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The Sims 3 Coming To Consoles This Fall

by Meagan Marie on Apr 27, 2010 at 04:12 AM

While not a surprise thanks to details dropped during an investor call earlier this year, EA announced today that The Sims 3 will be coming to consoles and handheld devices this fall.

EA currently has the updated Sims titles in development for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and DS. The Wii version will feature a new beachside town with “unique residents, traits, careers, and lifetime wishes." Additionally, the Wii iteration will include “Life Moments” – a game that allows friends to go head to head to earn awards. The DS version of The Sims 3 will boast the complete life simulation, in addition to utilizing the touch screen for “the most robust Create a Sim feature yet.”

 “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.”

The console/handheld iterations of the Sims 3 will also introduce “karma powers,” which give the player increased control over their Sim’s life. Examples include the ability to “get lucky” or give your Sim “instant beauty.” Karma Powers can also be used for evil, such as through the “epic fail” curse. Keep in mind, however, that Karma can come back to bite you. 

“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.”

The Sims franchise has proved its appeal and longevity throughout the years. Did any of you hold off on a PC purchase in hopes of it coming to console? If so, what version are you going to pick up this fall?