MADDEN NFL 08 FAQ For the Nintendo DS By Robert Johnson (Rej72380) Created on September 12, 2007 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1) INTRODUCTION 2) CLASSIC CONTROLS 2.1) BEFORE THE SNAP 2.2) OFFENSE 2.3) DEFENSE 2.4) SPECIAL TEAMS 3) TOUCH CONTROLS 3.1) BEFORE THE SNAP 3.2) OFFENSE 3.3) DEFENSE 3.4) SPECIAL TEAMS 4) BASIC OFFENSIVE STRATEGY 4.1) PASSING 4.2) RUSHING 5) BASIC DEFENSIVE STRATEGY 5.1) CALLING A DEFENSIVE PLAY 5.2) CALLING AUDIBLES BACK 6) BASIC SPECIAL TEAMS STRATEGY 6.1) KICKING A FIELD GOAL/P.A.T. 6.2) PUNTING THE FOOTBALL 6.3) RETURING KICKOFFS/PUNTS 7) THE MADDEN CHALLENGE AND MADDEN CARDS 8) PAPER FOOTBALL STRATEGIES 9) COMING SOON 10) CONTACT INFORMATION 11) LEGAL INFORMATION 1) INTRODUCTION Welcome, folks to my latest guide. The subject matter this time around is the DS version of this year's installment of the popular Madden football series. It will give you basic strategies on offense, defense and special teams, as well as strategies for Paper Football, a new mini-game exclusivly on the DS version. As it stands now, this guide will more than likely be a skeleton-to-partial guide, due to the operating system I'm currently using (Windows ME) and the fact I don't have MetaPad on my computer. Without further ado, here's the guide. 2) CLASSIC CONTROLS These are the controls most Madden vets are familiar with the console versions of the series. 2.1) BEFORE THE SNAP Y, X, L or R buttons--Calls an audible B Button--Cancel the audible Hold L+R--View playinf field A button--Snap the ball (Offense only) 2.2) OFFENSE Control Pad--Run the player with the ball Y button (While running with the ball)--Dive L or R buttons--Juke X button--Truck Stick B button--Spin A button--Sprint X button (while doing pass play)--Bring up passing symbols A, B, Y, L or R--Pass ball to receiver 2.3) DEFENSE Control Pad--run the defender B button--Select defender closest to the ball A button--Sprint Y button--Dive X button--Jump/Swat ball 2.4) SPECIAL TEAMS Control Pad (While kicking)--Move aiming arrow A button--Press once to start a meter, a second time to control power of the kick and a third and final time to control accuracy. Control Pad (while receiving kicks)--move ball carrier X button--Call a fair catch 3) TOUCH CONTROLS These are the controls that ultilize the touch screen of the DS. 3.1) BEFORE THE SNAP A icon--Call an audible Cancel Audible icon--Cancel audible 3.2) OFFENSE Slide up with Stylus--Dive Slide left, right or down with stylus--Juke Slide down-left or down-rightwith stylus--Spin Slide up-left or up-down with stylus--Truck Stick During passing play, touch receiver to pass or slide to aim pass. 3.3) DEFENSE Touch player--Select a defender Slide down--Dive Slide up--Jump/swat the ball 3.4) SPECIAL TEAMS To kick the ball, touch the power meter once to start it up, a second time to control power and a third and final time to control accuracy. 4) BASIC OFFENSIVE STRATEGY The goal on offense is to get your team down the field to either score a touchdown or kick a successful field goal. Here are some basic strategies when you have the ball. 4.1) PASSING A general rule of thumb when passing the ball is to pass when you really need to. doing consecutive passing plays will cause the opposing defense to adapt to your strategy, which in turn makes intercepting the pass a lot more frequently than you really need it to be. Keep passing plays to only one consecutive play. Also, passing is best used when it is third down and at least 7-10 yards to the first down marker. When you're trailing by a large margin, such as 21 or 28 points, let loose a fury of passing plays to gain leverage. 4.2) RUSHING Rushing is usually the play type you'll be using for the entire game. Rushing the football is good in three ways--First, when you have a large lead, you can rush to eat up valuable time off the clock which the opponenet desperately needs. Second, it'll take some of the pressure off of the quarterback, who has the toughest job in the league, by throwing opposing defenses off kilter. And third, it lets you get at least 1 yard per rushing play if used correctly. Especially helpful is the rushing play "QB Sneak", which gives the ball to the quarterback without him droping back. This is very usfull for scoring 1-yard touchdown runs. 5) BASIC DEFENSIVE STRATEGY The object on defense is to stop the opposing offense for three or four consecutive downs, resulting in either a punt return or a turn over on downs. If the right play is used, the ball could be intercepted or a defender could hit the ball carrier so hard it causes a fumble. 5.1) CALLING A DEFENSIVE PLAY In this game, the opponent, both human and A.I.-controlled, will use many different offensive plays to confuse the defense. For this reason, it is best to call the right play. An example of this includes a team doing a rushing play and the defense doing a blitz, which will send all of the defenders running towards the quarterback. Because the running back is in the middle of the melee, he'll usually end up getting tackled and end up losing a few yards. 