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Madden NFL 07 (Wii)

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90
GameDaily
That's the great thing about this game. For every complaint, there's some positive aspect that keeps it enjoyable. It may not have flashy visuals, tons of modes or cool sliding menus, but Madden Wii does what its brethren will never come close to doing, which is get the non-gamers involved. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess may receive all of the attention, but Madden NFL 07 demonstrates the Wii's true potential better than any funny looking elf ever will.
90
GameSpy
I've been playing Madden games since the Genesis days, and Madden NFL 07 for the Wii is the most fun I've had with the franchise in a long time. Maybe it's the sheer novelty aspect of the control that has me hooked, and I'll quite possibly get tired of the game if I can't find enough people to play with, seeing as how there's no online support for the console. But on its own merits, Madden 07 for the Wii is as exciting a development in sports games as I've seen in a long time, and should be experienced by anyone with even a passing interest in a good game of football. Now, how about an adjustable foot strap for the Wii Remote, so we can get some similar FIFA 08 action next year?
90
PGNx Media
While on other platforms, Madden NFL 07 introduced a few wrinkles; on the Wii it is an entirely different beast. The game works extremely well with the Wii Remote and it’s great that EA took the time to deliver a compelling product instead of taking the Gamecube version and just adding a minigame or too. The game is definitely recommended, even if you’ve already picked up a version on another platform.
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Nintendojo
Despite being more intuitive, Madden 07 is also fun. Throwing the ball and seeing the motion echoed onscreen can give a huge sense of empowerment. Furthermore, the controls make Madden a whole new experience, meaning a repeat purchase might be worth considering for those who've already picked up the GCN installment. It's not much of a stretch to say that Wii might have the best version of Madden 07 out there.
87
GameZone
Madden NFL 07 for the Nintendo Wii is a great game. The developers really took the time necessary to make sure the game felt very responsive and not gimmicky. After playing the game on the Nintendo Wii it is hard to go back to the other versions as the game now draws you in it more and makes you feel that you are more a part of the game.
87
GameTrailers
If you’re a Wii-owning sports fan don’t hesitate in picking up Madden NFL 07. Wii Sports can only last so long, and Madden will surely be a big hit at your holiday gatherings with old college buddies or family. There are also enough options to keep it in rotation well into next year. The low-rent visuals are a disappointment, even for the Wii, but it’s a clear demonstration of how well the Wii controls can work in the right hands. Best of all, it comes from a place that no one ever expected.
87
Atomic Gamer
Overall, I did enjoy playing Madden on the Wii. Being the third version of the game I played this year, I still can’t say that I’m tired of the series. The Wii version even came out with something new and fresh for me to try and was entertaining. While some of the new control methods weren’t implemented as well as they possibly could have been, they don’t detract too much from the overall experience. If you’ve waited to purchase a version of Madden this generation and are deciding between the Wii and a current-gen console, I’d recommend you give the Wii version a shot if the potential control issues don’t scare it off. However, if you already own one or two versions of Madden, I’d probably wait until next year unless you’re really itching to get your hands on the new controls as they are the only real reason to justify the purchase since you’ve probably played the heck out of this one already on the Xbox or PS2.
86
Gamer Within
The lifespan and overall replay value of Madden 07 is huge. Franchise will take you weeks to complete, and Superstar on it’s own is bigger then the Edward James Dome. Throw in all the extra modes - Mini-camp, Madden cards, cheats, unlockables and multiplayer - you’re set for a few months. On the whole Madden 07 is an excellent title. Instead of turning out an average game for Wii, EA went to town and custom built the game, playing on it’s strengths with the Wii’s controller and offering a diverse (yet not too much) game to inject new life into the Madden universe. It does have some minor problems, but they are mainly insignificant. Madden suddenly became fun to play again, well done EA.
86
Cheat Code Central
Besides The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, this is easily the best launch game for the Wii. Although it shows that it is a launch title with its graphics (faces), the controls and gameplay are excellent. This is the most excited I have been about a Madden game since Madden 2001 for the PS2. It is clear that EA put a lot of time and effort into configuring Madden to the Wii's new controller. Their efforts were not in vain because this is definitely the best and most fun Madden game I have played in many years.
