Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. With more emphasis on quick-hit, easy-to-play mini-games and casual-centric visuals with extremely basic controls, Madden NFL 10 on the Wii might as well be referred to as Madden Lite.
  2. If you're a football fan who loves simulation and fine-tuning his team to strategic perfection, you're going to want to stick with the tried and true Madden formula on 360 or PS3. If you're looking for a fun game to play with some friends who aren't really all that interested in football or are relatively new to football, then Madden Wii is a good buy.
  3. 60
    If you have three friends who love the sport then Madden 10 will be great fun, but the single player portion has been ignored this year to the degree where it'll be extremely interesting to see if it'll be present at all in Madden 11.
  4. Madden 10 for the Nintendo Wii is very stylized version of their long running gridiron franchise. With original graphics, solid sound, and very Wii centric gameplay, there is no doubt that this game has made some drastic changes on this console.
  5. Tibruon has finally created a game specifically for the Wii that doesn;t seem like a hastily prepared port.
  6. This game is a tale of two bastardizations. In trying to satisfy both casual fans and those who want more depth, Madden NFL 10 for Wii tries to serve two masters. In the end I don't think it achieves either goal. [Sept 2009, p.91]
  7. What hurts the game the most is without a doubt the horrible commentary. It is extremely disappointing for a game like this, EA Sport’s signature title, to have so many problems in the sound department. It’s the one thing that prevents this game from being a solid purchase. If you only own a Wii and need to play a football game this season, then by all means go with Madden NFL 10. On the other hand, if you have a choice, I would strongly recommend buying the game on a different console.
  8. 80
    The game may not have the depth that some are looking for, but regardless, it'll still provide loads of fun.
  9. The game is not fast enough to play like an arcade game, yet the Mario Galaxy-like cooperative gimmicks are enough to make it seem like one. But either way you look at it, Madden NFL 09 is probably the better Wii football game.
  10. Really, it’s not a bad game, and is clearly targeted at the casual market and the younger generation, and considering that audience, it’s at the very least worth a rental.
  11. Madden NFL 10 on the Wii makes some great strides in differentiating itself from its counterparts, but it also neglects the major aspects that make those other versions so engaging.
  12. It’s not a perfect game, mind you, but it’s a breath of fresh air that reminds you how invigorating a game designed for – and not around – the Wii can be.
  13. Madden NFL 10 for me is exactly the type of football game I want to play for the Wii. Nothing too heavy or serious in the controls or gameplay modes that could turn away non-gamers and some hardcore gamers.
  14. 82
    Madden 10 is a fun Wii game - It just isn’t one I see many current Madden players getting into over a true-to-NFL offering. EA will grab new fans with this year’s Wii game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it also pushes away old fans in the process.
  15. 85
    Madden 10 on the Wii is enough of its own game that it feels like a fresh entry into the Madden franchise. It's like the supplemental reading to a literature course. It isn't a huge concern if you don't cover it but it provides a different perspective on the same subject.
  16. For anyone who doesn't 'get' in-depth gridiron action but wants in on the fun. [Dec 2009, p.60]
  17. The game proved itself to be accessible and enjoyable to everyone, regardless of any previous experience of the sport, with the hard-and-fast Showdown take on gridiron offering immediate gratification, and the Huddle-Up and Road to Superbowl modes giving plenty of scope for matches other than the traditional head-to-heads.
  18. That EA is making a concerted effort to create something unique for Wii is admirable, but at the end of the day, I'd rather play Madden NFL 09. [Sept 2009, p.89; score increased from 7.5 on Oct 2010, p.92]
  19. While you're still playing a regular old game of football, the variety of ways that you can play that game is grand and makes this a terrific title for casual football fans of any age.
  20. For those who fancy some non-serious gridiron action it's worth a look. [Nov 2009, p.98]
  21. It is a decent effort that does plenty right and very little wrong, any NFL fan would be quite happy with this arcade-like version of a classic game mechanic.
  22. The Wii version of Madden is still cutting its own way through the American Football games with its own style and ideas.
  23. All in all, I enjoyed Madden '10 on the Wii and can definitely say that it's the best version for casual fans.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Jun 6, 2013
    I love football. I love Wii. I Love Madden. I hate Madden NFL 10 on Wii. With god awful graphics, horrible controls, and lack of features, the Wii version falls very flat. The 360 version is really fun. But anyone who played Madden 10 on wii, would like to forget Madden 10 on Wii Full Review »
  2. Apr 27, 2013
    Decent sports game for the Wii. Found it pretty stupid you had use codes to unlock more game modes. The game also froze multiple times when I was in the middle of a superstar game. I will give the game props for it's fun and intriguing 5 on 5 mode. Full Review »
  3. Sep 16, 2010
    Ughhh... this game reaks its terrible compared to other maddens the only thing i liked to do was madden showdown everything else was really bad. My friend always used to play the game and would suck me into playing it with him and it was just awful, more like really boring actually. Full Review »