Madden 11 Sales Open Strong

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Posted September 9th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

After a start to the year that saw dramatic declines in sales with UFC Undisputed 2010 and Tiger Woods 11, NCAA Football 11 was able to buck the trend by growing by 8%. Now the official numbers from NPD have arrived for Madden 11 and tell a similar tale. Overall sales for the game rose 12% year-over-year.

The 360 version actually fell slightly dropping 7K to 921K. However the PS3 has almost completely closed the gap by jumping to 893K. That is a rise of 26% there and accounts for the entirety of the sales increase for Madden 11. Total sales of 1.814 million in August for Madden 11 compares favorably to the 1.593 of Madden 10 and 1.643 of Madden 09.

It was the same thing with NCAA Football 11 receiving its boost from the PS3. No surprise in either case, as EA Sports marketed the games heavily with the prominent PS3 packaging. Despite the 360 consistently outselling the PS3 it seems to be picking up more of the sports market as more PS2 converts make their way over. The 360 side has remained stagnant on most yearly sports games over the past few years.

There are several factors that seem to have contributed to the rise in sales. The first that has to be considered is the effect of Madden 10. That game had strong word of mouth and seemed to reestablish the series’ credibility. In large part sales of yearly sports titles are indictments on the previous release or confidence towards a series.

Madden 11 also had some very influential pre-order deals. Walmart offered a $20 gift card, Amazon offered $20 off a future game purchase, and Gamestop provided 20K coins ($6.67 value). Also there is the “Online Pass” which pressures people into buying new rather than used with online play access. Post-release there were sales to account for that reduced initial cost in order to draw more consumers in. Essentially the game was never “full price” and that makes for a tempting purchase considering how much value Madden traditionally provides. The game also had a very strong marketing campaign that connected the emotion of the game with the upcoming NFL season.

Though reviews were actually down from Madden 10 and word of mouth seems weaker this year than last, it was a strong package to present including the way in which it would be attractive to the more casual gamers. There is no evidence though that actually succeeded as the reason for higher sales, and in turn it may have alienated some long time fans of the series. We probably won’t see whether that resulted in long term damage until next year, though if sales are weaker through the holidays that would be a sign (sales rose in those months last year). This year it has to be considered that a larger group of consumers that would have traditionally waited may have rushed out for it because of the deals and “Online Pass” situation.

EA is likely very pleased with the first month’s sales rising in a time where the gaming market has been down, when they probably would’ve been alright with a slight drop. The company is raking in additional revenue through initiatives such as the “Online Pass” mentioned earlier, Madden Ultimate Team mode, and various boosts and DLC.

  • John

    :(

    • Jprose75

      My A** hurts from EA bending me over once a year. E… A… Sports… we got yer money.

    • Anonymous

      Yo Pasta why dont you post the sales on each console for the past 2 years so we can see the numbers. I’m hearing Madden didn’t increase in total units.

  • Xcef2008

    I actually preferred Madden 10 to this version for some reason however I can see the success of NCAA 11 being a big factor for people who hoped Madden had also improved greatly.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      That seems like a fair assessment. I’ve said before that personally I think Madden 10 was a better game in 2009 than Madden 11 is in 2010.

      • Anonymous

        Sure in some ways that is true but most people who complained constantly about Madden were always complaining about the Presentation aspect of the game and in all fairness I think they addressed this.

        I can’t see football games every being univerally accepted. Milliions of people playing all with their own likes and dislikes. All that matters in the end is that the Majority of gamers like it and that it turns a profit. It would appear that this year Madden has accomplished that. The world doesn’t revolve around hard core forum/gamer boy. If you don’t please the massess then you will be out of business.

        On a side note, when is it ever the right time to reinvent yourself. EA is taking alot of flack over its plan with elite but that plan will result in the future progress of the genre. Change always comes at a price in the beginning but the end game is usually worth it. Anbody remember when we first went to 3d gaming. The sports games were terrible. Remember when we switched to Next Gen. The games were terrible. Every complany has a plan. Just look what 2k has done in year 2 of My player. EA will be in a similar situation next year with Elite when it hits year 2.

