Madden NFL was literally on stage with the Wii U, the day the console was formally revealed to the world. The unspoken message: No more cartoony, casual American football or minigame bullshit, this is a sports title you can actually take seriously on a Nintendo console. This happened more than a year ago, at E3 2011.
Since then, EA Sports has built a Madden for the Wii U that not only leaves out the big-boy version's No. 1 new feature—real-time physics—but also we find out that Madden Ultimate Team won't be a part of the Wii U release, either. Nor will online team play, though you can play with up to five people in local multiplayer. It's been nine years since I played local multiplayer in Madden with as many as three other people. You?