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When Madden NFL 07 was first announced for current and next generation consoles, no one knew how the title would play out on Nintendo's newest console, the Wii. Seeing how Nintendo is heading in a different direction all together than that of Sony and Microsoft, EA decided to enlist the help of the talented team over at EA Canada to create a unique football experience just for the Wii.
At this year's E3 Expo, Nintendo had 27 titles playable within the walls of their booth, and Madden was one of those titles. After waiting for almost three hours just to get inside the Wii section, gamers, developers, and exhibitors alike were treated to a unique experience.
For the most part, Madden plays very similar to previous versions; the only real difference is how you interact with the game. Madden of old require you just to press this button, or press that button to pass the ball, but within Madden NFL 07 for the Wii, you actually get into the action. Seeing how most gamers aren't use to these types of games, the control setup takes a little bit getting use to.
The quarterback challenge mode was the first part of the demo. This is the best mode to get use to the controls rather quickly. To hike the ball (also in the game), you would flick the Wii remote upward. Once the ball is hiked, you are given four targets. Maddens of old assigned a receiver to their own button, but in this version, the receivers are assigned to the D-pad. You will be asked to through the ball to the receiver on the right. To do that, simply presses right on the D-pad, and then swing the Wii remote in a throwing motion. The faster the motion, the faster the ball is thrown.
The control setup for running is also simply, and involving. When you are trying to juke a tackler, simply just move the nunchuck in the direction you want to go. The faster you move the nunchuck, the sharper the juke. For stiff-arming, you simply move the Wii direction in the direction of the tackler, thus putting up a block. Other running moves include:
- Spin move - A button
- Dive - B button
- Cover the ball - C button
- Sprint - Z button
Graphically, Madden NFL 07 is better than most of the other titles displayed by Nintendo for the Wii console. Details arenít on par with Xbox 360 or PS3, but you are able to distinguish each player from the other and see an overall polished look that is pleasing to the eye. The game ran rather smooth with no hiccups to speak of, which can be credited to the hardware not changing as much from one console to another.
All in all, if you weren't a football fan before, you may want to try your hand at the new and improved version of Madden. Because if this title is a sign of things to come, you can see a lot of non-sport gamers taking an interest sports titles.
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