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EA Set to Deliver Industry's Top Franchises to
Nintendo's Groundbreaking Next Generation Console

Redwood City, Calif, - May 09, 2006 - Huddle up sports fans, Madden NFL 07 is coming to Wii! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today confirmed that Madden NFL 07, the world's most popular sports game, is being custom-designed for Nintendo's groundbreaking next generation game console, Wii(tm). Conceived as an entirely original football experience, the game will put players on the field like never before. Using the console's unique remote to pass, kick, snap, throw, catch and run, players will interact with the game in an entirely new way. Boasting massive gameplay innovations inspired by the motion sensor of the remote, Madden NFL 07 maximizes the power and unique design of the game system. Madden NFL 07 will be on display at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, May 10-12, 2006. Additional titles currently under development will be announced in the coming months.

EA Canada has assembled a team of talented, experienced designers who are dedicated exclusively to developing games for Wii. The development team is incubating new gameplay ideas that are native to the platform.

"Nintendo is breaking new ground with Wii. The brilliance of their innovation is inspiring and we have dedicated ourselves to developing outstanding new play experiences for the platform," said John Schappert, Senior Vice President and Group Studio General Manager, EA. "Deploying resources against a single platform in this manner is a new approach for us - but it is the right approach."

Schappert added, "Madden NFL 07 is a Wii original. You may have played a football game in the past, but you've never played a game like this before."

"EA is renowned for their superior games," noted Reggie Fils-Aime, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "With their in-house development talent and the huge innovative leap the Wii controller and the system offer, we can't wait to experience the games."

Member Comments
# 1 Jimplication @ 05/09/06 02:13 PM

Honestly, I am not sure if I want innovation the way Nintendo is bringing it, in sports games. But we'll see.
# 2 Shamrock_11 @ 05/09/06 02:28 PM
Originally Posted by Jimplication

Honestly, I am not sure if I want innovation the way Nintendo is bringing it, in sports games. But we'll see.
I agree. It seems very gimmicky to me. I don't see how a motion sensor controller could add anything substantial to a football title beyond the passing game, and even that sounds risky to me.

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