Madden NFL Football

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Madden NFL Football
Madden 3DS logo.jpg
Logo for Madden NFL 3DS
Developer(s) EA Sports
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series Madden NFL
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s)
  • NA March 27, 2011
  • UK March 31, 2011
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single-player

Madden NFL Football is a sports video game for the Nintendo 3DS which was developed by EA Sports.[1] The game was developed by EA Sports North Carolina in Raleigh.[2] First images of the game were shown by IGN in early December 2010.[3] The game was released as a 3DS US launch title on March 27, 2011.[4]


The game inherits features from past Madden games. Other than the traditional 11-on-11, the game also features a 5-on-5 mode, returning from Madden NFL 09 All-Play on the Wii. The 5-on-5 mode can also be used in Season Mode.[5] The game also features GameFlow, a feature from Madden NFL 11 where the AI automatically selects the play depending on the game situation.[6] Players also can select whether or not to include GameFlow, or play with an arcade version. Standard versions are also available.[7] From Madden NFL 10, also from the Wii, is Spotlight Moment, where the game goes into slow motion whenever a critical event occurs.[8][9] Also from the Wii games, players can Call Your Shots, where players press the Y button to call their own routes for the receivers.[10]


The game was poorly received by critics, with IGN giving it a 5.0, saying that poor AI, lack of multiplayer and season mode only counting records, were main factors.[11] However, USA Today praised the addition of GameFlow, Call Your Shots and the circle pad, with the main issue being the 3D effects. The newspaper ultimately gave the game a 3.5 out of 5.[12] GameInformer gave the game a 6, with the same reasons as IGN, as well as the inability to select your own players in 5-on-5 mode.[13] Operation Sports criticized the game's Season mode for its lack of longevity, as players can only play the team's 2010 season, and once the season is over, the players must start a new one, as well as the inability to make trades.[14]