        • Anonymous

          MAN STFU with all that nonsense. Stop kissing elite ass man

        • Anonymous

          MAN STFU with all that nonsense. Stop kissing elite ass man

        • Nphillyk

          I would agree with your statement, but I personally feel that EA dropped the ball big time with Madden this year. Madden 10 was definitely the best Madden on next gen consoles, but then they had to go the casual route and screw the game up for hardcore fans. And while what you’re saying is true in terms of turning a profit, that also may come at a price as well. Losing the interest of the hardcore football/sim fan. Which in turn is a bigger loss because I would be willing to bet that the vast majority of Madden players are of the hardcore variety and not casual gamers. I for one can atest to the fact that Madden 12 may indeed be the first time I skip on Madden in 6 years. Madden 11 has created serious doubts about the direction of the franchise for me. It’s one thing for Elite to realize that they need to just start from the ground up and rebuild a foundation for the franchise. It’s completely different when you have a solid foundation already (Madden 10) and you fail to even remotely build on that. (Bare bones Franchise, Superstar, and glitch filled gameplay)

          • Blakktalon

            I was hoping skipping madden this year would make madden 12 worth it, glad to see the majority screwed it up for the few of us that actually held up our end and didnt run out and buy it.

          • Nphillyk

            My bad man. How was I supposed to know it would be trash??? lol

      • Anonymous

        Sure in some ways that is true but most people who complained constantly about Madden were always complaining about the Presentation aspect of the game and in all fairness I think they addressed this.

        I can’t see football games every being univerally accepted. Milliions of people playing all with their own likes and dislikes. All that matters in the end is that the Majority of gamers like it and that it turns a profit. It would appear that this year Madden has accomplished that. The world doesn’t revolve around hard core forum/gamer boy. If you don’t please the massess then you will be out of business.

        On a side note, when is it ever the right time to reinvent yourself. EA is taking alot of flack over its plan with elite but that plan will result in the future progress of the genre. Change always comes at a price in the beginning but the end game is usually worth it. Anbody remember when we first went to 3d gaming. The sports games were terrible. Remember when we switched to Next Gen. The games were terrible. Every complany has a plan. Just look what 2k has done in year 2 of My player. EA will be in a similar situation next year with Elite when it hits year 2.

      • http://twitter.com/Mason_drews Mason Drews

        Agreed
        but thats to be expected as last year was a new way of Madden this is just a slight improvement aka a new madden

  • Anonymous

    Great. This means more mediocrity next year. Why bother upping the ante when this many people are dumb enough to buy the game. Oh well. At least EA has their shit together for NHL and FIFA.

  • Rda03c

    Great. Just Great. It looks like we can look forward to another crap game next year. I can’t believe this – EA’s pandering to a dumbed down audience has ruined this franchise for every Sim player out there.

  • Ben St Paul, MN

    Great!!! Now maybe they will dumb the game down even more than they have already and just completely get rid of the online franchise for next year. Hey, with a little luck they might even send some guys over to my house to kick me in the balls over and over again then just take my 60 dollars. Then they could come back every couple of days and take a few more bucks. I can only hope so. Right?

    • Arod_111

      hahaha please make more comments like this

  • http://www.facebook.com/makin.edwards Makin Edwards

    I think a really good patch would bring this game back

  • Anonymous

    I think the PS3 is finally getting its foothold now and hopefully we will start to see the PS3 become the lead platform more often now and hopefully that will lead to some better games having BLURAY storage content to work with.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like daley has moved on from ELITE and now over to BLUE RAY

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5ATGC6GZYR6JOL2YNMWFFL5SII the juice

      I totally agree. A lot of problems (or better yet, the lack of improvement) comes from the fact that Madden is made for the xbox. Honestly, look how epic PS3 exclusive games are! I keep saying that if the exclusive license every ends and a Sony company makes a PS3 exclusive NFL brand game then it will blow everything we have ever seen out of the water. Including Madden and the 2k series.Think about how much better the MLB the Show series is compared to 2k. Think about how much better the game “NFL 12 the Road to the Superbowl” would be over Madden. One could only hope it would work out that way!

      • Nphillyk

        Sony once made football games before (NFL Gameday) and they were TRASH!!! While this is indeed a different era of sports video games, I cannot really agree with your comment. The Show is a great game though, just not that into baseball.

  • Anonymous

    I hadn’t really planned on getting this game with how good NCAA is but I picked it up last week and I’m very glad I did. In past years the 2 games have been very similar so with a multitude of good games coming out this fall I could not warrant purchasing what is usually the same game twice however after borrowing it from a friend I realized how different they are. Many people complain that is too difficult to jump from NCAA to Madden but I actually enjoy it because it hardly feels like the same sport. The speed, the graphics, the presentation etc etc. I’m really enjoying it this year and i think a lot of people thought the same way I did at first which is why sales were down at launch.

