Electronic Arts is planning a smaller, arcade-style version of its long-running Madden NFL football franchise, revealing that the publisher is working on Madden Arcade for a release before the holiday season. EA Sports bossman Peter Moore announced the game today.

Moore described Madden Arcade as following in the vein of the publisher's Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network release 3 on 3 NHL Arcade, which featured big headed hockey pros going head to head in teams of three. We'd expect something similarly super-deformed from the Madden version when the arcade style football game is made available for download.

We're checking in with EA Sports folks to get more details.