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Cover of the PlayStation version of Madden 99.
Cover of the PlayStation version of Madden 99.

Madden NFL is an American football video game developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA) for EA Sports. The Madden NFL series consistently is one of the top selling video games in North America every year. The first version of the game was released in 1989 for the PC, as John Madden Football. The first console version (and the version that made it a top-selling franchise) for the Sega Genesis followed in 1990 with a Super Nintendo version available a year later. EA Sports has released annual updates for all versions since 1991's John Madden Football '92. The series gained full NFL licensing and became known as Madden NFL with 1993's Madden NFL '94; NFL players licenses came two years later. Image File history File links Game cover for Madden 99, part of the Madden NFL game series. ... Image File history File links Game cover for Madden 99, part of the Madden NFL game series. ... The PlayStation is a video game console of the 32-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid 1990s. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) is a leading video game developer and publisher. ... EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... World map showing location of North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere, bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The tower of a personal computer. ... The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a current generation video game console. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL Version) The North American Super Nintendo Entertainment System The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as the Super NES or SNES, is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, and Australia. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


The game is currently available for Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and PlayStation Portable. EA has already released CGI renderings for Madden NFL 06, which is scheduled to come out on 11/22/05 for the Xbox 360 next-generation gaming console from Microsoft. The Xbox was Microsofts first game console, released on November 15, 2001. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, after the PlayStation. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... The PlayStation is a video game console of the 32-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid 1990s. ... Microsoft Windows is a range of operating environments for personal computers and servers. ... The Nintendo DS is a dual-screen portable handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... The Game Boy line is the best-selling handheld to date The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a handheld videogame console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ... The PlayStation Portable (PSP) is a handheld game console and a product of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. ... The seawater creature in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ... Madden NFL 06 is an American football video game which was released on August 8, 2005. ... Xbox 360 is Microsofts successor to their Xbox video game console, previously referred to during development as Project Xenon, Xbox 2, or Xbox Next. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worlds largest software company, with over sixty thousand employees and headquarters in various countries as of May 2004. ...

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History

CGI renderings of Madden NFL 2006 (Xbox 360).
CGI renderings of Madden NFL 2006 (Xbox 360).
Screenshot of Madden NFL 2006 (PlayStation 2 version).
Screenshot of Madden NFL 2006 (PlayStation 2 version).
Screenshot of Madden NFL 2001 (Nintendo 64 version).
Screenshot of Madden NFL 2001 (Nintendo 64 version).
Screenshot of John Madden Football 93 (Sega Genesis version).
Screenshot of John Madden Football 93 (Sega Genesis version).

The game is named after John Madden, a well-known football commentator and formerly a successful football coach during the 1970s. Madden insisted that he would only give his endorsement to a game that was as close to real life football as possible. He rejected an early version of the game when the limitations of 1980s computers restricted the display to seven players per side. Image File history File links Screenshot of Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Screenshot of Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Xbox 360 is Microsofts successor to their Xbox video game console, previously referred to during development as Project Xenon, Xbox 2, or Xbox Next. ... Image File history File links Screenshot of Madden NFL 2006 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Screenshot of Madden NFL 2006 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, after the PlayStation. ... screenshot N64 Madden_NFL_2001 by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... screenshot N64 Madden_NFL_2001 by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... The Nintendo 64, commonly called the N64, is Nintendos third home video game console. ... screenshot Sega Genesis John_Madden_Football_93 by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... screenshot Sega Genesis John_Madden_Football_93 by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... Commentator John Madden John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936 in Austin, Minnesota) is a former American football coach for the Oakland Raiders who later became a TV football announcer, author and commercial pitchman for various products and retail stores. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ...


The game has grown, refined and matured over the years, adding many new features. Among these is voice commentary, allowing players or watchers to hear the game being called as if it were a real game on TV. The commentary is by John Madden teamed with his regular broadcast partner, which meant Pat Summerall until he retired; the role is now filled by Al Michaels, John's regular broadcast partner on Monday Night Football. Television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. ... Pat Summerall (born May 10, 1930) is an American football play-by-play announcer for ESPN. He has previously worked for CBS (1962-93) and Fox (1994-2002). ... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American television sportscaster. ... Commemorative Monday Night Football U.S. postage stamp Monday Night Football is a television broadcast of one of the premier National Football League games of the week. ...


The original version of the game was commissioned by EA founder Trip Hawkins in 1984, and originally ran on an Apple II. EA had just shipped the hit Dr. J and Larry Bird Go One on One and would soon begin work on Earl Weaver Baseball and World Tour Golf, which together were the foundation for the EA Sports line of video games. The Apple II was not fast enough to show all the players running in real formations on the field. After several years of unsuccessful experiments the game finally shipped in the late 1980s and did not sell well. William M. Trip Hawkins III (born 1953) is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of Electronic Arts, The 3DO Company and Digital Chocolate. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... Dr. J and Larry Bird Go One on One, more commonly known as One on One, is a 1983 computer sports game for the early era of home computers. ... Earl Weaver Baseball is a baseball computer simulation game (1987), designed by Don Daglow and Eddie Dombrower and published by Electronic Arts. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ...


