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The Sims 3 Coming to Wii, DS with Exclusive Features

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Annihilate your fake family from the comfort of your couch

EA's massively popular life-management Sims franchise is no stranger to Nintendo platforms; the Wii and DS have already seen versions of The Sims 2: Castaways and Pets, not to mention multiple entries in the younger-skewing MySims series. This fall, EA will keep that relationship going by unleashing the hugely successful The Sims 3 onto consoles along with platform-specific extras.

Exclusive to the Wii is an all-new beach town with its own unique careers, traits, lifetime wishes and residents. There are also adventure quests to be conquered, possibly similar to the ones introduced in the World Adventures expansion, as well as a new head-to-head "Life Moments" game. On the portable side, the DS version will go deep into custom creations using the stylus, ranging from character appearances to decor.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will be seeing a "seamlessly integrated exchange system" that allows players to easily create and share content with others, which we presume will be absent from the Wii and DS versions.

The Sims 3 was first released for PC (pictured) and Mac last summer and sold 1.4 million copies in its first week, making it EA's most successful computer game launch ever and put it on track to become the top-selling PC game of 2009, according to the NPD Group.

Check out the full press release below as you plot how exactly you'll pick off your Sims one by one.

Award-winning Gameplay and Technology From EA's Best-Selling Franchise Maximized for Console and Handheld Players With All-New Platform-specific Features

Guildford, UK., April 27, 2010 – The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the critically-acclaimed The Sims™ 3 is in development for the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, the Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, and will be available this fall. Millions embraced the launch of The Sims 3 on the PC/Mac last summer making it the biggest PC launch in EA’s history and going on to become the #1 best-selling PC title in 2009*. The groundbreaking The Sims franchise has continued to gain momentum, remaining a worldwide cultural touchstone for its enormous and growing fan base.

“We’re bringing players the best console and handheld game for The Sims franchise to date and are excited to offer a unique experience for all types of gamers on their platform of choice,” explained Sam Player, Executive Producer at EA. “Building on the unique traits system, living open neighborhood, lifetime wishes, and endless customization options, we’ve tailored each platform of The Sims 3 with exclusive features to allow for even more control, creativity, and connectivity.”

In The Sims 3 for console and handheld, players will be able to create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires…or not, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Additionally, all-new features make it easier than ever to mess with life as players can unlock the ultimate “Karma Powers” for instant control and unleash them on their Sims. Players can help their Sim “get lucky,” bless them with “instant beauty” or be deviant and curse them with an “epic fail.” But players should use these powers wisely—they may have unexpected results and karma may come back to bite.

Rich, immersive gameplay is complimented with a seamlessly integrated exchange system on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms where gamers will be more connected than ever before as they design, build, and share their creations and download content from other players around the world without ever leaving the game.** Facing short and long term challenges, players will reap rewards and trophies and can even share achievements with friends by connecting to Facebook**.

Exclusive to the Wii version, players will be able to enjoy an all-new beach town with unique residents, traits, careers and lifetime wishes. For the first time ever, players can enjoy The Sims 3 with friends by going head to head in the new “Life Moments” game to earn rewards. Finally, players will also enjoy several adventure quests, as the game will challenge them to explore their town and discover the secrets therein.

Never before seen on Nintendo DS, players can use the stylus to build their Sims’ homes with tools, draw walls and floors, and customize virtually everything from décor objects, textures, and more. Players will use the stylus to sculpt their Sims’ facial features, choose hair styles and clothing, and dictate personalities in the most robust Create a Sim yet for a handheld game. In “Story Mode,” players will control multiple Sims within a family and enjoy life’s special moments. For the first time ever on the Nintendo DS, players can enjoy a complete life simulation as they guide their Sims through completing challenges to unlock additional items, new buildings and landmarks, and more.

“The Sims series continues to be one of the most successful videogames of all time by providing universally appealing content and focusing on the player’s imagination, emergent gameplay mechanics, and the innate humor evident in the virtual world of The Sims,” said Scott Evans, General Manager of The Sims Studio. “We’re building on this foundation and applying new features that will make for a robust, deep and rewarding gameplay experience. I’m extremely proud of the game that the team is making and can’t wait to bring these exciting new features like “Karma Powers” to life and get them into players’ hands.”

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User Comments (31)



brandonbwii said:

It's cool that consoles, more specifically, Wii, is still getting traditional Sims games. I figured EA would just ignore the console since they already have a corner on the kids market with the MySims Wii series.



Gustoff said:

Well it's about time EA !!!!!! I've been waiting for this anouncement since the game came out on PC. I have a MAC, but rather play it on DS and/or Wii. Hope they have details at E3 this year on the game.



