Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Apr 6, 2011
    There is no question that many may likely enjoy this game; however, do not expect the complete Madden experience we have come to take for granted.
  2. Apr 13, 2011
    So EA didn't totally drop the ball; this offering just doesn't live up to the high standards we've come to expect from the Madden name. [April 2011, p.77]
  3. Mar 25, 2011
    In an era where millions of football fans obsess over stats, build fantasy teams, and even tune in to watch NFL combine drills, I'm not sure what audience EA is targeting by stripping Madden of its core multiplayer and franchise mode features. Nintendo handhelds may not always attract hardcore gamers, but that doesn't mean football fans who own the devices don't want a fully featured game.
  4. 60
    Madden NFL Football isn't a bad game; it's just empty. The content that's there is polished, but there just isn't a lot of it.
  5. Mar 31, 2011
    The lack of features, especially multi-player, really hurts the game.
  6. Mar 28, 2011
    I'm not saying Madden's first outing on the spanking new 3DS platform doesn't deserve any attention but for a first shot, it's certainly a disappointment. Rushed? It sure has all symptoms.
  7. Mar 28, 2011
    Feels like an over-long demo, and its $40 price tag is a hard thing to swallow for the amount of features that are present in the game.
  8. Mar 30, 2011
    It's a bare minimum situation that will disappoint even the most desperate player. We have to go back a long way to remember a Madden game that offered so little.
  9. Apr 4, 2011
    Everything about Madden 3DS is curious, from its timing (released well after the end of the NFL season) to its design (no multiplayer, no franchise) to its price ($40 when it should be half that). Our cynical side thinks it's an attempt to cash in on the excitement of a new handheld device, while our naïve side prefers to think of it as an honest attempt at meeting a deadline and having to prioritize.
  10. Mar 31, 2011
    The core gameplay is fundamentally solid and filled with potential, but it seems like the developers gave up at halftime instead of pushing through to the end. The end result is a featureless title that feels like a demo of things to come instead of a full $40 retail release, and the lack of multiplayer is a glaring oversight.
  11. Mar 24, 2011
    I was most disturbed by the game's complete lack of multiplayer functionality, and the inexcusable state of its season mode, the two things that are the biggest draws in today's Madden franchise. It should go without saying that you should pass on this rushed iteration of Madden.
  12. May 13, 2011
    More tech demo than anything else. [May 2011, p.65]
  13. Apr 14, 2011
    Madden's first outing on the 3DS is disappointing, not for its gameplay but for its lack of multiplayer and rushed 3D graphics. Sadly, it feels incomplete and there's little reason for a purchase, especially with Madden 12 just a few short months away.
  14. Decent gameplay let down by a lack of any multiplayer or other modes whatsoever.
  15. Apr 9, 2011
    Madden NFL Football offers up a bare-bones experience that fails to satisfy on any level.
  16. Mar 28, 2011
    EA's biggest problem with Madden NFL Football is that it insults fans of the series by only offering a shell of the NFL game they love, but while charging them the price of a full featured release. Truthfully, this game is worth about 50% to 75% less than what EA is currently charging. Just look at Madden 11 for the iPhone, a version with a similar feature set, plus multiplayer, priced at $7.99.
  17. Mar 28, 2011
    No multiplayer; extremely shallow feature set; 3D is mostly pointless.
  18. Mar 30, 2011
    What awaits you is not the heat of intense competition, but the icy, soulless embrace of computer opponents who bend and react with all the humanity of a game of electric football. How pathetic is this? The iPhone version, which is less than a quarter of the cost of the version found on this new-fangled device, has multiplayer capabilities. Chew on that one, and tell me it isn't a little salty.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 12, 2013
    The game is ok however the game was just too simple and didn't have many features (multiplayer and franchise mode) that the Madden games are known for. Full Review »
  2. Jun 9, 2012
    It's a decent football offering for the 3DS. It kind of sucks that there is not a multiplayer or online option. As well, the AI is not that difficult to defeat even on the most difficult setting., if you are just looking to kill some time and you are a madden fan, it is fun. I would pick it up as a used game though. Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2012
    this is a pretty good lil football game for on the go as a launch game im a tad more forgiving then most it still its fun for a play even though it has no online franchice or fantasy draft options Full Review »