The first indication that something is wrong with Madden NFL Football is the 3D. It's a complete mess. Everything you thought would spell doom and gloom for the 3DS is here. Unlike other launch titles, where you're allowed to focus on one object and let your eyes relax into the 3D, Madden requires you to scan the field and pick out constantly moving targets. It's hard to focus and enjoy the effect, not that you really need to since it adds very little to the gameplay.
The rest of the visuals are okay, though offer nothing to get excited over. Player models are realistic, but with a bit of exaggeration in a few points. Animations are smooth, if overly repeated. It's not terrible looking, but at the same time, it's a step down, even for a handheld version.
Gus Johnson and Chris Collinsworth add their insight during games. Both performances are on par with the console versions. I wasn't a major fan of the new team (it still needs some time to gel), but it's better than no commentary at all. Unfortunately, commentary is only available during Season play. During 5-on-5 games, you're serenaded by selection of tunes from the EA Trax collection that doesn't always fit what's going on.