MasterGraveheart said:

The Wii-Remote should be about as friendly as the mouse is for Sims... which is a good thing... I can't wait to make life difficult for these online suckers, lol.



WiiLovePeace said:

I remember 'SimTown' on my primary school's computers... Man that game was awesome. That's my only interaction with 'The Sims' brand, anyone care to give me a quick rundown of why 'The Sims' is so popular & what it's about?



Gustoff said:

Dude, where you been WiiLovePeace?

I'm a fan of handhelds, but i played Sims 2 on Gamecube and couldn't put it down. Just the fact you can build your own house, customize it, and the furnish it...that in itself kept me up hours. That's besides keeping up with the story, challenges, social talks with neighbors, etc, etc, etc...

Handheld Sims are also pretty good, especially since you can take your sim on the go. Think i'll take out my sims 2 on ds and play it tonight. On this, you run a hotel with a casino, paint studio, (make)music club, etc etc etc.

Check out some reviews at IGN, Gamespot and others.



Terra said:

I thought it was only a matter of time before the game would come to consoles. Not that I care much for the series though...



Victoria said:

I've never played Sims, but I love Animal Crossing for the Wii. It sounds a bit like it. I wonder if this would be a good game for me?



Morpheel said:


The sims 2, busting out and ubz were //good// but not real sims game, the other two sims 2 where real thrash.
This sims 3 for the DS sounds like the game i have been waiting for YEARS, DONT RUIN IT EA!



astarisborn94 said:

@P. D4NG3R: I don't see why that comment was really necessary to add. To be honest, unless EA Games choose to skip online for the Nintendo Wii version, I'll be hyped.



sillygostly said:

I loved Bustin' Out, Urbz and Sims 2 for the GBA/DS. While none of them were life simulations, all three were great games in their own right and provided some rich, engaging gameplay. After 5 years, I still play The Sims 2 regularly (even though my wallet has reached its maximum of $999,999 =P). Unfortunately though, the franchise went downhill from there (with Pets, Castaway and Apartment Pets) after EA changed the studio that developed the handheld Sims titles. What were they thinking!? >=(

It's about bloody time that EA brought us a true Sims experience for the DS (and let's face it, the platform is perfect for this type of game), and I for one can't wait. =D The DS version is an essential first day buy for me, and I'll grab the Wii version once it hits the bargain bin. =P

My only fear is that they'll sanitise the DS version in order to acquire an American E or E10+ rating. >=(



Token_Girl said:

I already have my own life, still don't see the need to have a fake virtual one too. I haven't played sims very much, but I have played a little of one of the PS2 ones, and it was BORING. Skipping this.



sillygostly said:

@ BlueFlameBat: The option to have same sex relationships was always available in the PC games (and the console games too if I'm not mistaken), however, same sex relationships were always excluded from the handheld versions (possibly as they would attract a higher than desired rating in the U.S.). Some classification systems are neutral when it comes to relationships.



SuperPeach said:

I hope they do a good job. Sims 2 pets took forever to load and always got stuck while loading on my wii. The gamecube version was my fav.



99er said:

Knowing EA's track record with their Wii ports or titles, they'll tone the game down to unplayable.




The Sims SHOULD be a Wii series really. Good news for fans

Sims isn't my kinda thang. I prefer the more extensive Little King's Story which combines elements of MySims, Command and Conquer and Pikmin!



cheapogamer4life said:

Use to hve the Sims Bustin Out for my N-Gsgs back in the day and couldnt get enough of it( aleast until after a few play throughs). Havent touched a portable Sims game since because of the mix reviews from the DS versions of the games. Hopefully this will be the new must have Sims title for the DS with the idevice type graphics.



sillygostly said:

@ cheapogamer4life: The Urbz is a direct sequel to Bustin' Out, so if you've liked Bustin' Out, you're very likely to enjoy The Urbz as well. The Sim 2 GBA also uses the same engine but a lot of what made the previous games so much fun were dropped. The Sims 2 DS was the last good Sims game on the DS and includes a completely revamped 3D engine (and makes a number of references to previous games in the series). The more recent entries in the series though (i.e. Pets/Castaway/Apartment Pets) are utter rubbish.



LordJumpMad said:

its more fun to play on your Computer.
My sis is a big Fan of Sim, but its not my type of game



BlueFlameBat said:

Sexual preferences should not effect (affect?) a game's rating. Are they trying to make kids with gay parents feel awkward?!



niayah said:

I'm glad they're making sims 3 for wii but i wish it came out this summer instead if this fall

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