Madden NFL Covers - A Visual History

Madden NFL Covers – A Visual History

When we talk about famous video game franchises, names like Mario, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog often come to mind. For a lot of gamers, though, John Madden is the biggest icon in the industry, at least within the realm of sports games. Since 1988, the franchise has sold billions of dollars worth of games. And just like the game's evolution, so too have the Madden NFL covers.

The first video game featuring the iconic football personality came out in 1988, primarily for computers running MS-DOS. The second version of John Madden Football, which came out in 1990, was the first for consoles, running on the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis platforms.

For more than two decades, the graphics and game play have continued to evolve. They started out as primitive pixels. Today, it is more lifelike than ever.

Through the years, Madden NFL covers have changed as well. Through 1999, John Madden figured prominently on the game fronts. It is worth noting that some of the early PAL versions of the game that were distributed primarily in Europe had players on them. Beginning in 2000, the focus shifted to NFL stars. Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Michael Vick and Marshall Faulk are some of the bigger names to appear on Madden NFL covers. Others, though, haven't fared so well. Shaun Alexander, Vince Young and Peyton Hillis, who was a surprise vote-in choice for Madden NFL 12, come to mind.

For the game's 25th anniversary, Barry Sanders graces the cover of Madden 25.

With the gallery below, you can see not only how Madden NFL covers have evolved over the years, but the systems as well.

Madden NFL Covers Through the Years

1988 - John Madden Football

Main Systems: PC

1990 - John Madden Football

Main Systems: Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo

1991 - John Madden Football II

Main Systems: PC

1991 - John Madden Football '92

Main Systems: Sega Genesis

1992 - John Madden Football '93

Main Systems: Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo

1993 - Madden NFL '94

Main Systems: Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo

1994 - Madden NFL 95

Main Systems: Game Boy, Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo

1995 - Madden NFL 96

Main Systems: Game Boy, Game Gear, PC, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo

1996 - Madden NFL 97

Main Systems: Game Boy, PC, PlayStation, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Super Nintendo

1997 - Madden NFL 98, Madden NFL 64

Main Systems: Game Boy, PC, PlayStation, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 (NFL 64 only)

1998 - Madden NFL 99

Main Systems: Nintendo 64, PC, PlayStation

1999 - Madden NFL 2000

Main Systems: Game Boy Color, Mac, Nintendo 64, PC, PlayStation
On the Cover: Barry Sanders (Background)

2000 - Madden NFL 2001

Main Systems: Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 2
On the Cover: Eddie George

2001 - Madden NFL 2002

Main Systems: Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Cube, PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox
On the Cover: Dante Culpepper

2002 - Madden NFL 2003

Main Systems: Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Game Cube, PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox
On the Cover: Marshall Faulk

2003 - Madden NFL 2004

Main Systems: Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Game Cube, PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox
On the Cover: Michael Vick

2004 - Madden NFL 2005

Main Systems: Game Boy Advance, Nintento DS, Nintendo Game Cube, PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox
On the Cover: Ray Lewis

2005 - Madden NFL 06

Main Systems: Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Game Cube, PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox
On the Cover: Donovan McNabb

2006 - Madden NFL 07

Main Systems: Game Boy Advance, PC, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Cube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360
On the Cover: Shaun Alexander

2007 - Madden NFL 08

Main Systems: Mac, PC, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Cube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360
On the Cover: Vince Young

2008 - Madden NFL 09

Madden NFL 09

Main Systems: Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360
On the Cover: Brett Favre

2009 - Madden NFL 10

Madden NFL Covers - Madden NFL 10 PS3

Main Systems: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
On the Cover: Troy Polamalu, Larry Fitzgerald

2010 - Madden NFL 11

Main Systems: Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
On the Cover: Drew Brees

2011 - Madden NFL 12

Madden NFL Covers - Madden NFL 12 Xbox 360

Main Systems: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
On the Cover: Peyton Hillis

2012 - Madden NFL 13

Madden NFL Covers - Madden NFL 13 Xbox 360

Main Systems: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
On the Cover: Calvin Johnson

2013 - Madden NFL 25: 1989 to 2014

Madden NFL 25 Cover - XBOX

Main Systems: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
On the Cover: Barry Sanders

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User Comments

  1. the madden cover is all wrong,they messed up because one of the nfl games are missing nfl players which is madden nfl 12,madden 13 and 25 ruines the game series,i say madden 10 the best one guys.madden 25 sucked,it shouldn’t been called that,who ever voted for the cover is a jerky idiot that didn’t deserve to vote on the cover of next years cover before we ha another mishappening ,the wrong by mistake the nfl is saying putting detriot lion three times on cover which is wrong and saying here go picking the right choice tommy maddox is the one that shold have been on the cover,they did a mistake putting detroit lions back to back cover votes is kind of lame putting adrain peter eaterson ,dumb covervote you ask me? don’t buy madden 25, buy madden 1998 for playstation

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