Madden NFL 25 not releasing on Wii U

EA Sports won’t be releasing a Madden game on Wii U this year, the company has confirmed. 2013 marks a major anniversary for the franchise, with this year’s series release set to launch 25 years after John Madden Football debuted in 1988. But developer EA Tiburon’s latest game, Madden NFL 25, will only be released on Xbox 360 and PS3 this summer.

According to Nintendo World Report, the decision will mark the first time the annual series has skipped Nintendo platforms entirely since 1991. Last year, a version of Madden NFL 13 was released on both Wii and Wii U. EA Sports told the site in a statement: "We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013. However, we have a strong partnership with Nintendo and will continue to evaluate opportunities for delivering additional Madden NFL products for Nintendo fans in the future."

While EA has released multiple Wii U games since the console launched last November, including ports of Mass Effect 3 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted, recent multiplatform releases including Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, Crysis 3 and Dead Space 3 have all skipped the console. A Wii U version of Battlefield 4 isn’t on the cards either, while the recently announced FIFA 14 hasn’t been confirmed for the platform.

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  • winner2 - May 3, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    For a second I thought they skipped madden 14-24 based on the title, and got pathetically confused.
  • Bansheebot - May 3, 2013 7:13 a.m.

    Not really any reason for disappointment in my eyes. These other comments on the other hand...
  • sandplasma - May 2, 2013 7:11 p.m.

    I'm not trying to convince fanboys.
  • doominatorx6 - May 2, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    EA's just not supporting Nintendo because Nintendo told them to fuck off with their Origin and Online Pass garbage. EA is, to my knowledge, the ONLY third party publisher not openly supporting WiiU. And that's the reason.
  • shawksta - May 2, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    Well considering how 13 on Wii was just 12 stapled with a name, I'm not surprised its laziness but atleast EA is showing some concern and assuring, the Wii U version having the gamepad for routes was pretty nice though.
  • sandplasma - May 2, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    That's fine, if you really wanted to play Madden you'd get a serious system anyway.
  • shawksta - May 2, 2013 8 a.m.