When the Sega Genesis gained popularity in the early 1990s, EA tried again. Producer Richard Hilleman brought in veteran sports game designer Scott Orr, who had founded 1980s Commodore 64 game publisher GameStar and had led the design of their games. The team of Orr and Hilleman designed and led the development of what is today still recognizable as the modern Madden Football, the highest revenue-generating video game series in North America in game history. // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ... Richard Hilleman is an American computer game and video game producer best known for his work creating the original Madden Football game for video game consoles for Electronic Arts. ... Scott Orr is an American computer game and video game designer best known for his sports gemes and his founding of companies as an entrepreneur. ... The Commodore 64 (C64, CBM 64) was a popular home computer of the 1980s. ... GameStar is a monthly released PC computer game magazine, published by the IDG Entertainment Verlag in Germany. ...


There are multiple modes of play, from a quick head-to-head game to running a team for a whole season or even multiple seasons. Online play, which was a new feature for Madden NFL 2003 was only available for users of the PlayStation 2 console or a Microsoft Windows PC until earlier this year. At E3 2004, Microsoft and EA Sports released a press statement announcing that games made from July on will now be Xbox Live-enabled. In August of 2004, EA Sports released Madden NFL 2005 and thus became a fierce competitor in the Xbox Live Community. Screenshot Madden NFL 2001 (Nintendo 64) Madden NFL is an American football video game developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA) for EA Sports. ... Microsoft Windows is a range of operating environments for personal computers and servers. ... E³ logo The Electronic Entertainment Expo (or Exposition), commonly known as E³ or E3 , is the worlds largest annual trade show and the third largest gaming convention for the computer and video games industry. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ... Screenshot Madden NFL 2001 (Nintendo 64) Madden NFL is an American football video game developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA) for EA Sports. ...


Also, starting with Madden 2004, EA Sports created the new "Play Maker" tool, using the right analog joystick found on many controllers. This allows the players to make pre-snap route adjustments, as well as defensive alignment adjustments. In Madden 2005, EA Sports further utilized the right analog joystick by creating the "Hit Stick", and option on defense that allows the controlled player to make big hits that can cause fumbles. In the most recent edition to the Madden series, Madden 06, the truck stick was introduced. This feature allows the offensive player to lower his shoulder and break a takle, or back juke to avoid one. Another new feature is the 'Superstar Mode', which allows the player to take control of a Rookie, and progress through their carrer. This includes an IQ test, the NFL draft, hireing an agent, and other aspects of a superstars life.


On December 13, 2004, EA Sports announced it had secured exclusive rights to the NFL for the subsequent five years, precluding any other game company from selling a football game using NFL players, teams, stadiums or other licenses. December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The "Madden curse"

Prior to 2000, all of the Madden NFL game box covers prominently featured John Madden only. When EA started to have NFL players on the cover of the Madden NFL games, some people speculate there was a "Madden curse" after noticing a pattern when Atlanta Falcons' star player, Michael Vick was injured during the 2003 preseason after appearing on the cover of Madden 2004. Some of the people that believed in the curse stated that the player featured on the box would get injured or simply have a weak season. This article is about the year 2000. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Conference NFC Division South Year Founded 1965 Home Field Georgia Dome City Atlanta, Georgia Team Colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Jim L. Mora League Championships None The Atlanta Falcons are a National Football League team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons NFL franchise. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The first NFL player to be on a Madden NFL cover was Barry Sanders in 1999, on the 2000 version of the game. He shared the cover with the customary picture of John Madden. However, a week before training camp began in 1999, he abruptly retired, ending his career and leaving the Detroit Lions without their star running back of the previous 10 years. Sanders' part in the curse is debated because he is not solely pictured on the box. Barry David Sanders (born July 16, 1968) was a running back in the National Football League who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Conference NFC Division North Year Founded 1930 Home Field Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan Team Colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Steve Mariucci League Championships (4) NFL Champions: 1935, 1952, 1953, 1957 Conference Championships (4) NFL National: 1952 NFL Western: 1953, 1954, 1957 Division Championships (4) NFL West... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ...