5.2) CALLING AUDIBLES BACK On some occasions, the A.I-controlled offense will call an audible when you do a certain defensive play, such as a blitz. Because the they're doing it throw you off guard, you have to call an audible back. The result is usually an incomplete pass, but not all of the time. 6) BASIC SPECIAL TEAMS STRATEGIES Once you've scored a touchdown, you get the chance to kick a 2-yard field goal to add one more point to your score. However, if you're on 4th down and you're at least 25 yards away from the endzone, you can attempt to kick a 3-point field goal, but at a usually a much longer distance than the point after. Another key aspect to special teams is kickoffs, punts and their returns, which usually signals the change of possession to the other team. 6.1) KICKING A FIELD GOAL/P.A.T. When kicking a field goal, you have to keep three factors in mind-- the power of the kick, the accuracy of the kick and the direction of and how hard the wind is blowing. If you're facing in front of the wind, you might want to add more power to your kick. Likewise, if the wind is behind you, you'll have a much easier time. Also, there's a note about domed stadiums--Because they have a domed roof, wind doesn't factor into your chances of kicking a field goal or P.A.T. Of course, if the wind is blowing in, let's say northwest, it will affect the accuracy of the kick, regardless of how well you kick it. In this case, you'll have to move the aiming arrow the opposite direction of where the wind is blowing to get better accuracy of the kick. 6.2) PUNTING THE FOOTBALL Should you ever end up on fourth down and you're at the 10 yard line of your side of the field, it is most wise to punt the ball. An excellent strategy in punting is to punt the ball to the 20 yard line or less and have it land out of bounds. The ball will be spotted on that part of the field, which in turn will give the opponent a severe migraine afterwards. Unfortunatly, the same can't be said for kickoffs, as kicking it out of bounds will result in a illegal procedure penalty, which will place the ball on the 40 yard line of the opposing side-- given the condition that the opponent decided to accept the penalty. 6.3) RETURNING KICKOFFS/PUNTS This play usually signals the change of possession to your side. How you use the returns will help you win football games. Let's say an opponent punts the ball to your player in the endzone. The best strategy is to stay in the endzone ultil the referee blows the whistle. It will down the ball and automatically bring the ball to the 20 yard line of your side of the field. However, should you get the punt farther than your own endzone, it is best to run the ball until you get tackled. On rare occasions, you could end up returning the ball for a touchdown. 7) THE MADDEN CHALLENGE AND MADDEN CARDS Ever noticed that you earn tokens during a game? Those are tokens that you earn to spend then on new Madden cards. The rate in which you earn tokens depends on two key factors-- The level of the play you've just made and the difficulty level in which you made that play. For the Madden cards, they come in four varieties: Player cards--Cards that boosts the attributes of the player whose name is on that card by a certain percentage. Player cards come in three colors--bronze (3%(, Silver (7%) and Gold (15%). Cheat cards--These cards will change certain rules of teh game, such as needing five yards to get a first down instead of the usual 10 and increasing the rate of fumbles. Cheer cards--Cards that will get the home team's crowd cheering througout the entire game. Keep in mind this is only used for the team whose name is on the card, on the condition that team is the home team. Team cards--Cards that give you information of some of the Super Bowl-winning teams in history. Unlike the other cards, which disappear when used, Team cards have unlimited uses. The following is a list of resell values for cards, based on their rarity: Bronze Player Card--1 Token Silver Player Card--2 Tokens Gold Player Card--3 Tokens Cheer card--4 Tokens Team Card--4 Tokens Cheat Card--5 Tokens 8) PAPER FOOTBALL STRATEGIES New this year to the DS version is the paper football minigame. The rules of paper football are simple--You must score points by flicking the ball to the edge of the table to score a touchdown. Once a touchdown is scored, the player has a chance to kick a P.A.T. To elick the ball, you have to slide the stylus across the ball. The faster you slide it, the farther the ball will go. Keep in mind that a ball that is partially off the table is considered on the edge of the table and results in a touchdown. To kick the ball, repeatedly tap the stylus in the red box to fill up the meter, then kick on the small cirlce to kick it through the uprights. The ball is turned over to the other player when you use all four downs or the ball falls completely off the table. The best way to master this mini game is to play against the computer, then use what you learn against human opponents. 9) COMING SOON As I said earlier, this is a skeleton guide, due to the operating system I use. When I do install Metapad, you'll see these future features: Player lists Stadium lists List of all the Madden cards. Until some major upgrades occur, thank you for viewing my guide. 10) CONTACT INFORMATION If you got any questions about this guide or any other of my guides, drop me a line at the following Email address: Rej72380@aol.com 11) LEGAL INFORMATION This document is the copyright (c) 2007 of Robert Johnson. You are free to post this guide on your site, as long as you keep the original author's name in your copy. Madden NFL 08 is the trademark of Electronic Arts. The NFL, it's logo and the teams of the league are trademarks of the National Football League. Nintendo and DS are registered trademarks of Nintendo of America. This guide is not endorsed, created nor licensed by Electroic Arts, the National Football League nor Nintendo of America.