In the current economic climate, with studios suffering layoffs every other day, many publishers have stated a preference for sticking with established IPs that are almost guaranteed to sell well. Simulation sports games launch on an annual basis, but as EA found with 3 on 3 NHL Arcade earlier this year, a downloadable PlayStation Network/Xbox Live Arcade game is a relatively low-risk way to bring in some revenue between those yearly releases.
The success of 3 on 3 NHL Arcade paved the way for the November release of Madden NFL Arcade, a powerup-infused, penalty-free, pick-up-and-play version of videogame football that is easily likened to EA's last-gen NFL Street series (although it's less "street" than it is "cartoony"). It seems like arcade football developers have been forever trying to recreate the magic of Midway's classic NFL Blitz games. Hit the jump to find out whether Madden NFL Arcade succeeds.