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Madden 25 Celebrates Anniversary By Staying The Hell Away From Wii U

As a big Nintendo fan, even I don't care about this.
As a big Nintendo fan, even I don't care about this.

It’s been speculated in the media for quite some time now that EA Sports’ new Madden 25 would not be making an appearance on Nintendo’s Wii U, but now we finally have confirmation that will likely send all 42 sports gamers on the console into a deep, deep depression.

“We will not be releasing a Wii U version of Madden NFL in 2013. However, we have a strong partnership with Nintendo and will continue to evaluate opportunities for delivering additional Madden NFL products for Nintendo fans in the future.” — EA Sports representative.

Mommy can’t buy you Madden 25 this year, because it won’t exist on the Wii U. And it’s their big anniversary edition, no less.

There was a lot of buzz about the potential of the Wii U for Madden NFL games when it was first launched, as its unique tablet controller provided an intriguing potential to draw up strategies, pick plays, or view game stats without ever having to interrupt the flow of the game. All of the special capabilities the Wii U could provide to Madden 13, however, were marred by a weak sales push and an even weaker online gaming audience.

I can’t remember the last time EA Sports decided to skip a year of Madden for a major console platform, and that’s a very bad sign for Nintendo. Madden NFL is the highest selling sports franchise in North America, and the second biggest in the world, and while Nintendo has yet to really reep those benefits anyway, it’s still an embarrassing moment for the Wii U. With only a few months until the expected unveil of the “new console generation” with Microsoft and Sony, you have to wonder what Nintendo can do to stay relevant.

This probably isn’t the best start.

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