85
IGN
Madden 07 offers a faster and more brutal game of football, and the added motion control makes pulling off complex football maneuvers easier than it’s ever been. The game is constantly offering pointers to newcomers as well, whether it’s in the on-the-fly tutorials accessible at any time during a game, or in the success/failure prompts that tell you instantly if your motion was too early, too late, or dead on. Madden 07 leaves definite room for improvement, but it’s a tremendous leap in the right direction. If Madden 07 is any indication expect EA and Nintendo to become very, very good friends this generation.
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Worth Playing
Madden 07 is a curious game. I can't, in all honesty, say that it is a better choice for die-hard Madden players. Having to relearn all the controls over again is enough to frustrate those who've been playing since the Genesis days, and it does require a significantly greater amount of physical exertion then its counterparts. Likewise, it lacks online play, so those who plan to play alone will quickly outgrow the computer. However, for those who don't normally play Madden or who are looking for a good party version of Madden, I can not recommend a better version then the Wii. Of all the Madden games released since the days of the Genesis, Madden 07 for the Wii is the first that I was honestly excited to play. EA Sports didn't let me down, and when Madden 08 comes out, the Wii version is the one I'll pick up.
85
Deeko
The game proves that standard console experiences - ones that have become commonplace after 20 years of d-pad gaming - can not only be executed on the Wii, but can be drastically improved beyond a shadow of a doubt and opened up to a new world of gamers. Any game that can make people who hate the genre have fun is worthy of unending praise, and EA has accomplished creating just that - and this does wonders not just for EA's Wii division, but for the console itself.
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GamePro (US)
It's a ton of fun, especially if a friend gets involved. The motion controls really adds to the competitive experience of the game and should lead to some intense living room battles. But the game itself has a distinctive retro feel, with its lackluster graphics. Still, there's something about acting out the motions that makes the Wii version so much fun. It's a great new direction for the venerated franchise and I'd take it over the analog-stick Madden games any day of the week.
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4Players.de
Madden sieht auf dem Wii deutlich schlechter aus als auf der Xbox 360 - ganz klar! Überhaupt liegt die Kulisse nur ganz knapp über dem Current-Gen-Niveau. Doch das kann ich verschmerzen. Genauso wie den fehlenden Online-Modus. Wieso? Weil die Steuerung bis auf zwei Ausnahmen (Kicken, Power-Defensive) hervorragend gelungen ist und mich nach extrem kurzer Eingewöhnung sowie vorbildlichem Tutorial dermaßen ins Geschehen zieht, wie ich es noch nie bei einem Sportspiel erlebt habe. Und so sehr ich EA dafür auch mit einem Award belohnen möchte, sorgen die sich summierenden Kleinigkeiten dafür, dass Madden auch auf Wii denkbar knapp an Gold scheitert. Denn um das Paket komplett zu machen, wären z.B. eine optimierte KI sowie das Ausmerzen der kleinen Unstimmigkeiten im optischen Bereich Pflicht gewesen.
84
GameSpot
At its best, Madden NFL 07 can feel revelatory, if only because it takes the existing Madden gameplay and tweaks it nicely to work with the Wii technology. It would have been so easy to just cram in some lousy, half-baked motion controls and call it a day, but it seems like some legitimate care went into the updated design in this version of Madden. While there's certainly room to improve on this debut, it's a wonderful start for the series on the Wii. Even if you've picked up other editions of Madden this year, Madden on the Wii is absolutely worth playing, because it's a whole different ballgame.
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Game Freaks 365
Overall, Madden NFL 07 on the Nintendo Wii is a great effort by EA Tiburon, one that makes me wonder even more how they dropped the ball on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games, if it’s even fair to call them “games.” If you’ve already picked up a copy of this year’s Madden, I’d still recommend renting the Wii version. If anything, it’s an interesting departure from the traditional controls. If you haven’t picked up a Madden NFL 07, this is the best version to get. It’s fun, it’s different, and it’s Madden. That’s a great combo, one worthy of this season’s MVP.
83
Gaming Age
It is true that if you are a PS3 or Xbox 360 owner you will miss the glitz of the HD versions of Madden, but once you get to swinging your controller to and fro and becoming immersed with the on-screen action, you'll soon forget that you are looking at a visual re-creation of the GameCube version of the game. Your next-generation feature is in gameplay not visuals, just as Nintendo promised. If you own a Wii and you are a sports fan, this is one game that utilizes both controllers and shows off why the Wii is so innovative.
83
Game Shark
Even if the controls were old school, this version of the game seems to play faster and is more enjoyable to me. I wish we had online multiplayer already but I’ll give EA some slack here. Just remember that for next year, EA! Anyway, if you’re a football fan I recommend picking this one up – remember football isn’t in Wii Sports so you’ll have to get your fix from Madden!
