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The Sims 3 - Nintendo DS Standard Edition

Platform : Nintendo DS
Rated: Everyone

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  • Unlock All-New Karma Powers to wield ultimate control over your Sims giving them wealth, beauty, and love, or take it all away with the click of a button
  • Create and control multiple Sims within your household and enjoy life's special moments as you interact with their world
  • Use your stylus to sculpt your Sims' facial features giving them signature hair styles and clothing as well as personality traits
  • Choose whether or not to fulfill your Sims' destinies by making their wishes come true, or letting their dreams die
  • For the first time ever on DS, build your Sims home with tools to draw walls and floors, and customize with decor objects, textures, and more
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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone Everyone
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform for Display: Nintendo DS

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Platform for Display: Nintendo DS

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For the first time ever, enjoy a complete life simulation experience on handheld! Create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Unlock all-new Karma Powers and unleash them on your Sims: help your Sims get lucky with the power of “rapid romance”, bless them with “instant beauty” or curse them with the “instant enemy”. As you guide your Sims through life you can complete opportunities to unlock additional items and town upgrades. Experience the ultimate handheld life simulator!

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The Sims 3 for DS is a life simulation game that brings authentic gameplay elements, long enjoyed in PC versions of the game, to the small screen of the Nintendo DS. Packed with depth rarely, if ever seen in a simulation game developed for a handheld, and utilizing the functionality of the DS' stylus and touchscreen, The Sims 3 allows players to actually craft the lives of their Sims, rather than simply follow predetermined paths. This combined with additional features such as a extreme customization and a new Karma game element that can impact the lives of Sims for good or ill, results in a gameplay experience equally suited to both new and longtime fans of the series.

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A Breakthrough in Handheld Sim Gaming

The Sims 3 for Nintendo DS provides the first opportunity ever to enjoy a truly complete life simulation gaming experience on a handheld platform. True to the gameplay experience of the PC version, this DS release allows players create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. The flexibility to do so, specifically as the player chooses, comes from the game's improved utilization of the DS stylus/touchscreen control combination. With this, players can more thoroughly take command of details of their Sims lives, including customizing physical features and personality traits, altering wardrobe and personalities, tweaking aspects of the physical game environment and interacting with others Sims.

In addition, players can unlock all-new Karma Powers and unleash them on your Sims. These can be used to help your Sims get lucky with the power of "rapid romance", bless them with "instant beauty" or at the opposite end of things, curse them with the "instant enemy." Use these powers wisely, because they may have unexpected results. Either way, as you guide your Sims through life The Sims 3 for Nintendo DS allows you to complete opportunities to unlock items and rewards like never before in this ultimate handheld life simulator.

Key Game Features

  • First Complete Life Simulation on the Nintendo DS - Create any Sim you can imagine and control their lives. Control multiple Sims within your household and enjoy life's special moments as you interact with their world.
  • Create Sims and Give Them Unique Personalities - Use your stylus to sculpt your Sims' facial features. Choose their hair styles and clothing and dictate their personalities. Make them evil, romantic, hot-headed, neurotic, or a mix of something completely different.
  • Control your Sims' Destinies - Choose whether or not to fulfill your Sims' destinies by making their wishes come true, or letting their dreams die. Will your Sims be emperors of evil, world leaders, or expert thieves? It's up to you.
  • Customize Your Sims World - For the first time ever on DS, build your Sims home with tools to draw walls and floors, and customize with decor objects, textures, and more.
  • Unlock All-New Karma Powers - Wield the ultimate control over your Sims giving them wealth, beauty, and love, or take it all away with the click of a button.

