Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Decent gameplay let down by a lack of any multiplayer or other modes whatsoever.
  2. Apr 14, 2011
    42
    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.
  3. Apr 9, 2011
    40
    Madden NFL Football offers up a bare-bones experience that fails to satisfy on any level.
  4. Mar 30, 2011
    20
    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.
  5. Mar 28, 2011
    40
    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.
  6. Mar 28, 2011
    40
    No multiplayer; extremely shallow feature set; 3D is mostly pointless.
  7. May 13, 2011
    46
    More tech demo than anything else. [May 2011, p.65]
User Score
5.4

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
    6
    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
    6
    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
    7
    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 »