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Aside from that glaring miscue, Madden NFL 10 is a fantastic multiplayer game with fun new modes, refined controls, and simplified gameplay. You can compete in Madden Showdown mode, cooperate in Road to the Super Bowl, and terrorize in the Huddle Up mode. While you're still playing a regular old game of football, the variety of ways that you can play that game is grand and makes this a terrific title for casual football fans of any age.
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Determining whether or not Madden 10 Wii is worth your money essentially comes down to a simple question of what you're looking for in a game. If you're a football fan who loves simulation and fine-tuning his team to strategic perfection, you're going to want to stick with the tried and true Madden formula on 360 or PS3. If you're looking for a fun game to play with some friends who aren't really all that interested in football or are relatively new to football, then Madden Wii is a good buy.
The Wii gets its fair share of pigeonholed motion-control ports of HD console titles, but Madden 10 is definitely in a league of its own. We applaud the folks at EA and Tiburon for taking the time to deliver a unique experience for the Wii gamers. Whether you are into arcade or simulation play, whether you are young or old, whether you are alone or with friends – Madden 10 is a whole lot of fun, and has something to offer football fans of all shapes and sizes.
Madden 10 is a fun Wii game - It just isn’t one I see many current Madden players getting into over a true-to-NFL offering. EA will grab new fans with this year’s Wii game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it also pushes away old fans in the process.
All in all, I enjoyed Madden '10 on the Wii and can definitely say that it's the best version for casual fans. It's easy to jump into, it's fun with a group of friends, and the Road to the Super Bowl mode feels like a suitable throwback to the Madden games of the 16-bit era. If you've been playing the Madden titles for a while, this isn't the right version for you because you'll want all of the franchise's bells and whistles that are available in the PS3 and X360 versions. There is a Franchise mode in this Wii iteration, but it's more limited in scope and feels like an afterthought. Even with this shortcoming, the Wii version of Madden '10 is a lot of fun to play. It's definitely worth picking up for Wii owners, and the title will certainly keep you entertained for a while.
We’re not huge American Football fans here at Nintendo Life, and certainly not in the UK office where we reviewed Madden NFL 10. That said, the game proved itself to be accessible and enjoyable to everyone, regardless of any previous experience of the sport, with the hard-and-fast Showdown take on gridiron offering immediate gratification, and the Huddle-Up and Road to Superbowl modes giving plenty of scope for matches other than the traditional head-to-heads. With plenty of unlockables too including Franchise and Superstar modes, and the option to control as much or as little of the fine details as possible, Madden NFL 10 should be tremendously appealing to gridiron fanatics as well as novices looking for an entertaining first game of pigskin.
Still, this game has its merits. It's a blast to pick up and play with three buddies, and if viewed as a party game, it's probably one of the best team sports game on the console. All of the new modes encourage multiple participants, and through devices like wagering points, keep all involved.
Your enjoyment with this version of Madden on the Wii will ultimately be determined on how you wish to approach the game. If you are looking for a game that will appeal to people who just want to have some fun, then you will be pleasantly surprised. On the other hand, if you like to play your Wii games alone, outside of the Road to the Super Bowl, there isn’t enough to warrant a purchase. What hurts the game the most is without a doubt the horrible commentary. It is extremely disappointing for a game like this, EA Sport’s signature title, to have so many problems in the sound department. It’s the one thing that prevents this game from being a solid purchase. If you only own a Wii and need to play a football game this season, then by all means go with Madden NFL 10. On the other hand, if you have a choice, I would strongly recommend buying the game on a different console.
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With more emphasis on quick-hit, easy-to-play mini-games and casual-centric visuals with extremely basic controls, Madden NFL 10 on the Wii might as well be referred to as Madden Lite. However, while this offering would be totally unacceptable and inappropriate on either the Xbox 360 and the PS3, EA has smartly addressed the Wii marketplace and demographic with this game, and Wii gamers who want a casual bit of Madden that everybody in the family can play – from the youngest elementary school gamer up to grandpa without the hardcore aspect of the “grownup” version on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Madden NFL 10 on the Wii makes some great strides in differentiating itself from its counterparts, but it also neglects the major aspects that make those other versions so engaging.
Madden 10 takes the series down yet another new route on the Wii, moving down a local multiplayer route and all but abandoning single player depth and complexity. If you have three friends who love the sport then Madden 10 will be great fun, but the single player portion has been ignored this year to the degree where it'll be extremely interesting to see if it'll be present at all in Madden 11. As such the game as a whole doesn't represent a particularly impressive package and should only be considered if you are either craving an American football game and don't own a 360/PS3, or if you need a multiplayer sports game for the console.