Madden NFL 07 (Wii version)



Great new control scheme puts you in the game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Fouls are not always penalized and can help a play.

Violence & scariness

It's football, complete with some hard hits and illegal tackles and blocks.

Not applicable

The NFL and its teams are (obviously) heavily promoted. A few companies such as Sprint and Motorola pop up in in-games ads. The soundtrack announces artist and song names.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is in many ways the same game that was released earlier for other consoles. The same quality football is present, as are some of the negatives, including in-game ads, a soundtrack that promotes real bands, and the availability of some unsportsmanlike moves. However, this version puts the Wii remote controls to very good use. Young players and those not familiar with the series may be drawn to the ease of the new controls, but the game still features a complexity that may challenge those players.

What's it about?

MADDEN NFL 07 for the Nintendo Wii gives players the ability to control their representative on the football field by mimicking some of the real motions they might perform if they were playing football. Beyond the new controls, players will find a very similar game to the versions released earlier on all major consoles. The game sports the same modes: practice, single game, franchise, and a career mode focused on playing one position.

Is it any good?


The addition of the Wii remote controls to the Madden mix is one of the most exciting developments in sports games in some time. To be sure, some controls work better than others. Offense is a breeze, but defensive controls, which have never been a strong part of Madden games, can feel sloppy. Returning, too, are some annoying parts of the series, like a handful of unnecessary ads from companies like Sprint, and an intrusive soundtrack trumpeting real-life songs.

The only major feature lacking from the Wii version is an online mode; Madden veterans who have played other online versions may miss being able to challenge real people over the Internet. But Madden NFL 07 for the Wii does have a few brand-new multiplayer modes -- the standout is a stellar two-on-two game that many people may remember from the school yard. All considered, Madden NFL 07 for the Wii is a very impressive game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes a sports video game fun. Does moving your body help draw you into a game? What makes a football game interesting, the on-field play or details like real players and a focus on business elements of the game? Families may also wish to discuss the importance of good sportsmanship.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:November 16, 2006
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for

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Adult Written byrickyb25 April 9, 2008
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 20, 2012

Even better than the original version!

This was an amazing game! I'm so glad there is a Wii version! I bought the game for my Wii! I'm so happy I can go crazy!
Kid, 11 years old May 17, 2011
it is a fun game forfootball fans
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