    • Rda03c

      What are you? An EA shill?

    • Rda03c

      I bet you only play in one-button mode in NCAA – maybe next year they’ll put that mode in Madden for you – then you’ll be happier than a pig in shit.

      • Anonymous

        Ya I got $5 for posting this my entire purpose in life is to go around different internet websites and post how much I loooove EA Sports and I make money off of it. And I recall saying I like that it’s difficult to transfer from game to game so how would this imply that I use the 1 button mode?

        Good call dumbass.

        • Rda03c

          My point is: you enjoy Madden because of how dumbed down it is – therefore, sir, you are part of the problem.

          • Anonymous

            That’s quite an assumption to make considering the fact that nowhere in my post do I even mention how I play or anything even remotely close to it being dumbed down. I call plays like I always have: through the formation screen withs subs. So I’m going to have to disagree with you on that one because you are making ridiculous claims with absolutely zero evidence from what I originally said to back up your statement about me liking it dumbed down.

          • Megamante360

            u are indeed the problem

          • Anonymous

            I really like this site pasta and I check it daily but you need to do something about the jackasses that post and attack people for no reason. It is the main reason I rarely post on here. I was simply trying to input my opinion on the game and a theory as to why sales struggled at launch but have since perked up. In no part of my post did I say I play the games dumbed down, which I don’t so I have no clue as to where this assumption has been founded nor did I post anything worthy of being called the “problem” whatever that is. Apparently the “problem” is people who post feedback on games in order to make sure the game companies continue with their good work or cease and fix the bad work.

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  • Anonymous

    I hadn’t really planned on getting this game with how good NCAA is but I picked it up last week and I’m very glad I did. In past years the 2 games have been very similar so with a multitude of good games coming out this fall I could not warrant purchasing what is usually the same game twice however after borrowing it from a friend I realized how different they are. Many people complain that is too difficult to jump from NCAA to Madden but I actually enjoy it because it hardly feels like the same sport. The speed, the graphics, the presentation etc etc. I’m really enjoying it this year and i think a lot of people thought the same way I did at first which is why sales were down at launch.

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  • Philly

    I give them congrats for wanting to make the game more for the casual fans (and make money) and succeeding. Maybe next year they’ll put together a complete game for everyone (or not haha). I know this, 2K is showing with their basketball games that they’re no excuses for leaving certain modes bare. Not saying that all their new features/filler will be good, but you can’t say they haven’t tried this year. Feels like EA holds back Madden sometimes, while FIFA and NHL get a lot of features that Madden needs.

  • http://www.woodsidemediagroup.com/ Amani

    You make a great point of how people can get the game for a substantially less that market value with Amazon, Walmart and Gamestop specials. We can say that making the game simpler (dumbing down) caused more general sales. We as diehard fans know the product quality is below past years standards. I also fear that EA wants to spread sales even more to the casual fan which will make for an even easier game next season. Shame on EA.

  • Geeznutz

    This is sad news now they really don’t have incentive to make a quality football game!!!! so expect to see the same tackle animations were one defender tackles the ballcarrier and the other defenders just roll to the side they cannot hit OR IMPACT the ball carrier once the animation starts force field running…. same shit every year! but you watch they will finally transfer the franchise options from first gen maddens and IAN CUMMINGS will come out and we really listen to the fan feed back and we have totally redone the franchise mode ! sure!!!!! whatever!!! when in reality its just old stuff from first gen maddens YEAH JUST LIKE LOCOMOTION was the big thing this year! even though locomotion was in MADDEN 04!!!! YOU guys keep drinking the FOOLAID! I haven’t since madden 07

    • Nphillyk

      Agreed. Every single next gen Madden has been absolutely terrible to say the very least. The only good one was last year and they took at least two steps back with Madden 11 this year.

  • Geeznutz

    This is sad news now they really don’t have incentive to make a quality football game!!!! so expect to see the same tackle animations were one defender tackles the ballcarrier and the other defenders just roll to the side they cannot hit OR IMPACT the ball carrier once the animation starts force field running…. same shit every year! but you watch they will finally transfer the franchise options from first gen maddens and IAN CUMMINGS will come out and we really listen to the fan feed back and we have totally redone the franchise mode ! sure!!!!! whatever!!! when in reality its just old stuff from first gen maddens YEAH JUST LIKE LOCOMOTION was the big thing this year! even though locomotion was in MADDEN 04!!!! YOU guys keep drinking the FOOLAID! I haven’t since madden 07

  • Rda03c

    Madden 12 sales pitch: Introducing the all new 1 button mode and game flow extreme! No more pesky strategizing and hurting your precious finger with all those buttons! One button does everything!!!!! And, as a bonus, NOW, we pick the plays for you – automatically with need to waste your time on planning a strategy!!!! Who wants to do that anyway!!!???

