MDM Announces Mobile Publishing Agreement with EA

Mobile Digital Media (MDM) today announced a publishing agreement with Electronic Arts that will bring Madden NFL 2005 to Palm OS devices. This new product launch marks the first time that Madden NFL 2005 has been available for handhelds.

Madden NFL 2005 works with a variety of Palm OS devices. Developed by MDM, the game has been completely updated for the 2005 season and will be available on plug-and-play SD/MMC cards at leading retailers and via online software download.

"Since Madden NFL debuted 15 years ago, the game has been considered the premier sports franchise in console gaming. With best-in-class graphics, terrific original audio and fluid game play, Madden NFL 2005 represents the new standard for handheld gaming," said Barry Cottle, CEO of MDM. "Madden NFL will now become the dominant franchise on Palm OS devices."

This version of Madden NFL 2005 features:

  • The Real NFL -- all of the NFL teams, new team logos, and player rosters completely updated for the 2004-2005 season.
  • Best of Class Graphics and Animations amongst Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC games and groundbreaking for Palm OS entertainment applications.
  • Incredible Flexibility of Game Play Options -- change stadium location, weather, allow player injuries, allow players to fatigue, change passing and catching options, control the frequency at which penalties are called and more!
  • Playoffs, Regular Season, and Exhibition game modes -- all tracked with updated game stats.
  • Multi-player head-to-head mode via Bluetooth or 802.11b (over the same access point) with compatible devices (feature update available later this year).
  • Create a Team -- the ability to create the team of your dreams though trades, or choose from an extensive pool of free agents.
  • Create a Player -- customize your own unique NFL player (feature update available later this year).
  • Actual Voice Recordings -- hear the real John Madden and Al Michaels commentary unique to this version of the game
  • A Jam-Packed Playbook -- call all the shots with over 200 authentic offensive and defensive plays

Madden NFL 2005 is available from MDM in October from major retailers and online at a suggested retail price of $39.99. It is also available from the palmOne online store.

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eamondaly @ 10/21/2004 1:44:19 PM #
Man, I hope they use the touch screen so you can actually tap your receiver to throw the ball. That'd be unbelievably fun.
RE: Excellent
RhinoSteve @ 10/21/2004 1:52:26 PM #
This has been in the works for a long, long time. EA got the right contractors here for a change.
RE: Excellent
hkklife @ 10/21/2004 2:16:12 PM #
PDArcade has a mini-review/initial impressions of the game. They played it on a lowly T|E and were very impressed with the graphics. It has a scaling playfield and good animation, even on a lesser Palm like the E.

I just hope this is the beginning of a trend and not a one-time experiment. I wonder if it will be possible to update the game with new downloable rosters and content like the PC versions of the EA Sports games? That would be especially important if there is not an '06 Madden but users want to keep their team rosters current in the future.

Also, any idea if this thing is Zodiac enhanced? Regardless, a very positive bit of news for the Palm platform. This'll help people take it a bit more "seriously" in light of the tons of new games coming out for PPC.

RE: Excellent
Kesh @ 10/22/2004 3:17:17 AM #
Yep, Madden 2005 will have a Zodiac-enhanced version available from Tapwave's website in November (download only).

RE: Excellent
maven @ 10/22/2004 1:49:50 PM #
I'm curious: Who were the actual developers here? They deserve some kudos!

Only 10 days left in October...

Gekko @ 10/21/2004 4:01:50 PM #

It looks great - BUT WHERE IS IT?

RE: Only 10 days left in October...
twizza @ 10/22/2004 2:43:07 PM #
According to a press release, it should be appearing for sale by the end of the month. I would wager that one may even be able to order it from some of the major game stores (EBGames, etc) so that they can start experiencing some of that PDA traffic too.


dstrauss @ 10/21/2004 4:05:01 PM #
'Nuff said. No more worlds to conquer.

The Black Moose @ 10/21/2004 8:14:12 PM #
How about, "sweet"?

Hmmm, I Wonder

Ba-gug @ 10/21/2004 4:46:15 PM #
I wonder if this trend (if it is a trend) will have any impact on the PlayStation Portable?

"Hambug or Ba-gug, that's me.!"
RE: Hmmm, I Wonder
JonathanChoo @ 10/22/2004 9:08:15 AM #
It won't.

No Madden DEMO?

Gekko @ 10/23/2004 5:32:42 PM #

Come on! Give us a DEMO where we can try 4 plays at least!

Not Impressed

dentenman @ 10/27/2004 3:37:16 PM #
I received my Madden NFL 2005 card yesterday and I can tell you that I'm unimpressed with the sloppiness of the release. There's no help menu, and the sparse start-up instructions tell the user that the manual is available on their website in PDF format. If that's true I can't find it. Using their online search feature is of no help either. They don't even acknowledge the game exists in Palm format on their support page.

Additonally the audio does not function on my device (T3). However, that may be due to a conflict with another app or something so I'll withhold judgement on that front.

-Tungsten T3, T, IIIxe

The Black Moose @ 11/1/2004 3:37:12 PM #
First off, I'll second the disappointment in a lack of a help file.

Next, I thoroughly enjoyed the game so far. It took a little time to actually get a good offense, now I just need to improve my defense. Graphics would look cheesy except that is on a palm sized screen, so I'd give it 4 for 5 on graphics. Play on a Zire 72 seems fine. As for sound, it is fine, but I am constantly hearing the same comments, which is okay for the moment, but not much variation.

One glitch I noticed is as follows: After a touchdown, I frequently go for a conversion. When I succeed, sometimes it says conversion succeeded. But, other times it would say my conversion failed when I actually did succeed. I am not sure what this is about, but if I succeeded, whether it says I failed or not, I am awarded the two points. If I actually did fail, then I do not get the points, obviously. While it is a problem, it can be dealt with. Also, the coin toss seems to favor tails quite a bit.

My scores (Yes, I am a Pittsburgh fan and I won all of these)

(Home) PIT 37 Dallas 7
(Home) PIT 20 Philadelphia 14 OT
(Away) PIT 22 Arizona 14
(Home) Philadelphia 24 Carolina 14

RE: Not Impressed
The Black Moose @ 11/1/2004 3:48:42 PM #

Either this game chews up processor power and therefore, battery, I play too much, or a combination of the two, the battery seems to deplete a bit faster.

Someone mentioned how sweet it would be to pass by tapping the stylus. Unfortunately, this is not so. Everything is accessed with the hardware buttons.

Madden NFL 2005 Demo now on Palmgear

Gekko @ 1/20/2005 2:19:12 PM #

There was no Demo available until now as far as I know.

Check it out.



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