Eddie George of the Tennessee Titans, who graced the 2001 box, was the second cursed player. He was cursed by bobbling a pass in the playoffs, which was then picked by Ray Lewis, who returned the ball for a touchdown. He was also injured the following year. George, who regularly averaged nearly 4 yards per carry in his first five seasons, averaged only 3 yards per carry in the 2001 season, and hasn't broken 3.5 yards since. Edward Nathan George, Jr. ... Conference AFC Division South Year Founded 1960 Home Field The Coliseum City Nashville, Tennessee Team Colors Navy, Titans Blue, Red, and Silver Head Coach Jeff Fisher League Championships 2: 1960 (AFL), 1961 (AFL) The Tennessee Titans are a National Football League team based in Nashville, Tennessee. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


In 2002, it was Daunte Culpepper, of the Minnesota Vikings, who had a lackluster year and feuded with his star receiver Randy Moss. In the two years that followed, the usually efficient Culpepper threw for 32 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Culpepper while playing for UCF Daunte Culpepper (born January 28, 1977 in Ocala, Florida) is an American football player and currently is the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. ... Conference NFC Division North Year Founded 1961 Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome City Minneapolis, Minnesota Team Colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike Tice League Championships (1) NFL Champions: 1969 Conference Championships (4) NFL Western: 1969 NFC: 1973, 1974, 1976 Division Championships (16) NFL Central: 1968, 1969 NFC... The offensive team or offense in American football or Canadian football, is the team that begins a play from scrimmage in possession of the ball. ... Randy Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders NFL franchise. ...


Marshall Faulk, of the St. Louis Rams, who was on the 2003 box suffered an injury and had a bad season overall. He has yet to break 1,000 yards rushing since. Marshall Faulk breaking a tackle from Patriots CB Ty Law Marshall William Faulk (born February 26, 1973 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football player in the National Football League. ... Conference NFC Division West Year Founded 1937 Home Field Edward Jones Dome City St. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The aforementioned Michael Vick, of the Atlanta Falcons, suffered a broken fibula in a pre-season game against Baltimore. Coincidentally, this happened the day after Madden 2004 was released. The result of that injury would be that the Falcons would suffer a painful 5-11 year. The fibula (Calf Bone) is a bone placed on the lateral side of the tibia, with which it is connected above and below. ... Conference AFC Division North Year Founded 1996 Home Field M&T Bank Stadium City Baltimore, Maryland Team Colors Black, Purple, and Metallic Gold Head Coach Brian Billick League Championships 1: 2000 (Super Bowl XXXV) The Baltimore Ravens are a National Football League team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ...


Madden 2005 featured Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens. He had an injury that kept him out of the last game of the regular season against the Miami Dolphins. The Ravens won, but missed the playoffs altogether. It was also Lewis' first season without a single interception after posting a career-high (6) the previous year. Ray Lewis (born May 15, 1975 in Bartow, Florida) is an American football linebacker for the NFLs Baltimore Ravens. ... Conference AFC Division North Year Founded 1996 Home Field M&T Bank Stadium City Baltimore, Maryland Team Colors Black, Purple, and Metallic Gold Head Coach Brian Billick League Championships 1: 2000 (Super Bowl XXXV) The Baltimore Ravens are a National Football League team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ...


EA officials point out that Ray Lewis and former Tennessee Titan Eddie George appeared on the covers of the 2005 and 2001 versions, correspondingly, and had successful seasons without injury. [1]


The Philadelphia Eagles' star quarterback Donovan McNabb is on the cover of the current version, Madden NFL 06. The season began with him feuding with WR Terrell Owens who ironically was on the cover of Sega/Take Two's ESPN NFL 2K5 which was forced into early retirement by Madden when it acquired the exclusive rights from the NFL. He also played with a severe abdominal strain that needed surgery and will leave him in discomfort and pain all season. Conference NFC Division East Year Founded 1933 Home Field Lincoln Financial Field City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team Colors Midnight Green, Silver, Black, and White Head Coach Andy Reid League Championships (3) NFL Champions: 1948, 1949, 1960 Conference Championships (3) NFL Eastern: 1960 NFC: 1980, 2004 Division Championships (9) NFL East: 1947... The quarterback is a position in the offensive backfield of American and Canadian football, directly behind players of the line. He is generally the leader of the offensive team when it is on the field, responsible for initiating play by receiving the snap of the ball from the center. ... Donovan Jamal McNabb (born November 25, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. He attended Syracuse University. ... Madden NFL 06 is an American football video game which was released on August 8, 2005. ... Terrell Owens, Wide Receiver for Philadelphia Eagles Terrell Owens (full name: Terrell Eldorado Owens, popularly referred to as T.O., born December 7, 1973, in Alexander City, Alabama) is an American football wide receiver, currently playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. ... This article is about the video game company. ... Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. ... ESPN NFL Football is an American football video game series formerly known as the NFL2K series. ...


Criticism

The Madden NFL series each year is given annual updates that are generally small, sometimes a new feature or two, and updating the graphics slightly, all for the same $50 price as last year. Still the game sells well each year because of player movement in the NFL.


References

  1. ^ "McNabb has history with 'cursed' products". ESPN. URL accessed on June 21, 2005.

June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

NFL Blitz was a sports video game based on the NFL and published by Midway Games until 2005 when the NFL signed an exclusive licensing deal with EA Sports. ... NFL Street is a sports video game developed by Tiburon and published by Electronic Arts. ...

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Madden NFL 2004 is the 14th installment of the Madden NFL series.
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Madden 2003 for the PC was arguably the best football game released last year regardless of platform.
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