Michigan State’s Sparty The Spartan Selected as NCAA Football 09 Cover Mascot for the Wii

March 18, 2008

Michigan State’s Sparty The Spartan Selected
as NCAA Football 09 Cover Mascot for the Wii

The people have spoken! EA SPORTS asked college
football fans to vote and determine which college mascot would have the honor of
being on the cover of NCAA Football 09 for the Nintendo Wii. Although it was a
tightly contested race, Sparty the Spartan from Michigan State University came
out victorious.

Sparty the Spartan is Michigan State University’s
fearless and loveable mascot and a figure known throughout the state of Michigan
across the nation. Sparty, the heart of Michigan State, is a National Mascot
Champion and has participated in the Universal Cheer Association’s National
Championships.

Through the NCAA Football 09 Wii Cover Mascot
Challenge, fans went online and cast more than 700,000 votes for their favorite
mascots. Mascots from Central Florida, Washington State, Auburn, LSU, Nebraska,
Kansas, Iowa State, Alabama and Penn State rounded out the top ten.

NCAA Football 09 for the Nintendo Wii will focus
on a more stylized gameplay that is quick and easy for fans to jump in and out
of great head-to-head action, or manage their favorite college team through the
“Dynasty Mode”. New to the Nintendo Wii platform, NCAA Football 09 will feature
EA SPORTS Family Play controls, a multiplayer social experience that allows
novice users to compete against advanced players and still enjoy success. The
Easy Play controls are designed for the more novice fans, but also feature a
traditional default setting for the more seasoned veterans. NCAA Football 09
will feature close to 200 schools from both the FBS and FCS divisions, making it
the most authentic college sports gaming experience available for the Nintendo
Wii.

For more information, please visit
www.ncaafootball09.com.