Further confirming its support for Nintendo's Wii, major game publisher Electronic Arts has announced that both Madden NFL 07
and Need for Speed Carbon
will be available day and date with the new console's launch on November 19, 2006.
The news confirms comments
made in August following the company's Q1 results, as which time representatives noted that two titles would be released for the Wii launch, and another and five over the fiscal year ending March 2007.
In July the company pledged support
for Nintendo's console by announcing that EA's dedicated Wii development team is working on six "custom-designed titles" for the Wii, including new releases from other major brands such as Harry Potter, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, SSX and The Godfather
According to a statement released by EA, the Wii version of Madden NFL 07
will include exclusive multiplayer mini-games designed to support four player gameplay, new multiplayer enhancements including a multiplayer sprint, new play calling system designed for basic football fan knowledge, and Madden in-game tutorials that teach the users how to use new FreeMotion controls and allow users to practice within the game.
Looking to Need For Speed Carbon
, company representatives note that the Wii controller and associated nunchuck will allow for a “simple yet intuitive control scheme,” though no specific details were mentioned concerning how exactly the controller will be used.
"Both Madden NFL 07
and Need For Speed Carbon
were able to really bring out the innovation in the new FreeMotion Controller on the Wii and will attract a whole new sector of gamers," said John Schappert, senior vice president and general manager of EA Canada. "We are honored to be a part of the launch of this new exciting platform and are inspired by the new creative ideas it will let us explore."