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The Sims 3 Will Make Use of the 3DS StreetPass Mode

Posted by Trevor Chan

For getting rid of... we mean, exchanging Sims with other players

Not satisfied with just bringing The Sims 3 to the Wii and DS, EA will also be allowing gamers the option of raising their family in 3D too when it launches in Japan for the 3DS in Spring 2011.

Famitsu has published some game details on the latest instalment of the life-simulation strategy game and it looks set to utilise the 3DS features in some pretty novel ways.

Aside from displaying the game in 3D on the top screen, the lower screen will be used to show the full area map. As usual, sims can be edited by adjusting the skin tone, faces, clothing, personalities, life goals, as well as other parameters. Players can even take pictures of real people and create sims using that image. Numerous actions can be assigned to them and they will show you what they are feeling via the various mood icons, with gamers able to make use of the life-changing "karma power" but must be careful of its effects. For example, shaking the 3DS will cause money to fall from the sky, but shake too much and an earthquake will be triggered.

Additional content like hair styles, clothing and more can also be downloaded via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection although it's unclear whether this will be free of charge or not. Players will, however, be able to exchange their Sims with each other via the StreetPass function. Ditching family members has never sounded so easy.

[via andriasang.com]

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User Comments (18)

BiasedSpring5

#2

BiasedSpring5 said:

No more motherlode? That is much easier, plus no earthquakes. Sounds like it might be worth a look though.

FonistofCruxis

#6

FonistofCruxis said:

The karma powers in this version don't sound as good as the karma powers in the ds and wii versions. They just sound like they were needlessley thrown in to make use of the gyro sensor. I have a bad feeling that this will happen regularly until the 3ds has been out for a while, just like some of the earlier wii games.

Mr_Nose

#9

Mr_Nose said:

I'm with edhe.

I've always been a fan on PC, but never liked the omissions, in the console games, namely, the building, and sandbox modes. If I could get a full-on PC port, even of Sims 1 on a handheld, I'd buy it.

Edit: Now that I actually look at the screenies, methinks I do see the build icon...

sillygostly

#11

sillygostly said:

I believe that you can build in The Sims 3, or at the very least, have full control over how your home is furnished. Hey, if they can pull off build mode in the DS version, there would be no excuses for omitting it from the far superior 3DS version.

EA seems to be putting some serious effort into this title (for a change), which is something that they hadn't done since 2005's The Sims 2 for the DS. My only hope is that they don't water down the game in order to attain a T rating.

GammaGames

#12

GammaGames said:

I liked how teh DS version had build mode, but the Wii (according to what ive heard) you could only furnish.

gatygun

#13

gatygun said:

Look at the freaking game, its a horrible ds > 3ds port. they just upped the polygons a bit.

They should remake the game. it looks like trash atm

Besides that, streetpass is all nice and stuff.

I wanna be able to connect to another ones village whatever. and walk with him or her there.

I want a online experience with it.

Mizore

#15

Mizore said:

Yea I kinda do hope these graphics aren't final...makes the 3DS look bad, and it can pull off much better graphics than this. still though, I'm interested in the game. Just hope the features aren't limited like the DS one. (2 people only, no having kids, can't kill them, blah blah blah)

TeeJay

#18

TeeJay said:

I hope I did the right thing by preordering this. I want a good impression of the series, as this is going to be my first Sims game.

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