Analyst says Madden 10 didn’t do well because of Madden 09

By Stephany Nunneley
12 September 2009 17:30 GMT


Jesse Divnich, games analyst at EEDAR, has said that the reason Madden NFL 10 sales have been so disappointing on Wii so far, is because Madden NFL 09 on Wii left a bad taste in gamer’s mouths.

According to sales figures, the franchise saw a 42 percent decline in sales on the console and EA CEO John Riccitiello went so far as to call sales for the title “discouraging”.

“I believe many diehard Madden fans, who transitioned from the PS2 to the Wii, made their yearly Madden purchase in 2008 and realized that the Wii could not offer the same experience they have grown accustom to (online play, realistic graphics, in-depth team management),” Divnich told Joystiq.

“Avid Madden fans have the curse of knowledge … and they know that Madden cannot offer the same experience on the Wii as it did for the PS2,” he continued, citing Wii’s motion control gameplay versus DualShock 2 – which he compared to playing a FPS on consoles instead of PC.

“Anyone introduced to the FPS category through the keyboard/mouse combination even still today refuses to accept the analog controllers as a legitimate FPS controller,” he remarked.

Madden NFL 10 was the best selling title for August, moving 928,000 units for Xbox 360, 665,000 on PS3, 160,000 on PS2, and even came in at number 17 on Wii via the NPD Top 20.

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