    Madden 12 – you wont waste one microgram of brain energy – it in the game.

    • need competition

      Who the fuck wants to use gameflow?

  • Kjjnesb

    Madden 11 has been awful in my eyes and I never understood why gameflow was such a big feature it was basically ask madden+googles I’m feeling lucky… I kinda feel like all we got was locomotion a bunch of cheesy cutscences and half of Gus Johhnson smh

  • Young Star Lyfe

    Why cant the Madden people be more like the Dominos people? The Dominos poeple atleat realize they have a shit product and they always confront it and say that they will do anything in their power to fix it and they promise great pizza. What do the madden people do? Just throw out the same game every year not improving ALL of their modes like they should.. I mean look at franchise still.. just lame..

    • MikeyP

      lol..i love the new dominos…but yes agreed

  • Yahir Marta

    I am so tired of all you people who complain.That’s all you do is complain!!! If you don’t like the game don’t buy it.It doesn’t matter what the topic is, you will always find something to complain about.If you have issues come up with your own ##%%% game and give it a rest.If you have a problem with this you can come see me any time.(enjoy the games they will never be perfect.

    • walkergodeep

      yeah i understand what u coming from but seriously man really do u think this game is good…when absolutely no rating matters except speed any one can break tackles like there Walter Payton..i ran over damarcus ware with kareem huggins…i bet u dont know who kareem huggins is..my point exactly this game is bullshit and we only buy the game cus we love football!!!!

    • Geeznutz

      I JUST WANT THEM TO DO SHIT THAT HAS ALREADY been done IN FIRST GEN!! football games!!! like the MADDENS for PS2/ NFL 2K5/ALLPRO 2K8 Thats not asking to be perfect ! thats asking them not to sell a football game in yearly compartments!!! ANOTHER WORDS HALF ASSING IT!! thats why I don’t buy this trash ass game!!

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Both EA and 2K have done that in the past. The honesty is appreciated but it hasn’t really resulted in any improvements that otherwise wouldn’t have been made. MLB 2K the last couple years has come out and basically ripped their previous offerings, and last year it could be described as mediocre at best. Overall though EA has been responsive to issues and they’re well aware of how consumers view their product.

      • Geeznutz

        Hey I totally agree I’m not a 2k,EA,konami or whatever basher I bought NHL 11 EA/ NCAA 11 EA/ I will be buying NBA 2K11 2k/ and I HAVE MLB THE SHOW10 sony/ i don’t care who makes the game i just want to play a good game period notice how all these games I mentioned have direct competition unlike the madden franchise!

    • TruthDotCom

      dude, its a lost cause…these kids will continue to moan about somethin no matter what…its sad to be honest

  • Yahir Marta

    I am so tired of all you people who complain.That’s all you do is complain!!! If you don’t like the game don’t buy it.It doesn’t matter what the topic is, you will always find something to complain about.If you have issues come up with your own ##%%% game and give it a rest.If you have a problem with this you can come see me any time.(enjoy the games they will never be perfect.

  • Dookieboy

    This is really unfortunate now EA thinks they are delivering a product people want. Madden 10 plays SO much better than Madden 11. I felt like skill was a factor in Madden 10. In Madden 11 I get away with so many more random oddities of pure chance as the game rolls the dice of probability. There is no defending the pass either. CB’s and FS’s drop passes left and right.

    Don’t even get me started on the “Online Pass” bullshit either.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5ATGC6GZYR6JOL2YNMWFFL5SII the juice

      Do you know why CB’s and Safeties drop the ball so much? The huge flaw in Madden 10 was the amount of interceptions. It’s funny that their solution to it was to just make them drop it more, instead of fixing the glaring FAIL with pass coverage.

  • sheredia

    honestly, i’m not sure i would’ve picked up madden 11 without the $40 gamestop trade-in deal for madden 10. i wonder how many other madden 11 buyers feel the same. that, coupled with the $20 gift card offer from walmart and amazon, might have had an impact on the sales increase…..i would be perfectly happy with an updated roster for an older version if i was happy with it.

