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80
1UP (Nov 23, 2004)
Bite-size Madden manages to do the job as EA brings us its latest football title reworked for the Nintendo DS. The game is kept simple and fun with maybe a few issues worth mentioning. Outside of those small things, it's definitely worth having if you own a DS.
80
GamePro (US) (Nov 29, 2004)
EA is smart to bring its Madden NFL franchise on to the DS. The name alone should make any football fan scream with glee, but beyond the big name, this pigskin sports the right moves for a good time on the DS.
75
Cinescape (Nov 22, 2004)
I don’t really have any problems with this version of the game. It doesn’t excel, but it’s the best portable football game you’ll find on the market, even with its only average graphics and sound, and generations old gameplay. I had fun playing it, and being able to hook up wirelessly with a friend or a stranger on an airplane almost seals the deal as play against others is what it’s all about in MADDEN.
74
N-Zone (Feb 17, 2005)
Während man sich bei den vergangenen GBA-Versionen noch mühsam durch etliche Menüs klicken musste, reicht nun eine simple Berührung des Touchscreens, um einen Spielzug auszuwählen. Spielerisch gibt es ansonsten kaum signifikante Unterschiede zu den anderen Madden-Versionen. Auf technischer Seite allerdings schon. Das komplette Gehetze nach dem Leder-Ei läuft nun in 3D vor den Augen des Spielers ab. Jedoch wird an den ziemlich kantigen Charaktermodellen klar, dass in technischer Hinsicht noch einiger Raum für Verbesserungen vorhanden ist.
72
GameSpot (Nov 19, 2004)
The Nintendo DS version of Madden, despite some solid gameplay and innovative features, falls short of the franchise's high standards.
70
GotNext (Nov 20, 2004)
Overall, the game looks and sounds as good as any handheld sports title can get. It would have been great if the DS offered some sort of connectivity options with the GameCube, but I imagine EA and Nintendo will cook up something for the next Nintendo platform. In the end, most football junkies will likely stick to their consoles for gridiron action, but DS owners craving a portable football action will want to wrap their mits around this game.
70
Armchair Empire, The (Mar 16, 2005)
Madden NFL 2005 certainly leaves room for growth for next years edition – playbook! – but it’s still a solid football title.
70
IGN (Nov 23, 2004)
There's one constant I've noticed in my professional half-decade tenure exclusively covering the handheld market: sports games do not sell on portable systems. Every year a publisher comes out with a great sports game, only to have it sit on shelves to be passed up by gamers in favor of the umpteen Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon titles that thrive on the platform. Hockey, baseball, tennis...these are all one-shot deals on the portable system, rarely followed up with a next year's version to capitalize on the success the title may have had in retail. That is, except football.
69
For new DS players, the starting lineup seemed to be just the touch of the iceberg, but with Mario, and two EA games, it had good support if nothing else. Madden 2005 for the DS is the only sports game available on the system, which means that all early evidence reads: The DS is going to be great for platformers and shooters (Metriod does look great).
67
Next Level Gaming (Nov 29, 2004)
Happy Sunday to everyone! This is Mike Mullis at the NLG Sports studio in Baltimore. It's week 12 in the NFL. For us here in Raven's country, we're awaiting the 4:15 showdown with the two-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. I won't lie, I love my Ravens, but this is by far the tallest order of the year. And while I'm also a big believer in Kyle Boller, it's just not going to be the same game without Jamal Lewis. In the meantime, I'm flipping back and forth between watching the Pittsburgh Steelers just completely tear the heart out of the Washington Redskins, and watching the N.Y. Giants trying to hold their own against the Philadelphia Eagles.
50
Game Revolution (Dec, 2004)
There's nothing worse than running into an ex, especially when you only see the back of their head. This happened to me recently at a restaurant; before she turned around, I figured it was possibly someone to hit on. Then when she turned to take my order, she became all too familiar. She still looked okay, but my excitement quickly turned to apathy, which then turned into an uncontrollable urge to run screaming in the opposite direction.
40
Much like the other offering from EA Sports on the DS, "Tiger Woods PGA Tour," this game just screams, "wait until next year." At least "Tiger" has a solid foundation, one that makes it playable (and even enjoyable). "Madden 2005" doesn't have anything of the sort. It's forgettable, cheaply produced, and oh yeah, pointless.
40
G4 TV: X-Play (Jan 17, 2005)
While Madden NFL 2005 is playable in its current form, most will tire of the shaky visuals and slippery controls faster than Mr. Madden slaps ham on a hoagie.

Each week Al Michaels and John Madden nominate Monday Night Football’s player of the game for display on the side of their horse trailer. The console versions of Madden NFL 2005 are worthy candidates, but this Nintendo DS game is the lone title that belongs in the trailer instead of on it.