EA has released Wii U-specific launch trailer for Madden NFL 13. It’s after the break.
Madden NFL 13 is coming to the Wii U. Unfortunately, because Electronic Arts is adamant to port a few of their titles to the platform this year, the game is lacking features, including no support for Infinity Engine — a huge addition to the other versions of the game that improves the physics quite considerably — along with the “Ultimate Team” mode and “Online Team Play”. They added a few things to the game though:
…like being able to draw your own hot routes and being able to change your plays on the fly and create your own plays, giving you the ability to do whatever you want to do pre-play. Play-calling is another area that could be underestimated at face value. You have your playbook fully exposed to you. You don’t have to dig through menus and dig back out of menus to find the perfect play. There’s a lot of searching around, I think, on the other consoles. Just the way it’s laid out enables you to access everything very quickly. Then, of course, you’re able to utilize substitutions and packages, making changes very simply and very intuitively by just tapping and swiping the screen.
But it’s a shame the game won’t be the complete experience. It also won’t be an experience that’s available outside of North America, considering it’s only coming to that region. But considering the franchise is mostly targeted to that region, I don’t think that’s as big of a loss.
When asked about the Wii U’s GamePad, Yuri Bialoskursky — the producer of Madden NFL 13 — has said:
There’s definitely going to be a period of adjustment there. That’s all out of our control, but when we’ve been playing it all throughout development, it’s not uncomfortable at all. The way that it’s laid out, the final controller, is actually very comfortable, and the way that it’s all laid out with our features, is all done in a way that isn’t intrusive to the game. It’s all done in the flow and the context of how the plays are supposed to game and the game really flows. It works really well.
This isn’t that much of a surprise though. Nintendo hasn’t always made perfect decisions in regards to their controllers, but I’ve never found them to be uncomfortable.
IGN has received an invitation to an EA-hosted event that focuses upon their EA Sports titles, along with the confirmation that the event will include “EA Sports announcements on Wii U”. At the event, FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, NHL 13, and NBA Live 13 will shown, but it’s not clear if all of these titles will be for the Wii U. FIFA 13 was already confirmed though, and we probably can expect to see Madden too.