Madden NFL arriving for 3DS kickoff

EA Sports aims to have pigskin simulation series in the huddle when Nintendo's handheld hits stores in the first half of next year.

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NFL diehards may dread the stretch between the early-February Super Bowl and the mid-September start to the new season each year, but Electronic Arts is looking to help fill that time this year with a new Madden on a new platform. The publisher today announced that Madden NFL Football will be ready for the launch of Nintendo's 3DS handheld.

The original Madden box art practically begged for the 3D treatment.

While EA's announcement was headlined that the game would be available "at Nintendo 3DS launch," the publisher's statement made multiple mentions to the game launching "in the first half of 2011." The 3DS is scheduled to launch in Japan on February 26, with US and European releases to follow in March. As of press time, EA had not returned GameSpot's request for clarification.

In addition to the standard 11-on-11 simulation, Madden NFL Football on the 3DS will feature five-on-five and season modes, with players able to further tailor the game to their level of expertise with classic, arcade, or GameFlow play calling (introduced in this year's multiplatform Madden NFL 11). The game will also allow players to draw out plays on the system's touch screen. The game is being developed in Raleigh by EA North Carolina.

When it comes out, Madden NFL Football will be the first installment on the series for a Nintendo portable since Madden NFL 09. Released in 2008 on the DS, Madden NFL 09 featured then-recently retired (and then unretired) quarterback Brett Favre on the cover.

Discussion

31 comments
Nozizaki
Nozizaki

Man, another great game that'll be on the 3ds... I hope I can get one soon.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Is it just me, or does that pic of Madden on the artwork above look just like Steve Irwin!? CROIKEY! :)

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

@Kajiuro I hope it does then that will be a big selling point for me & I think others

Kajiuro
Kajiuro

@King_Gamer19 Chances are, if it's on 3DS, it'll probably have some sort of online play. To my understanding, the 3DS' online capabilities is going to be one of it's selling points.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Not sure how that's going to work out, a football game coming out in March. At least it will give the NBA Elite team something to do.

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

@stEElyDaN909 yeah, except this article is saying its coming to 3DS, it said nothing about wii

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

OMG With the Wii remote I can throw the football like I'm actually throwing it!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Madden is trying to be on any and every electronic device known to man! I'm surprised their isn't a Madden game for your alarm clock! Seriously though, I actually enjoyed Madden 10, and I thought 11 was a small improvement, with the new run engine. I don't think they really needed to release another title for 11, simply because it looks like it is running on the same game engine, with a little bit of added animations. I think they should take a year off and really hunker down and make a great Madden title for the 360/PS3. Just have downloadable rosters and tweaks between the release, and maybe charge 10-15,

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

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justin4444
justin4444

I want NBA! And Im sold, its my dream handheld! Nintendo + NBA + any other sports games. wow

XanderZane
XanderZane

Might me good. I'm going to need some decent sports game for on the go gaming. Maybe NBA Elite 3DS will be ready by then as well. lol!!

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

@THA-TODD-BEAST You're right, but I do thrive on unique interesting games for awesome consoles; such as Martha Stewart 3DS.

missonrs
missonrs

might have to get it if it's good. I think 3d with football would be an awesome game.

PANIC99
PANIC99

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Evenios
Evenios

sounds fun. Football in 3D the ultimate experience?

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I've never actually played Madden on the handheld devices..........

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

@lazycomplife I take it you're a nerd who doesn't thrive on sports. Understandable.

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

This is going to be freaking awesome! I can't wait to see what they do with the new hardware and 3d features.

shafe-man
shafe-man

So is this good or bad news? I don't know.... I hope it's a good game, but @Waldkrieger has a point. However, it is a new platform, so is it milking if it's never been done before?

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

Not interested, but the John Madden Football box art made my day :P

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

I'm more interested in the Martha Stewart 3DS game

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

Milk those sports games. That's all game corporations do now days. Milk Milk Milk.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Ah, back when the Madden games were GOOD. I like the original and Madden 94 on the Genesis, and 98 on the PS1. Everything was downhill after that.

majindan
majindan

I am so sick of hearing about Madden, seriously...at least change the name or something. Imagine if there was a new COD released every year, how sick of that would everyone be, oh wait...

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

quick survey. does anyone here actually play madden on handhelds?

DAVID_KING
DAVID_KING

I won't be getting this, but it's nice to know that die-hard football/nintendo combo fans will have the option to play madden on the go.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

hmm, maybe the 3D effect will help the Raiders train lol

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Hmmmm? A madden for the 3DS....Cool I haven't played any of the recent maddens because I haven't had the time to buy them, though I might get this deppending on if I'll have enough money left over from buying the 3DS and one or two other games.