Madden NFL 07 Wii


Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
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  1. 90
    On its own merits, Madden 07 for the Wii is as exciting a development in sports games as I've seen in a long time, and should be experienced by anyone with even a passing interest in a good game of football.
  2. On the Wii it is an entirely different beast. The game works extremely well with the Wii Remote and it’s great that EA took the time to deliver a compelling product instead of taking the Gamecube version and just adding a minigame or too.
  3. These simple mechanics greatly enhance an already phenomenal product.. Furthermore, the inclusion of three very addictive mini games -- 2 on 2, Kicking Combine, and Y.A.C. Attack -- provides gamers with experiences they won't find anyplace else.
  4. It's not just intuitive to wave your hands around to play football, but it's also fun. Throwing the ball and seeing the motion echoed on-screen can give a huge sense of empowerment.
  5. In many ways, it treads the same ground as previous titles in the series, but the new control method is like a little mini-revolution for sports games.
  6. After playing the game on the Nintendo Wii it is hard to go back to the other versions as the game now draws you in it more and makes you feel that you are more a part of the game.
  7. The low-rent visuals are a disappointment, even for the Wii, but it’s a clear demonstration of how well the Wii controls can work in the right hands. Best of all, it comes from a place that no one ever expected.
  8. While some of the new control methods weren’t implemented as well as they possibly could have been, they don’t detract too much from the overall experience.
  9. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Scoring a field goal by flicking the Wii Remote feels genuinely satisfying. [Christmas 2006, p.74]
  10. With the graphics aside, this has to be the best version of Madden this year due to the control factor.
  11. Although it shows that it is a launch title with its graphics (faces), the controls and gameplay are excellent. This is the most excited I have been about a Madden game since "Madden 2001" for the PS2.
  12. 85
    Madden 07 leaves definite room for improvement, but it's a tremendous leap in the right direction. If Madden 07 is any indication expect EA and Nintendo to become very, very good friends this generation.
  13. Nintendo Power
    Some casual gamers may balk at Madden NFL 07's overall complexity, but it won't make any enemies of Madden fans, and the minigames will be the life of the football party. [Jan. 2007, p.102]
  14. 85
    It's a ton of fun, especially if a friend gets involved. The motion controls really adds to the competitive experience of the game and should lead to some intense living room battles. But the game itself has a distinctive retro feel, with its lackluster graphics.
  15. For those who don’t normally play Madden or who are looking for a good party version of Madden, I can not recommend a better version then the Wii. Of all the Madden games released since the days of the Genesis, Madden 07 for the Wii is the first that I was honestly excited to play.
  16. 85
    Sure, it's not perfect and it's nowhere near as gorgeous as the competition's console games, but the sheer playability, usability and unrivaled feel of the game experience is something that's worth way more credit than this game has received.
  17. Madden NFL 07 for the Wii isn't just a quick-and-dirty port. It's an excellent use of the Wii's motion-sensing capabilities that revitalizes Madden in a number of ways.
  18. If you own a Wii and you are a sports fan, this is one game that utilizes both controllers and shows off why the Wii is so innovative.
  19. Possibly the best new-gen (or any) version of Madden since 1995.
  20. Gameplay is definitely the most fun and/or frustrating I’ve had with Madden in sometime. When everything works, it is an awesome experience. On the other hand, when you are trying to think what motion you have to do with the Wii mote to hurdle, and you do the wrong move, it can be frustrating.
  21. 82
    I might not be alone in saying that Madden NFL 07 for Wii is the best version of all the next-generation platform versions.
  22. I actually found myself enjoying it a lot more than other Madden games in the past.
  23. And if EA manages to add more defensive options and sturdier motion tracking, Wii could become the best place to play Madden in years.
  24. 80
    The big question was how well the new controls would work, and though you'll need extra practice to kick well, the game passes the test, making for a solid bridge between two generations of game systems.
  25. Nintendo Gamer
    Fans will find a massive playing experience with solid controls. [January 2007, p.65]
  26. Having been playing the series since its early heydays in the 90s, I can honestly say I haven't had this much fun with a football game in decades.
  27. games(TM)
    This is a shining example of what can be achieved on Wii when thought and developmental talent combine. While the 360 version will be better for the purists, the sheer exuberance of playing the game on Wii is unmatched. [Feb 2007, p.114]
  28. I definitely had some fun with this game, but when I was having trouble calling pre-snap commands I couldn’t shake the feeling that for all this title’s individuality, I’d still rather play regular Madden.
  29. Madden 07 for the Wii may be just innovative enough to require a second purchase of the game.
  30. 75
    This game is a classic example of a developer being forced to innovate and embrace the Wii remote. Madden NFL 07 on the Wii is clearly one of the best uses of the Wii remote yet.
  31. Games Master UK
    It's good stuff, but rather than being intuitive it takes a lot of getting used to. Well worth a punt, though. [Feb 2007, p.84]
  32. The overall complexity of the game will immediately turn off the more casual players who were attracted by the control scheme. The hardcore Madden players will most likely prefer one of the more traditional console versions because of precision issues with the gestures.
  33. 65
    The pick-up-and-play impressions started out positive, but as I spent more time with it, the less I enjoyed the novelty and just wished I could play good football... It's all in the game on the field, and with a defense that's allowing old-school, Hail Mary money plays pretty much at will, this doesn't cut it.
  34. Controls aside for a second: the breadth of detail is stunning.
  35. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The developers should have spent more time fine-tuning the controls. [Jan. 2007, p.60]

Awards & Rankings

#13 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2006
#11 Most Shared Wii Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Sep 16, 2010
    This game was truly amazing my favorite madden of them all. too bad the madden curse totally screwed up shaun alexzanders life. Plus my copyThis game was truly amazing my favorite madden of them all. too bad the madden curse totally screwed up shaun alexzanders life. Plus my copy broke so I'm really sad. Full Review »
  2. NathanH.
    Aug 3, 2008
    The interactive gaming of the wii has made alot of the games that i have played alot better. But not this one. The wii controls work well and The interactive gaming of the wii has made alot of the games that i have played alot better. But not this one. The wii controls work well and all, but it wasnt nearly as fun as madden 06. I would suggest madden 08 over this game any day. Full Review »
  3. JeffZ.
    Dec 4, 2007
    Makes the current football games much easier to play, and I like that. I think I'm starting to tire on the Madden game in general though.