  • Jaserino

    The place where Madden let me down the most was offline difficulty. I don’t consider myself a Madden expert however I’m playing at All Madden level (1st time ever) and I’m routinely blowing out the opponent as much as I want to win, a couple nailbitters here and there would keep me stay engaged. I’m not a fan of the stategy pad especially on defense as it’s very difficult to audible in time, however EA made good by patching it out. Overall I would have downloaded the updated rosters for Madden 10 from a non EA sponsered site as the main reason I’ve bought the game every year is for updated rosters, the features don’t change enough year to year to warrant purchase for someone who rarely if ever plays online.

    • Nphillyk

      Please tell me your secret to beating the CPU so easily on All Madden. Who do you play with? Because I get so frustrated with the broken tackles and dropped passes that I usually don’t even finish the game on All Madden. Plus I can’t catch an interception to save my life.

    • CJ

      If anyone knows of a way to download CURRENT rosters to use on Madden 10, please let us know. I’m sure that if it was possible, the majority of us would definitely take that route! lol

      • sheredia

        i’m sure SOMEONE is working on this as we speak……..lol.

      • sheredia

        i’m sure SOMEONE is working on this as we speak……..lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Ragland/13752595 Corey Ragland

    Well this disappointing news caps off a crappy day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Corey-Ragland/13752595 Corey Ragland

    Well this disappointing news caps off a crappy day.

  • TruthDotCom

    ha..ha!……let the moanin continue

  • Anonymous

    I just learned that the roster update will only have new transactions, and not adjusted player ratings. That sucks, as some of the players really need to be increased or decreased. Donny Moore said the next update after this one is sometime next weekend.

  • http://twitter.com/Mason_drews Mason Drews

    I traded in My 360 a month ago after 7 years and couldn’t be happier I <3 My Ps3 seems others are doing the same ATTN I'n NOT trying to start a flame war 360 is great too just not for Me

  • Nphillyk

    My biggest gripe with Madden this year (thought Madden 10 was pretty good) is the way they tried to make it appeal to casual fans while simultaneously alienating many long time fans of the series. I’ve always thought that you should at least know a little bit about football in order to be good at a football game. Apparently, EA does not share this sentiment. The biggest “improvements” this year have been strategy pad, and gameflow??? But hardcore gamers get left out in the cold with a terrible bare bones franchise mode that has no training camp, half decent owner mode, and broken player progression??? It’s ridiculous. I might not even buy Madden next year unless I see some hardcore evidence that they have improved in the above areas. And that’s a strong statement coming from me because I have bought every Madden since 2005.

    • sheredia

      i agree…..how about focusing on the faithful fans of the series?

    • Anonymous

      I think you are a little to assuming in your assessments. Its true that Madden hasn’t done much with franchise mode but not all “long time fans” are franchise players. Many are online players or just casual game players or season only players.

      Making the game more accessible to the next generation of Madden gamer is a must. Many of my friends who don’t play Madden, wont even touch the game today because it is too complicated to get into. Although I think the Strat pad was a good move they should have never made it mandatory and I am glad to see the original controls pack in the latest patch. I think they had this patch ready from the start. They were just waiting to see if they could float the strat pad without incident. They failed miserably.

      Complaining about Gameflow is completely off base. Everyone wants immersion. They want to feel as if they are in the game. What better way to do this than to script your own gameplans and run them. Its a brilliant concept that will be refined in coming years and it does speed up the game. What makes gameflow such a success unlike the Strat pad is that they didn’t remove the normal play calling system. Personally, I use a combination of gameflow and the normal playcalling system.

      EA has stated already that they are stripping down the code from NFL head coach and figuring out how to use it to beef up franchise mode. I fully expect you will see the franchise mode you want probably next year.

      • Nphillyk

        I don’t think I’m being too presumptuous in this situation because this is the feedback that I’ve been getting from many of the long time Madden faithful. I never said that ALL of the Madden faithfuls were Franchise Mode first players. What I did was give an example of how they have alienated at least part of that group of people by not touching the mode at all for the last couple of years. Nor was anything doing with Superstar Mode. What I’m saying is I think it’s the wrong direction to make this game appeal to the casual fan at the expense of the hardcore audience. The hardcore fans will always be the back bone of this franchise man, face it. I can understand trying to garner wider appeal but if you’re going to go that route you have to at least throw a bone to the long time fans. That’s all I’m saying.

