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Overall, Madden NFL 2004 does a nice job of stuffing the Madden experience into a go-anywhere format. There are a number of things that EA Sports could have improved upon from the previous game, but this series is still far and away the best for anyone looking for a traditional football game on Nintendo's popular handheld.
Madden 2004 isn't one for the record books, but it'll keep sports fans entertained during those dull and boring moments in life (such as waiting in line for a PSP next fall). The brighter colors means that, even if you weren't lucky or financially stable enough to pick up a GBA SP, you'll still be able to see the game pretty clearly. At thirty-five smackers, it's not a game to rush out and buy (especially when there are other must-have GBA releases to purchase). But if you're a diehard football fan and you don't have a portable version of Madden, you won't find a better football game to get than Madden 2004.
The biggest addition to the gameplay is the "connectivity" feature that links the cartridge to the GameCube version of Madden NFL 2003. But, like the feature in Metroid Fusion, it's the GameCube owners that benefit from this link; all that's required is the cartridge in the system to unlock a few exclusive extras on the console. No extras for the GBA players...the cart is a dongle and nothing more than that.