Madden NFL 13 sells 900,000 in 24 hours

Sales of EA Sports' gridiron sim up 7 percent year-over-year, setting new record for current-gen; online first-day usage jumps 28 percent.

EA Sports' Madden NFL 13 has gotten off to a hot start. Electronic Arts announced today that the newest gridiron football simulator, which launched Tuesday, sold 900,000 copies during its first 24 hours for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This marks a 7 percent rise over last year's iteration, and represents the most successful Madden launch this console generation.

Madden NFL 13 launched to nearly 1 million in sales.

Sales figures for the Wii and PlayStation Vita versions of Madden NFL 13 were not announced.

Madden NFL 13 also set a day-one online usage record, with peak simultaneous users jumping 28 percent over last year's first-day figures. GameSpot's review of the game 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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tgwolf
tgwolf

I struggle to understand how anyone would drop the full price in money on a game that will be utterly and embarrassingly obsolete about the middle of the year following and WORTHLESS by the next holiday season...LEAST of all for a sports game!

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

of course theyll sell that much, madden's the only nfl game in existence. its not like people have much of a choice, lol.

Karjah
Karjah

In other news about 850000 copies of Madden 12 have shown up in used bins across the country to about 10 bucks.  What is it with football fans needing to grab madden day one and never buying used.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

didn't like the demo again this year, I'll just stick to 09'

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

Why wouldn't they sell 900,000 copies...its not like they have competition...

Pi
Pi

I used to purchase Madden every year but stopped with the new console generation because I felt the game had been ruined.  I still check it out every year, but refuse to waste money on it until it appears to be something I'll enjoy again.

 

That said, I'm amazed every year when they release the news that sales figures have gone up yet again.  I mean, I'm as big a football fan as anyone, but I just can't believe people keep spending money on this game.  If you enjoy it, cool, go ahead.......but, like me, I always hear so many others complaining about how awful it has gotten over recent years.  But somehow more and more people purchase it every year.  Unfortunately I think this trend will prevent them from innovating in the future or even fixing the main issues with the game since.....well.....they don't have to.  People will buy it no matter what..........

Mathuin
Mathuin

Wow 900,000?  I haven't bought a madden game since '08

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

I never buy Madden each year. I usually buy one every 2 - 3 years. The last Madden I had was '09...It's about time that I pick one up.

chuckratm1
chuckratm1

EA sells 900,000 copies of Madden......Gamers realize they removed the standard offline Franchise Mode from the game.......Half of the sold games are returned. I waited 3 years since buying it and the game plays great, but for Franchise to not be in it is an EPIC FAIL on EA's part. 

rogerpenna
rogerpenna

the last american football game I played was Mike Ditka Ultimate Football, for DOS.

ImBack558855
ImBack558855

(sold 900,000 copies during its first 24 hours) 

 

didn't surprise me at all....

 

 

 

whitetiger3521
whitetiger3521

They didn't just update the roster in Madden 13 it is alot different than 12 and I know cause I own both games. All you haters are just mad cause Madden is actually doing good this year.

vicecitysaint
vicecitysaint

How sad the only reason this game sells is because its the only football game out, but people keep buying it keeping EA rich while they give out a repeated product

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Same with FIFA/PES etc in the UK - although to be fair I think this year's FIFA does look worth a buy!

RLJSlick
RLJSlick

It just show you, poor reviews, and redundant game play doesn't stop some from buying a game with a famous title.

BillJr106
BillJr106

What really pisses me off is that Ive bought these games since 2K Football ended, and every year they add something I like but take out something else I like. Add that thing back in with a new name and label it as a defining feature, then they take out something else I liked. I think the problem is they are too afraid to make one really good game, because if they do, everyone will buy it, but the next year they wont sell as many, because it truly will become a roster update... what they dont realize is that they can then reduce their price to $20 and make minor tweaks and make a fortune!! Or just charge for annual updates...

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

You poor saps. I bought Madden 10 and Madden 11 and they were both incredibly crap. EA owes me a game IMO. This demo didn't show me anything to convince me that the legacy problems have been addressed thoroughly.

sethfrost
sethfrost

I would have bought a HiRes txt/DX 11 PC version ... but PC - that's not EA Sports' game anymore.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

That screenshot is unrealistic, the Jets can't score derp

Araknie
Araknie

It's like opening a candy shop, of course it will sell but that does not mean it will be good for you.

redskineer
redskineer

It's funny people criticize Madden for coming out with an updated game each year... but they are absolutely willing to pay 15 bucks a month to play the same World of Warcraft (which would total 180 bucks a year), fork over 40-60 bucks for an updated Tekken game with more characters, and repurchase Final Fantasy games every time there is the slightest graphical update.  Of course, most Madden players won't defend their purchase on Gamespot because they are busy enjoying their game for the next 3-12 months.

