt in my mind, this years on the field play is very different from 11. Everyone says Madden 12 was just like 11 so I am not sure why this web site is saying there is no improvement, for the first time in several years, they did improve the game play on the field. No it is not perfect, but it is a new engine and will be patched soon. But to say it is the same, no way, it is very different.

 

I will say the do need to patch it so that you can play offline Connected Careers more like you could with the old franchise mode. It is just unacceptable to not be able to play offline with your friends or family on one local console. The fact you can not even use (offline) custom rosters, or even your own playbook, makes me wonder why they even let you create one at all. You can be a coach, but cant use your own playbook even offline, so why include the ability to create one at all if it can only be used in the play now option. Same with custom rosters, want to play as Matt Staford on the 49ers, sorry can only do that in play now. The one thing I enjoyed the most about Madden was creating myself and placing myself on my favorite team that I would control as coach/GM, can not do that now. You can not have a created player and be the coach. As a player you can only control yourself and have no say in the off season, depth chart, draft, free agents, or even if they resign your favorite WR if your a QB. Try to switch to coach in the off season and your guy is forced to retire and is off of your roster forever.

 

Unless they patch this this year, skip this version of Madden. You will get bored very quickly as a player, and since your very limited on what can even do as a coach for trades and everything, your stuck with your default roster. That may not sound like a big deal, but try playing online in a full league, seems more people want the top 10 teams only now, good luck finding someone willing to play as the Jaguars over the Patriots for example.

 

I will say if they patch that issue of not being allowed any customization for offline play and add local co op for offline, this would be the greatest Madden of all time. As it is now, it plays great on the field, but without customization, it is kind of boring and your left wanting what you had before (OLD FRANCHISE MODE). If your a back up player, be ready for a snooze fest trying to earn the top roster spot with nothing but practice to try and catch the starter that plays in the games, it may take you until either the starter gets hurt, retires, or gets released. Practice is BORING I want to play in the games! If you create a player they should get to start since you will not allow us to cut anyone and won't even let us do a fantasy draft or something like that.

 

Patch = recommended as a must buy, maybe best Football game ever made.

NO Patch = avoid unless you want a sports RPG with no customization at all.

 

Here is a link to the poll asking to patch this game and add back these basic missing features needed for longevity and replayability.

 

http://www.easports.com/gamechangers/ideas

Pi
Pi

I wouldn't mind paying for updated rosters - if only they would fix the issues plaguing the PS3/360 versions of Madden since the first next-gen release.  Fix the issues and beef up the franchise mode to what it was back on the PS2.  Then I have no problem paying for roster updates to a GOOD game.  But instead they add ridiculous features (like the passing cones), then remove them the very next year and add more ridiculous garbage - never bothering to fix the IMPORTANT issues or improve the actual gameplay.  I haven't bought Madden in years and won't until it reaches the level of quality found on the PS2 releases.  That shouldn't be too much to ask.  Do that and I'll happily shell out my money for a GOOD game with updated rosters........

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I'm enjoying Madden13 a whole lot, although I really hope they have some patches upcoming to fix those crazy bugs with the physics engine. I can't even run into my own player without my running back falling down, or folding over like a lawn chair. I also find it odd that you can't even jump over a fallen teammate . I'm using a power back like Gore, but yet I fall to the ground for a several yd loss when I run over a downed lineman!? You would think he could just step over him, or at least stumble, but not fall completely down. This has happened on numerous occassions . That and all the odd tumbling over each other after the play is over. I commend EA for trying to build a engine from the ground up, I just wish it was refined more. Hopefully DLC updates will fix it.

suplax
suplax

It's hard for people to make a point when everyone is so undecided.

Some days ago everyone was complaining about EA apologizing about their conduct in this generation and promissing to be better on next gen.

And then this.... NFL13 gets an astonishing number of copies sold.

jrapley
jrapley

It's not fair to say that Madden is a rehash every year. Especially if you aren't a devoted Madden player. Tekken feels like the same game to me, but that's only because I don't understand the subtleties that can change the way it's played. That being said, This was the most excited I had been in a long time for Madden(I even preordered it this year). The gameplay and presentation are huge leaps above anything they've released, but they took away customization in Franchise(Connected Careers). No Co-op, created players, edited rosters(not even changing numbers or positions). These are deal breakers and are unacceptable. If anyone else feels the same way go to the EA forums, post and comment and so them how unacceptable this is. I'm returning this crap, and probably won't deal with Madden again if they don't fix it THIS YEAR!!

GameboyTroy
GameboyTroy

Its probably because a lot of NFL teams are going to be different this year and so many rookie QBs are joining the NFL and playing well at the same time.

