Madden NFL 99

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Madden NFL 99
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Developer(s) EA Tiburon
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series Madden NFL
Platform(s) Nintendo 64, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
Release date(s) PC
  • NA September 30, 1998
Nintendo 64
  • NA September 1998
  • EU January 1999
  • NA July 31, 1998
  • EU 1998
Genre(s) sports
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Madden NFL 99 is a football video game. It features John Madden on most covers, but the PAL version featured Garrison Hearst on the cover. It was available for both the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation, with the latter version being in rendered polygon 3D graphics for the first time. The game's commentary is done by Madden and Pat Summerall.


  • The game was the first to feature the concept of covering the ball while running and the chop block and "clothesline" techniques which were later scrapped and moved to players simply tackling ball-carriers. Although players' heights now resemble their real life counterparts, all players share the same sized physiques. The game also had twelve historic teams including the 1978 Steelers and 1985 Bears and secret teams such as the Tiburon sports team and NFL All-Star teams from each decade. The Cleveland Browns, who were a year away from rejoining the league, can be accessed for exhibition games via the password "WELCOMEBACK".
  • This was the first Madden game to feature Franchise Mode, in which the user could control their team for 15 seasons, complete with realistic NFL type schedules consisting of alternating inter-conference divisional opponents. The user was able to trade, sign/release and draft players. There were a couple of drawbacks to this feature, the first being was that only one player/team owner was allowed to participate during the same franchised season, and the second prohibited any created players from being added to specific teams or to the free agent pool.

Glitches and errors[edit]

  • Offensive Players progressively get better in attributes, while defensive players rise slowly.
  • There is an abundance of 90+ rated kickers and punters in the NFL Draft in Franchise Mode and less players rated at any other position, and draft talent differs from year to year.
  • The NFL Draft in Franchise has only 4 rounds as opposed to 7 in real-life, and if the player simulates the rest of the draft, they will forfeit their remaining picks.
  • If the player waits too long to throw, the player will receive a penalty for holding.
  • The play clock occasionally will not display on screen after calling a play.

Free agents[edit]


The Denver Broncos had the best team overall in the game with a score of 92. The worst teams in the game were the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins with a score of 70. The best offense in the game belongs to the Green Bay Packers with a score of 95. The best defense in the game belongs to the San Francisco 49ers with a score of 97. The best special teams in the game belongs to the New England Patriots with a perfect score of 100.

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