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The Madden series makes its second appearance on Wii with a retooled control scheme designed to draw new players into the gridiron action. Dubbed "Family Play," the controls are all mapped to the Wii Remote with the majority of advanced maneuvers automatically handled by the computer AI. Grizzled Madden vets can still choose the "Advanced" option, which supports the Nunchuk for analog-based moves and new motion-sensitive audibles, and the Wii Remote for gesture-based actions such as throwing or catching the ball. Another user-friendly feature is the option to instantly see your team's superstar athletes as well as key match-ups to exploit. This "read and react" system displays various icons over an athlete's head, so those not ordinarily familiar with a particular team can quickly see who has the strongest arm, the quickest feet, the stickiest hands, and so forth.
The Wii Remote can also be used like a telestrator for players to draw Xs, Os, and arrows directly on the screen to break down key plays for curious onlookers or to simply humiliate your opponent after a key sack or touchdown. Madden NFL 08 also introduces an exclusive "Party Mode" supporting up to four players, where friends and family members can take a break from the on-field action and participate in NFL trivia challenges and a total of 22 football-related mini-games. Online support is also included for the first time on Wii. While only head-to-head exhibition matches are available over the network, players will be able to participate in their choice of ranked or unranked games, view leaderboards, chat with friends via EA Messenger, store or share roster updates and profiles in the EA Locker, and even receive actual NFL scores with the live sports ticker. Several popular game modes from Madden NFL 07 return for this version, including both the Superstar Mode and Franchise Mode. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide