Madden NFL 13 for Wii U (Video Game Review)

Madden NFL 13 released back in August for all major consoles, and we were quickly impressed by the game's new presentation including the all new Infinity Engine physics, new commentary from the CBS crew, Phil Simms and Jim Nantz, and in-game features such as the 20+ new passing trajectories. Then, we kept playing the game over the last several months to complete special challenges, perfect our Madden Ultimate Team and to play through multiple seasons in the new Connected Careers mode. Now, Madden NFL 13 has arrived for the Nintendo Wii U , and the newest release introduces some great new features, but unfortunately, loses a couple with its port to the new Nintendo console. Considering the long history of watered down sports titles available for consoles at launch and that developer Tiburon has only about half the development time for this version of the game than with the other versions, Madden NFL 13 is a great new release for Nintendo Wii U that you'll want to pick up this holiday season if you don't already own the game.

The first thing any gamer will want to know about the new Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 will be the new features. Most of these come from the Wii U gamepad integration that will allow Madden players to switch sessions over to the controller and play continue playing their games from the built-in screen. The game continues to run smoothly and look great while playing on the console's gamepad, and more importantly, your family will be able to watch their favorite shows without being interrupted by your game. Another cool new feature of the gamepad allows you to call plays and cycle through your playbook on the field with your controller, but it does take a little getting used to at first, and you'll want to turn off the play clock during the earlier sessions until you learn to more easily navigate your favorite playbooks. One other intuitive new feature is the ability to call custom hot routes for your receivers by swiping your fingers across the selected receiver and accepting the newly propose route.

The Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 features other impressive ways to play the game retained from other versions released this year such as Connected Careers and Madden Ultimate Team. The all new Connected Careers mode allows you to choose or create a player or coach in the NFL and play through the person's career for the whole ride or even just for a single season before switching to another player or coach the following season. Connected Careers is essentially a central hub for all previously released career modes in the Madden franchise rolled into one, and its easily the best way to experience the game for hardcore football fans. In addition, players can enjoy Madden Ultimate Team mode where packs of cards can be earned and purchased to unlock players usable on a custom team, and new challenges are added to the mode all the time to ensure you can continue to unlock better players just by playing the game.

Wii U Madden NFL 13 provides a good presentation that is trumped by Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but not by much. The new game does include the new passing trajectories, the need for players to see the ball in the air to make a play on it, new commentary from the CBS crew and more, but it doesn't include the highly touted and promoted Infinity Engine physics. Instead, the game will use the same recycled animations used in the last several releases of Madden on other platforms, but it's hardly a deal breaker, especially if you haven't picked up a new football title this year or have only been playing NCAA Football 13. Madden NFL 13 is a great title that's just as fun as other versions of the game, and its quite possibly the best sports title available at launch of any console ever. The game is head and shoulders above older titles during their release such as Madden NFL 06 for Xbox 360, and football fans will love the new features included in the Wii U version of Madden NFL 13 to pick up the new release even if they already own it for another system. Check out Madden NFL 13 on Nintendo Wii U today!

Madden NFL 13 is now available from all major retailers for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U Nintendo Wii. Madden NFL 13 is rated E by the ESRB. For more information on the game, check out the official Madden NFL 13 website.

Game Features:
  • Offline Players 1-4
  • Online Multiplayer 2-6
  • Special Touchscreen Controls
  • Play Madden NFL 13 on Gamepad
  • Connected Careers

  • Game Information:
    Developer: Tiburon
    Publisher: EA Sports
    Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U (reviewed) & Nintendo Wii Release Date: August 28, 2012 & November 18, 2012 on Wii U

    Score: 8 out of 10
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