Maverick2448
Maverick2448

Not a bad game by any means, but honestly I am looking forward more to FIFA and NHL.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Great. Just fraking great...

svaubel
svaubel

Sad that the only things that sell these days are sports games and brown shooters.

Sekhemket
Sekhemket

Wow, people sure pay a lot of money for updated rosters. 

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

Never underestimate the power of the NFL. There's a reason why the National Football League is a $12 BILLION a year business. 

NewFnShow
NewFnShow

Thats why EA releases the same game every year, because they know if they put zero effort into it, it will still sell almost 2 million launch week.

zerooo0
zerooo0

What happened to gamers boycotting EA?

Don_Cairo
Don_Cairo

thats quite a lot of money people spent on DLC. 

dylan417
dylan417

Best Madden in years, and I mean that.

REDShadowG
REDShadowG

roflmao, and then everybody keeps wondering how EA keeps trolling gaming/gamers without and sort of fear of fan backslash or something...Well, maybe next time you should try to not give them the millions they so badly want, and start supporting other small devs that actually deserve it... :p CDProjektRED, anyone?

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Madden NFL Franchise:  This biggest DLC ripoff ever!

vicecitysaint
vicecitysaint

this game sells because its like COD now only bought for multiplayer

SolidTy
SolidTy

Madden Fever is here once again! I might hide in my house for a month until this settles... :P

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

I haven't bought a Madden game since '10. I did buy this one, and it is actually pretty good despite the absence of Franchise Mode. As far as gameplay goes, this is probably the best Madden in a long time. I have always liked Madden ( I did like the 2K series a little better though). I don't buy it every year, but I do enjoy playing it..  

Paulf001
Paulf001

I can't believe people still buy whats almost the exact same game year after year. 

csward
csward

 @Barrakas21 I'm sorry, but I can't stand people trying to correct us every time we say football. This is our country and an American companies website. Go somewhere else if you don't like it bro.

ultramegaX
ultramegaX

 @PixelAddict *Woosh*. There goes any ounce of credibility you may have had. How about you support your opinion, rather than use ad-hominem attacks to try and act as if you have a point? The irony in your comment is hilarious.

 

On another note, this actually is the best Madden in years. EA made their dev team far larger for this season, because they were seeing criticisms and lost revenue. And it shows. This year's game is excellent, and fixes most issues I've had with past games. I invite football fans to give the game a try; this isn't the same old rehash of the past. The physics engine alone justify giving it a go.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

 @zerooo0 Just because you buy Madden it doesn't mean you're a "gamer."

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

 @vicecitysaint 

The game sells because it's football. "Gamers" seem to be the only ones who do not grasp the selling power of the NFL. 

ultramegaX
ultramegaX

 @SkamArtist If you play as a Coach in Connected Careers, it's nearly identical to franchise mode.

BeateDrabing
BeateDrabing

 @Paulf001 Well lets not be too surprised. Save a few minor tweaks, COD,Halo, AC are pretty much the same. 

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

 @csward typical american response. that is not your country like just like you stole it from the indians you stole the name football from europe.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

 @ultramegaX Ok let me be clear.  I refuse to support monopolistic actions because it leads to inferior products.

 

Sheep.

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Don't have to play something that comes out every year.  So really, its a bad investment in a software they could just launch DLC/Patches to improve on it.  Don't need to play a game that has no graphic overhaul and just bells and whistles like buying the latest iPhone.  So don't hate my opinion.

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

 @dylan417  @DESTROYRS_F8 actually he's right.  Very right lol.  Every so often EA rips the game down to nothing and calls it "new" only for 5-6 years to go by to put everything back into the game. Watch next year or the year after EA will strip madden down again. Only to start "readding" everything that was already in the game and call it new.  The only thing new about this one is the updated graphics and the AI isn't as dumb as it use to be.

Paulf001
Paulf001

 @BeateDrabing CoD, Halo at least have different storyline, campagin, maps, ect.  Madden is just football same without much change year to year until the release it on a new system and the graphics or ai is better.

Dieofnv
Dieofnv

 @BeateDrabing  @Paulf001 

you cant compare Madden NFL to any other game franchise because EA is the only one with the right to publish and develop an NFL game (monopoly)

 

any other franchise you have choices COD,Halo, AC people choose to buy them in the case of madden tell me any other NFL game out now besides madden.

don't worry ill wait 

Pyerun
Pyerun

 @Barrakas21  @csward

 Read history properly, Barrakas21, you euroclown.  The British, French, Spanish, and Dutch stole land from the first nations in North and South America.  USA didn't exist yet.