    Its just as serious actually, especially with being able to draw routes, for the hardcore NFL fans, but it is a much bigger fanbase on the other consoles
  • Arobadope - May 2, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    "serious system" bro you're talking using some device to play things like pretend cowboys and indians (ok sure we call it Call of Duty or Battlefield, but same concept), warrior vs dragon to save a princess/kingdom, or detective to solve some made crime, as well as other things. No matter what, you're playing make-believe. To try and say Sony/Microsoft are more "serious" is like saying Ender's Game is more serious than the Foundation series, end of the day both are made up. Just enjoy games and stop playing fanboy, be a gamer again. (DISCLAIMER: This post makes generalizations, if you can't accept that fact or lack the mental capacity to understand that I suggest not responding.)
  • timeaisis - May 2, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    I like you.
  • JAM3380 - May 2, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    I like this post. First, I'm an occasional gamer (probably would play more than I do if I had the time), and have played Madden since the beginning. I love football, and find that Madden helps get that football fix during the off-season. But I play games from nearly all genres. I'm not going to get caught up in this genre is better than this, this game is better than this one. Either you like something, or you don't. But at the end of the day, they are still just games, not reality. Most "serious" gamers take them way too seriously. If it isn't about the particular console or pc they're using, it's the specific games. What some may like, others may not. That's the beauty of being able to think for ourselves. We don't have to let others dictate our preferences.
  • sandplasma - May 2, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    The reason I said what I said is because most games are released in all systems and PS and Xbox will always have better graphics, better gameplay, and generally be better supported by their developers. Yes we all know games are games, no one is pretending its real life. I just miss the days where SNES was a force to be reckoned with. I used to love Nintendo so it sucks that they went from what I consider to be a serious competitive system (SNES) to a purple kiddy looking gamecube to a gimmicky Wii (which had its merits) to a dying Wii U. (simply to fix the problems of graphics and broadband connectivity). Developers don't see it worthwhile to release COD or BF4 or even Madden now on a system for which the average gamer is 10 years old. Believe me I'd love to be surprised by Nintendo but that's not going to happen anytime soon. The best system they have out right now is the 3DS (and this is mainly due to their great games library because the Ps Vita has superior hardware, albeit with very few good games)
  • Arobadope - May 2, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    Better gameplay is subjective, better graphics doesn't make a better game or else games like LoZ: OoT or Chrono Trigger wouldn't STILL be considered some of the best games ever made, support by their devs depends on whether the game is primarily online or offline (read: single player or multiplayer), single player games of course aren't going to get much support, why should they? Not to mention Nintendo is in the business of not releasing a game half made or with most of its content gone only to be coming as DLC at a later date. Nintendo's systems are still good, the Wii had tons of gems on it that were largely ignored by the mainstream gaming press, the Gamecube may have 'looked kiddy' but it was stronger than the PS2 and rivaled the xbox in terms of power, and mind you if you're saying the GC wasn't "seriously competitive" based off of looks, that's your own personal issue. Wii U's graphics are fine, the PS4 didn't really reveal anything mind blowing at all. The average gamer on the Wii U isn't 10 years old, stop making up numbers. EA isn't supporting NIntendo because Nintendo snuffed them with their Origin service, COD is on the Wii U and I believe Ghosts is also coming, or it hasn't been announced yet. Also let's not forget bayonetta 2 is coming to the Wii U, ZombiU is out now for the Wii U, for two solely unique games off of the top of my head that are both mature games. You just seem to be a graphics whore and not even a real gamer. Again the term 'serious' is hilarious to use, not to mention you say the Wii U's graphics don't look good, when the PS4 offers something that's hardly better. Sorry but your reasons fall flat on their face when you actually analyze it. Death to fanboys, bring back the "real" gamers.
  • sandplasma - May 2, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    While I agree that gameplay is subjective, the majority of reviews agree with me in that people have problems playing with Wiis weird controllers. I also agree that better graphics do not make a better game, in fact most of my recent favorite games are indie with nice graphics and superior gameplay. This however DOES NOT excuse a game from having subpar graphics. I'm not saying that all Wii games suck but the graphics are not up to par with the competition. You cant always solely rely on story all the time. "Wii U's graphics are fine" - Yes they are, just ''fine'' rather than spectacular. Face it its a system that would have competed great with the PS2 and Dreamcast, not so much with the PS3 and XBox360. I wasnt even comparing it with the PS4. While I give it credit for introducing motion control, thats all it really did to an existing market. "The average gamer on the Wii U isn't 10 years old, stop making up numbers." Right, because the average gamer loves Paper Mario and Barbie. You need to accept that the majority of ''kid'' games are out on the Wii. You can make up an excuse for EA not supporting NIntendo but at the end of the day its only adding to its demise. I am not a "graphics whore" as you say and have been playing since the time of the TurboGrfx 16 and before so you shouldnt assume but since you are let me take a shot at it as well. You are probably an angry Wii owner that couldnt get any of the other systems and so now must defend the system because you want to feel proud of what you own and want other people to respect it. I'm not a fanboy simply because I dont like the Wii. You're the one defending it with all your heart. Look in a mirror ''fanboy'' .
  • Cyberninja - May 2, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Actually an average gamer would enjoy Paper Mario, last I checked young kids aren't into RPGs. also the line I have been gaming since X so I am not a Graphics whore line of thought doesn't work if you are going to say something's graphics aren't spectacular 2 paragraphs before that. Dude you lost the argument and are contradicting yourself in multiple places, like are you complaining about the Wii or Wiiu I really can't tell.
  • Redeater - May 2, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    I think it's best if we just let him rant on. It's pretty clear he doesn't know what he is arguing about. My best guess is that this is another example of "bitch for the sake of bitching". Getting called illiterate by someone with a severe case of schizophrenia.....that's a new one!
  • Redeater - May 2, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    "The best system they have out right now is the 3DS (and this is mainly due to their great games library because the Ps Vita has superior hardware, albeit with very few good games)" I love it when people completely invalidate their previous arguments.
  • sandplasma - May 2, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    No mr illiterate, I'm only referring to the Wii not the 3DS, I happen to like the 3DS.

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