Thankfully, it doesn't fumble like other Madden debuts on Nintendo consoles.
Over the years, the Madden franchise has managed to disappoint when it comes to debuts on Nintendo systems. Granted, the SNES got away with a great version of Madden NFL '94, but following that, it hasn't been so hot. The Nintendo 64's Madden 64 lacked the NFL players license, sticking folks with generically named superstars on familiar teams. And the 3DS version…ugh, don't even get us started. That still left a bad taste.
But now we have the Wii U version, and, to be honest, I was fearing it for a while there. The lack of the Ultimate Madden features, which most die-hard football fans live and die by, was hard to overlook. Not to mention the fact that the game lacked the Infinity Engine that made the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions look so realistic by comparison.
At the end of the day, however, Madden NFL 13 manages to make a moderately good debut on the console. And it's all thanks to GamePad integration that could very well pave the way for even stronger football games to come for the system.