Hurvl
Hurvl

The Madden games are considered a measurement of how well the industry is going, it said in a previous Gamespot article and according to this it's going well. I've never been interested in sports games, so I don't know why so many people buy games that for me looks like a copy-paste from last years version with not much added. I like games that allow you to do stuff you can't/could never do in real life. Anyway, I guess this is a good sign and hopefully this means we won't get Michael Pachter or some other know-it-all professing doom and gloom and scaring executives into making even worse decisions than they are already making.

JMcN76
JMcN76

I just don't get it. All people do is complain about Madden and then run right out to the nearest Best Buy and get it the day it comes out. Lemmings!

itchyflop
itchyflop

though i wont be buying this on the hardware in your front room i welcome the addition to the vita. Still play 2k one on the dream-cast with its fantastic presentation and commentary. Now i can play on the move, does anyone know if it ll be cross play ??

GalvatronType_R
GalvatronType_R

Madden, Call of Duty, Bose, Beats, Apple, Monster Cable, are all brands that exemplify the stupidity of people and how they're willing to buy anything with a name on it.

bigdc
bigdc

IGN gave this game a 9. That's all people on the fence needed to go grab this one. EA can thank thank Greg Miller for the boost in sales.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Yeah, it's incredible that these games sell - I just don't get it.

 

dicegamer
dicegamer

i goin to skip on this year madden unless my friend buy it for me and i watch the NFL games on TV

glippy00
glippy00

I'd buy it, but since it's already been our for a day I figure it's probably getting a little out-dated so I'll just wait for the next one which comes out, what, next month?

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

only in America.. where casual gamers win

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

No idea why people still buy these.

BeateDrabing
BeateDrabing

Now put a "Mutant League Football" mode in there, and we talking.

Bttrthnfacebook
Bttrthnfacebook

 @Pi i used to play with your mom every night, she got fat so now i just make her play with me

Pi
Pi

Oh, and I just have to add..........I wouldn't mind one bit paying for only a roster update each year if the game were actually GOOD.  I have no problem with little change if the game is quality.  But there are still bugs that were present in the first PS3 iteration, and the franchise mode is STILL inferior to what it was in the PS2 days.  They're moving backwards in every area but graphics IMO.  Now THAT I do have a problem with, and will not pay for..........

Bttrthnfacebook
Bttrthnfacebook

 @chuckratm1 franchise is in it dumbass... and not many ppl have returned it, my friend had to search at various gamestops to finally find a used copy..

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Jpovin1215
Jpovin1215

 @chuckratm1  The connected careers mode in this iteration of madden took over for franchise mode.  If you select a coach in the mode you control the entire team including trades, free agents, and absolutely everything you did in the franchise mode.  In fact its everything franchise mode was with more flexibility AND it very clearly has an offline mode.  If the "half" of the gamers that returned their copies like you say they did are like you and either  weren't smart or patient enough to actually realize that, then good riddance to them.  EPIC FAIL on you not EA.  Oh yeah, and I do buy madden every year and I do notice marked differences in each year so everyone can call me a sheep or dumb or whatever you want to, I'll keep playing my game and having a damn good time doing it

spidey223
spidey223

 @RLJSlick

 Poor reviews like an average score of 85% with major reviewers???

ZOD777
ZOD777

 @sethfrost Fifa 12 and NBA 2k12 are great on PC provided you have a USB controller.  But no Madden...

itchyflop
itchyflop

 @GalvatronType_R normally i would agree with you, after playing countless (friends) pro evo i would have said the same but they do get better every year and sell at a reduced cost. haha sadly EA won't sell this at anything less than 44 quid, so yeah you bang on !!! buy one keep it foy 10 years then buy the new one if you like american footy.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

 @ecurl143 Some folks just really football. I know people where Madden is pretty much the only game they own. I myself haven't played it in over a decade. It's just not my thing.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

 @Pi and really the graphics aren't that great either. It looks good in still images and in close ups, but the movements are not fluid or even remotely realistic like they claim. 09 was the best football game I've ever played, but ever since they have sucked. 

jhawk
jhawk

 @Pi I'm totally with you. I actually have not bought a Madden since last generation.  Speak with your wallet.

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @berserker66666  "WoW is so bad, why won't it die already" - nine million users as of June 30 2012 (google "2012 wow million" if you don't believe me).

 

"Oh, no not another CoD! No one wants to play that crappy game" - breaks its own sales records like Avatar did with Titanic.

 

Obviously, there's a lot of people wanting to buy games that other people claim no wants, because they're so bad and bla bla...

 

I still have enough good games to play, so even though I can't for the life of me understand why they sell so well, I'm not one to wish misfortune to these games like others often do.

berserker66666
berserker66666

 @Chaos_Dante_456  @ecurl143 If one likes football, they should go play it for real. It's not a game for couch potatos. America's favorite sport being whored by EA's money hungry drive. Pathetic.