82
Daily Game
If you enjoy football, and you've got a Nintendo Wii, you need to seriously pick this game up. It just feels right. It also might make you forgive EA for the past half-decade of rehashed doggy poo they've been foisting upon us at full price. Sports fans - this might just be the game that gets you to buy a Wii. Even non-sports fans will have a good time with this. Highly recommended.
82
GamingTrend
This game is everything you wouldn’t expect from a first year EA game on a new system. We’ve come to expect the launch Maddens (all systems launch with Madden, don’t they?) to be crippled with less features and more bugs. This is a glowing exception and a real feather in the cap for EA against all the sports bashers who are out there. EA came to the table with something so new and so much better than what many had expected this year. The game isn’t without its flaws but it does go out of it’s way to become fresh and different. Yes, you read that correctly, a review for a Madden game is praising the title for its freshness. Go figure... and if you have a Wii, go grab it.
82
Kombo.com
I might not be alone in saying that Madden NFL 07 for Wii is the best version of all the next-generation platform versions. It’s definitely the least feature packed, and has the worst visuals when compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360, but when the series’ gameplay suffers, a change needed to be made. The first football game for the Wii is indeed that change, and we may be seeing something special with this franchise for Nintendo’s Wii in the years to come. It’s evident that EA went for the Hail Mary, and finally, they’re now river-dancing their way to victory. And what a way to win it. Madden NFL 07 comes highly recommended for those who didn’t have enough faith in EA’s exclusive license, and re-establishes the mammoth publisher’s dominance on the top of the sports gaming world once again.
82
Deaf Gamers
Madden NFL fans who've bought a Wii are definitely going to want to try out the game. It's a feature rich experience, only lacking an option to play online, that makes great use of the Wii's unique control scheme.
80
Eurogamer.de
Überraschung, Überraschung: Madden NFL 07 ist ein richtig gutes Wii-Spiel geworden, das die Eigenheiten der Steuerung geschickt ausnutzt. So muss eine ordentliche Umsetzung aussehen; andere Publisher können sich EA da gerne zum Vorbild nehmen. Warum es dann letztendlich trotzdem "nur" für eine 8 reicht? Weil es abgesehen von der Steuerung eben doch Madden NFL 07 ist, das im Vergleich zum Vorjahr nur Detailverbesserungen enthält. Alles in allem aber ein äußerst gelungenes Spiel, das jeder Football-Fan zumindest einmal ausprobieren sollte.
80
Cubed3
A very impressive debut from EA on the Wii and the first third party game to truly herald a new era in a genre. Try going back to traditional Madden after this and you will see what we mean, the control offers so much freedom that each match is truly individual. This is truly addictive and pushes Madden up to the next level in gaming...however anyone who isn't a fan of the sport may want to keep their distance.
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Fragland.net
We would really suggest Madden NFL 07 on the Wii. The good controls through the remote and nunchuck are a welcom change for newbies and at the same time make that we can enjoy the tons of content and endless possibilities easier. Of course there's less progress on a technical side but the fact that this never hurts the game tells more about the good gameplay than about the mediocre graphics and sound. Certainly a suggestion if you want something else than a round ball for once!
80
N-Europe
In the end, Madden NFL 08 is a good game with lots of options, game modes, features and a very appreciable attention to detail. The addition of online, even though rough around the edges is certainly a welcome addition and the rest of the multiplayer including the party games will certainly guarantee a lot of hours spent around the game. The graphics are still last-gen unfortunately, but the time EA didn’t spend working on them, they spent on the controls which are very responsive, refined and intuitive. A good game for NFL fans and who knows, maybe newcomers can enjoy it too.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Madden 07 for the Wii feels pure next-gen in its gameplay, more so than on any other system, even if many of the technical aspects still feel like a last generation effort. There are certainly kinks to work out, many of which seem to have been fixed in Madden 08 (though there are still a number of problems in '08 that need fixing). Whichever version you end up playing, you’ll have a good time playing Madden on the Wii. I’m a big fan of the 2K Sports football offerings, and until recently I'd have taken NFL 2K3 over any other football game. But that time seems to have ended: Madden on Wii is a winner.
80
Yahoo! Games
Then again, we knew that Madden wasn't going to be a visual powerhouse, at least on the Wii. The big question was how well the new controls would work, and though you'll need extra practice to kick well, the game passes the test, making for a solid bridge between two generations of game systems.
