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I believe I've owned every Madden on a Nintendo console since 2001 (with the best being 2005, I might add) and this is the version I've looked most forward to in a long time with the launch of the Wii U. I even owned it twice in 2006 when the Wii was released! It's unfortunate "we" won't be able to play with the new "Infinity Engine" they are using with the 360 and PS3 versions but it seems like it's going to be a massive upgrade to the Maddens we have played on the Wii.
"EA is bringing many of the key Madden 13 features to Wii U, which is being developed by a dedicated team. Ideas like Total Control Passing, Girdiron Club and the new commentators are on the way. Plus the integration with Wii U's GamePad will allow players to make faster play calls, substitute players and create custom hot routes on the fly, changing the way sports fans will interact with a Madden game. Another key feature being brought to Wii U is Connected Careers, which allows up to 32 players to form a league. Bialoskursky noted that online is a big emphasis for Nintendo this time around, aligning with EA's own interests for its sports titles. On the downside, however, the Madden Ultimate Team feature will not be present this time around."
The Madden NFL 13 Wii U version will utilize the tablet controller in various ways. During a match, players can quickly swift through the interactive playbook to call plays on the fly. They cal also use the Wii U stylus to trace the route for a player to run on the field. The Madden NFL 13 Wii U version will also include most of the regular game modes, including career, manage a team, Connected Career mode, and online multiplayer as well. However, the game will not support the new Infinity physics engine, as developer EA did not have enough time to implement this feature.
The idea of being able to choose your play without your friend in the room being able to see or draw pass routes on the GamePad is awesome. I can't wait. See you online with the RAIDERS!
Played a couple of games this morning and, it's Madden alright. Probably could have played one from 10 years ago instead and not noticed much of a difference. But it's still fun! I'll have to decide if I want to go through and make some roster changes and get those reasonably up to date or not. Probably just big names like Anquan Boldin, Reggie Bush, etc.
I was able to beat the computer on Pro and All-Pro pretty easily, so I'll see how I do with All-Madden next time. I remember the last time I really played Madden, maybe 2005 or so, I found All-Madden much more challenging than usual, but maybe they've made it easier again.
It is definitely there. I'm in a league where my team was 100% handpicked by me.
I didn't set it up, however, so I don't know exactly what to do with it.
You might have to start an Online "Connected Careers" and just do it alone. Offline shouldn't be different though. There is an option, I believe, which is a Yes/No toggle for "Fantasy Draft?" Something like that.
EDIT- And YES, Nintendo got it right; game on the big screen, Madden on the small screen. XBOX gives you the exact opposite, and at a much larger differential in size. I don't know how the thumbnail in the corner at the top of the TV is even watchable.