Madden NFL Football is the first entry in the EA Sports Madden NFL
franchise for the Nintendo 3DS
. Released at launch on March 27, 2011, outside of the normal yearly cycle of the Madden series, the game is the first in the series to not have a year in its title since Madden Football 64
. The game can be played in standard 11-on-11 match-ups, or in a simplified 5-on-5 set-up.
The game has been heavily criticized for numerous flaws and omissions. Unlike other modern entries, there is no franchise mode, no multiplayer aspect of any sort, nor any significant modes outside of a basic season mode.