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A sim painting in The Sims 3 for DS
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
I have put many hours into this game, and still plenty left to go. Oct. 30 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS Verified Purchase Fun:   
First off, I noticed by other reviews everyone is comparing to the PC version. This will not relate to the PC version because I never played Sims 3 PC. This review is for the DS version.
I got this game on release day, and I like it a lot. The only part I felt fooled on was that there aren't as many items and options for appearance that I thought there would be. However, there are still quite a few things to choose from. So it was enough to keep me satisfied.
Starting the game, there are 3 available save slots. Kinda nice if you share with anyone or want more than 1 game going. It allowed me to play with 1 Sim, however, I can ask others to be a house mate. You set a lifetime achievement goal, a few characteristics about your sim, and then get to choose you house. Choosing a house has 3 options for purchase, you can have it just be land, a unfurnished house, or a furnished house. I chose unfurnished house, but it still came with appliances, a toilet and shower. Like any sim game, you still need to keep your sim in the green, aka happy. You can go places, but there are some buildings you cannot go inside, like work. When you get a job, it travels to your sims work, and you can change what theyre doing there. Like chat with co-workers, suck up to the boss, business as usual, etc. This helps me the most when my social meter is down, i chat the whole day. The downfall to following them to work, is that the fast forwarding thru time, even on the fast meter, is just still too slow. But it will tell you that if you got a house mate and that should keep you busy. I personally have not done that yet. Many places you can travel and go inside, like the gym, library, art gallery, you can also travel to the park, the beach, the cemetery, etc.

All the while of keeping your sim happy you earn these lifetime happiness points. You can use these to buy special lifetime rewards. These are the Lifetime Happiness Rewards. Discount Diner (Free meals eating out), Speedy Cleaner (clean your house twice as fast as before), Complimentary Entertainment (Get into events free of charge), Professional Slacker (Watch TV & slack off at work without your boss caring), Observant (discover traits of others twice as quickly), Office Hero (Talking to Co-Workers will be more effective, they will love you), Opportunistic (Earn greater rewards and bonuses for finishing opportunities), Steel Bladder (Peeing is for sims with lesser wills), Bookshop Bargainer (Huge discount on books), Multi-Tasker (Become better at your job without any additional effort), Attractive (People will like you more), Haggler (Store clerks will throw discounts at your feet), Never Dull (Sims love listening to you talk and will never get bored when you repeat social interactions), Fast Learner (Learn and improve skills faster), Vacationer (Feel free to take the occasional day off, Nobody at work will notice), Dirt Defiant (Personal hygiene concerns rarely trouble the Dirt Defiant), Mid Life Crisis (Pick new traits & a new lifetime wish), Long Distance Friend (Friends never grow distant), Hardly Hungry (Hardly ever feel hungry and thirsty), Extra Creative (Create the finest paintings), Lap of Luxury (With your pockets doubled it's time to enjoy life in the luxury!).
As far as friends, you can call then on the phone to chat or visit with them.
Opportunities will appear occasionally, you will be given an opportunity and a time frame to complete it. If you complete these you typically earn a cash bonus, and sometimes it helps you to get a promotion at work.
You get days off work now, typically. I don't remember having days off when I played older versions of Sims, but it seems nice to get days off.
You get to go fishing, you can catch several different types and sizes of fish, and you have the option to put (most of) them in the fridge, or sell them for some extra cash. You can use them to cook with.
As for cooking, you need to know recipies to make different types of foods. You can buy them at the library by reading a book about them.
Skill books are all available at the library. You can purchase a book case as well but it seems the library has more options. There are several different types of cooking books that way you can learn different recipies, there are different fishing books to learn to catch different types of fish.
You have the option to turn off free will if you like.
Wishes will pop on the bottom right corner. You have the option to accept or deny them. You can keep two at a time. For instance, you may choose to accept a workout routine, upon completion you will receive a bonus of 250 lifetime happiness points. If a new one pops up and you already have 2, you have the option to delete one and add that one in.
I tend to always repair things on my own. Well now its paying off more than before. Repairing you own things gives you more options for example, you will later be given the option to upgrade appliances, upgrade your sinks and tub to self cleaning, upgrade things to be unbreakable. These are great features!
As for building, it gives you the option to build your home but I have not done this yet. So I cant say for sure the ease of it. I can update later how that goes, but the options look the same as previous sims game.
Karma Powers, I've been playing for nearly 30 days (in the game time) and I just realized hey, where are these karma powers they kept talking about? So I got out the manual, and it says you need to find them. When i went most places, I wasn't zoomed in too far. Well, I started zooming in to look for these "strange things" and I have only found 1 so far. The karma powers are all locked, achieving higher Lifetime Happiness points seems to be what unlocks them. However, then you have to find them. You can go into a menu and see which ones are unlocked and it will give a hint as to where to find them. Like I said, I've only found one and it was Super Satisfy. So when I found it, it maxed all my meters to green. It tells me to go back to the place I found it to activate it. But haven't used these too much yet. I may update later with more info on these.
All in all, its definitely the best Sims game that has come out for the hand held. Previous hand held sims games really didn't give you any options and you were pretty mission based. This one is pretty much free stylin'. I love it. I think its a must have for the hand held. And being rated Everyone, there will be no woo-hooing, so the kiddo's can play it with your mind at ease!!! You will be able to kiss another sim but I believe thats as far as it goes.
Enjoy!!
48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Sims 3 for console. Nov. 1 2010
By D. Havard - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS Verified Purchase Fun:   
I noticed a lot of reviews complaining that it's not as good as the PC version - well, there's a reason for that - YOU'RE NOT PLAYING IT ON THE PC!

