Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection Electronic Arts
The Madden series is easily the best-selling football game of all time, with more than 51 million copies sold. And, like last year, the game once again figures to "blow away the competition" -- or more accurately, the lack thereof, given EA's exclusive licensing deal with the NFL. Madden NFL 06 has sold 6.5 million copies to date, and the company noted on its Q1 earnings conference call that pre-orders for Madden NFL 07 were at "record levels."
EA has made a number of upgrades to the horribly disappointing Microsoft
Notably, EA has a special "Hall of Fame Edition" of the game for the Xbox 360, offering some bonus material at a $70 price point. The regular version sells for $60 on the Xbox 360, $50 on the Xbox and PS2, $40 for the GameCube, PSP, and PC, and $30 on the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance.
While Madden is just one of roughly 30 platinum titles (million-unit sellers) in EA's annual game portfolio, there's no game of greater significance. One way or another -- be it improved gameplay or just the lack of competition -- Madden Fever is on.
We're game for further Foolishness:
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