      • Nphillyk

        One another thing. Stop trying to justify everything EA does with ridiculous comments like “I think they had this patch ready from the start.” Umm, no I don’t think they did. For one, that patch was just now released. A full month after the launch of the game. Two, their initial reaction to people’s compaints about the strategy pad was that people need to just get used to it and they will be fine. Me personally, my issue with the strategy pad was never whether or not I could used to it. It was the fact that they wasted time implementing something that didn’t necessarily need changing and could have spent that time developing other areas of the game. And please don’t respond with any nonsense about you knowing how long it took them to program in the strategy pad. Unless you are a dev for EA, please do not mention anything of this nature. I work as a Software Developer in order to make my living, so I would know. Lastly, you are the only “hardcore” Madden player that I’ve heard actually give praise to the addition of Gameflow. Everyone else pretty much says that it is a fancy version of Ask Madden. Which I happen to agree with. Again, I don’t have an issue with Gameflow as I usually disable it anyway and just call plays the same way I always have. My issue is again with use of resources. They could have took that time to implement a feature that would have blown us away, instead of something that just gets turned off by the majority of users. (Don’t bring up the stats posted on here about how many people use gameflow to call plays. It is extremely misleading)

  • juan de leon

    roster update out as of friday 7 am

    • MikeyP

      nice, thanks for posting!

  • Keith.

    Nice spin job, EA.

    Actually, if you look at PS2, Wii, and PSP sales, they’re DOWN this year compared to last. PS3 sales are the only ones that are up.

    EA’s got the best marketing/spin people in the world.

  • Bokinghbk

    AWESOME! I will start selling my dog’s doo doo. Its worth far more than this game. I will get Ian Cummings to do all my marketing. I have got to get rid of this game. I am afraid that it is going to curse my home or give my XBOX the red rings of death. There is a small part of me that thinks this game can be made playable. Kind of the way Luke Skywalker believed there was still good in Darth Vader. But it almost killed him to find out. E.A. Sports. Everythings Average Sports. its in the game.
    PEACE.

  • jusmegamer

    Once again, shows 360 users are way ahead of the curb. I have yet to even play the demo of this garbage franchise, and yes I say franchise, it has been garbage for so many years there are no reasons to keep even giving it a chance.

    • Udouce

      360 users are way ahead of the curb ? LOL, what the fuck is wrong with you ? You can actually say that just from this article ? You’re a douche.

    • Udouce

      360 users are way ahead of the curb ? LOL, what the fuck is wrong with you ? You can actually say that just from this article ? You’re a douche.

  • Beef Jerky Fanatic

    Madden 11 rocks

  • Daseffects

    People love NFL football so any NFL football game “ONLY 1″ will sell.

  • Anonymous

    “Madden 11 also had some very influential pre-order deals. Walmart offered a $20 gift card, Amazon offered $20 off a future game purchase, and Gamestop provided 20K coins ($6.67 value).”

    If anyone bought Madden 11 (or any game that’s come out in the last year or so, for that matter) for the full $59.99 MSRP, they are wasting a lot of money. I purchased NCAA 11 for $39.99 from Dell and had it in my hands 2 days after release. Free shipping, no tax…the whole nine yards.

    This is a huge reason why sales are trending flat to slightly up…retailers need to lower the prices in order to combat a struggling economy. If none of these offers were available in this economic climate, I guarantee that the numbers would be falling across the board. I know I would not have purchased NCAA 11 for full price, even though it’s a pretty solid game (I do not own Madden 11 and refuse to pick up any Madden until the Franchise modes are improved).

    • Anonymous

      And that is why you are NOT a part of the problem. You are not happy with Madden, so like an intelligent consumer you refuse to buy it. Unfortunately most gamers are not that way at all. They simply just “have to have it” and they are more than willing to accept a game that they don’t like for the sake of having a football game. The funny part is when they all complain about how EA sales of Madden have risen. PEOPLE: IF YOU WANT TO SEND EA A STRONG MESSAGE THEN STOP BUYING THE GAME.

      • Nphillyk

        Completely agree. Unfortunately, I may be a part of the problem. lol But there wasn’t necessarily any way for me to know some of the things that I would grow to dislike about the game until actually playing it for myself. I will be taking a wait and see approach next year.

  • http://twitter.com/amassicott alex massicott

    Maddden 11 is a good game, I’m happy for Ian and company. This is the 1st Madden I’ve enjoyed since Madden 08.

    • Frozone

      fuck you and ian cummings

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