That being said, it's a good game and I'm enjoying it a lot. I like open-ended games where you don't have to do a "quest" or kill something every time you turn around. I like the slow meandering games that last a long time and you're never really done with them. This is Animal Crossing for Adults!

You create your own person, give them dreams and ambitions and then send them out into the world and help them survive. Occasionally a "quest, of sorts" pops up and you can choose to fulfill it or not. Do you want them to be an evil genius or a slacker? Make friends or lots of enemies? Fall in love, have a roommate, go to dances, work hard and become rich. The choices are endless - and yours to command.

Then there's the building. I LOVE building their house from the ground up, adding windows, doors, colors, wallpapers. (I only wish they had a lot more windows doors and wallpapers but, hey - there's only so much room on the disk.)

Do I recommend this? I certainly do - ONLY if you like this type of game.

Just don't expect the PC version.
43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
This Game is Just What I Expected Nov. 2 2010
By simonheimer - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS Verified Purchase Fun:   
This game is just what I expected. I have The Sims, The Sims 2, and The Sims 3 for the PC and I really like The Sims 3 for DS. I did not expect the graphics to be great on this game. Comparing a DS game to a PC game is like comparing apples to oranges, you just can't do that. The graphics aren't great. The lack of graphics do not take away from how fun the game is to play. I'd say the graphics are comparable to The Sims 2 game for the DS.

The Sims 3 for DS feels a lot like the PC versions as far as game play. It even has glitches just like the PC versions do. The only annoying glitch that I have found so far is when I go back to the main menu while playing a game my DSi locks up. I could not get my DSi to power down so I pulled the battery out and started the DSi up and it is working fine. I now know not to go to the main menu without turning off the game first and then restarting it.

My daughter and I have played this game for several hours since we received it. I love that my Sims are now mobile. This is the first hand held version of The Sims that I have owned and I am really loving it.

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who enjoys these types of games.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Addicting! Dec 6 2010
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS Verified Purchase Fun:   
I remember paying the first Sims, it was great then, an it's great now. There are a few changes, but the overall game play is basically the same. I love the touch screen on the DS(I play on my DSi XL), its brings alot to the table for Sims. Here's what I thought:

Pros:
1. Fully customizable charectors and house.
2. Great interactive game play(how you act/what you do, effects the game)
3. MUCH better picture quality.

Cons:
1. Never seems to be enough time in the day to do anything but work.
2. Annoying 'speech'-I can't play with the volume on, the made up language/voice tones drive me crazy.

Overall I think it's a great game. I see myself paying this game for a long time, over and over again just to see what happens if I change the way I act/play.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
a 10 year olds review Jan. 6 2011
By cblovescats - Published on Amazon.com
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS Fun:   
I LOVE it!!!! I am not just saying this. You can make friends or enemies, boyfirends or girlfriends, you can shower, bathe, go pee, get married, eat, get a job,or stay unemployed, and over 1,000 other things. You can make your sim a criminal or shy, ambitous, hot headed, neat, slob and over 20 more traits 2 choose from. You can have up 2 three sims on one cartridge, which is nice. I have 2 accounts at the moment. There is more than 25 places to go and at least 80 people to meet (which means there are like 65 houses to visit). When u meet sims if u talk to them you can learn what thier traits r.You can have people move in with u and u will control them. If it is ur boy/girlfriend i do not reccomend it. Then you will always control that sim even if your original sim and their housmate are divorced or not dating. This game is just like real life and it is so much fun! I reccomend it 2 any sim fan!!!!!!!!!!! :) I LOVE SIMS 3!!! LOL

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