80
Mansized
At its best, it’s gorgeously innovative. At worst, it’s bloody frustrating. But it can’t be denied that Madden ‘07 is the joint best Wii sporting title thus far. American footie fans are in for not only a treat, but something a little new too.
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videogamer.com
As great as it was to get hold of Twilight Princess after what seemed like years of delays, Wii owners should be celebrating Madden with equally open arms. Having been playing the series since its early heydays in the 90s, I can honestly say I haven't had this much fun with a football game in decades. Add a few friends into the gridiron mix and you're coming away with one of the best Wii experiences yet. If this is any indication of what the future holds for Nintendo and EA, then Wii owners have much more to cheer about than just getting another Mario.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Cette première version Wii de Madden ouvre la voie à des nouvelles sensations de jeu très intéressantes pour tous les fondus de football américain. Plongés au coeur de la partie, les joueurs redécouvrent complètement la série et peuvent se montrer très optimistes quant à l'avenir de leur sport sur la console de Nintendo. Le succès semble tout assuré.
78
Gamer 2.0
Madden 07 for the Wii may be just innovative enough to require a second purchase of the game. This is in comparison to the many other versions available out there. However, while it’s not going to be a technical marvel in any aspect, the fun offensive controls make up for it. The potential is huge for Madden 08 to step it up and go for the two point conversion with online play and intuitive defensive controls. Until then, the Madden 07 test for the sports game market on the Wii is a successful one. Tell the rest of the sports developers to go ahead with their games and make the Wii the place for the sports fans to get their fix.
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Jeuxpo.com
Madden NFL 07 a plutot bien réussi son premier essai sur Wii. Meme si les capacités de la console ne sont pas vraiment exploités, le jeu demeure toujours aussi exhaustif et la jouabilité très sympathique.
75
The Wiire
While there's certainly room for improvement, there's no understating what EA Canada has done with the Wii version of Madden NFL 07. They've resoundingly refuted their biggest criticism. More than a sloppy port with a new gameplay tweak, Madden NFL 07 breathes new life into virtual sports games. No longer just for the die hard fan or the number crunching simulation lover, FreeMotion control brings a whole new level of interactivity to the genre. For years, EA Sports' slogan was "If it's in the game, it's in the game." With Madden 07 on Wii, for the first time in the series' history, you feel like you're in the game.
75
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Madden NFL 07 is a respectable debut for the Madden series on the Wii. This game is a classic example of a developer being forced to innovate and embrace the Wii remote. Madden NFL 07 on the Wii is clearly one of the best uses of the Wii remote yet.
74
Console Monster
Overall, this is a respectable and solid Wii game whose controls have stood the passing of the last few months. It offers further promise to the hope that the Wii is more than just a passing fad. It proves that well considered development can deliver a compelling, accessible and highly engaging experience. They really can say, there is no where else that you can play American football this way.
70
Nintendo Life
Surprisingly, what stays with you from the game is the sense of freedom that comes from the gestures. You remember particular plays, and become aware of the different movements that put up that lob, landed that catch or strong-armed that line-back. All of us were surprised how compelling this was, and how much we wanted to play some more. That has to be a successful game, in anybodies book.
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NintendoWorldReport
The developers really came up with some interesting and entertaining gestures for a football game, but Madden may have been the wrong game for them. The overall complexity of the game will immediately turn off the more casual players who were attracted by the control scheme. The hardcore Madden players will most likely prefer one of the more traditional console versions because of precision issues with the gestures. The cool mini-games and tried-and-true Madden feature set make up for the shortcomings a bit, though.
60
Gamestyle
A sports game for the hardcore gamesplayer, then? Well, yes. If there are any MechWarrior fans who like American Football, this is for you. For Gamestyle, over in Blighty, is thinking about how Fifa 08 on the Wii will be like. For the rest of you, this is a unique, but flawed way of playing a fabulously put-together sports package.
58
1UP
Early on, it became pretty apparent that EA Sports intended for Madden 07 on the Wii to be its first showcase for using the interactive controls in its games. Every demo offered an opportunity to toss a few passes with the Wii-mote and make some jukes with the Nunchuk. From these quick tastes, it at least seemed like there was some potential there for a unique take on playing Madden. Now that preseason is over and we have had some time to play with the completed game, we've rounded up our gridiron fanatics to weigh-in on Madden's first season on the Wii.