The Sims 3 - Nintendo 3DS Standard Edition
- Control multiple Sims within your household and enjoy life's special moments as you interact with their world.
- Use the 3DS camera to capture your likeness and create your Sim. Use your stylus to sculpt your Sims' facial features. Choose their hair styles and clothing and dictate their personalities.
- Through built-in Nintendo StreetPass functionality, trade your Sims with your 3DS friends.
- Travel to different zones with your Sim. These zones will be unique destinations for your Sims and will contain community features and buildable lots.
- Interact directly with the world with Karma Points via the 3DS handheld - for example blow into the handheld to unleash tranquil butterflies or shake to trigger an earthquake.
- Platform: Nintendo 3DS
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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For the first time ever, enjoy a complete life simulation experience in 3D on handheld! Create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Unlock new Karma Powers with Karma Points and unleash amazing effects on your Sims. As you guide your Sims through life you can build relationships and experience different careers to unlock new items, outfits, and various rewards!
The Sims 3 for 3DS is a single player, handheld, life simulation game that brings authentic gameplay elements, long enjoyed on other gaming platforms to Nintendo 3DS.* From character creation and customization tools, to the ability to share content with the larger The Sims community, The Sims 3 for 3DS allows players to craft the lives of their Sims, like never before. Features include adjustable 3D effect, use of the 3DS camera to inject your own image in-game and the ability to trade your Sims with other 3DS players via StreetPass and a new Karma game element that can impact the lives of Sims for good or ill.
The Sims 3 Goes 3D
For the first time ever, enjoy a complete life simulation experience in 3D on handheld. Create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Unlock new Karma Powers with Karma Points and unleash amazing effects on your Sims. As you guide your Sims through life you can build relationships and experience different careers to unlock new items, outfits, and various rewards.
Nintendo 3DS is a groundbreaking hardware release that brings 3D gaming to the handheld market for the first time. The fourth major release in the DS product line, the Nintendo 3DS utilizes 3D Slider functionality and an improved top LCD display to present a glasses-free 3D effect in compatible games, while giving players the option to moderate the effect as they see fit. Taken together with additional features including full analog control in 3D game environments, motion and gyro sensors that transfer the movements of the handheld into the game, 3D camera functionality, an adjustable stylus and full backwards compatibility and you have not only a must-have system, but a revolution in handheld gaming.
Key Game Features
- First Complete Life Simulation from The Sims, on the Nintendo 3DS - 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 the 3DS camera to capture your likeness and create your Sim. Use your stylus to sculpt your Sims' facial features. Choose their hair styles and clothing and dictate their personalities. Make them evil, romantic, or a mix of something completely different.
- Trade Your Sims with Your Friends - Through Nintendo StreetPass, trade your Sims with your 3DS friends.
- Travel to Different Zones with Your Sims - Travel to different zones with your Sim. These zones will be unique destinations for your Sims and will contain community features and buildable lots.
- Unlock All-new Karma Powers - Wield the ultimate control over your Sims by interacting directly with the 3DS handheld. Blow into the handheld to unleash tranquil butterflies on your Sims or shake to trigger an earthquake.
Trade Sims with StreetPass.
Sharp 3D environments.
All-new Karma powers.
Travel to different zones.
* Nintendo 3DS sold separately.
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The Sims 3 3DS breaks this reputation by bringing a watered down experience that, while at the same time, does its best job as possible to look ugly. Seriously. I understand that a launch of a new handheld usually means that the games are expected to be rather dull, but The Sims 3 goes beyond this and provides an experience so uninspired that I found myself getting bored after only 20 minutes of playing.
The problem is that the game is essentially The Sims 3; But this 3DS port makes it look like EA believes in the handheld myth that content is impossible to achieve on a portable gaming system. In fact, it overgeneralizes this idea so bad that the game feels like an alpha stage to The Sims on the GameCube or the PS2, which is unacceptable.
In The Sims 3 for the 3DS, you make one Sim and start off in a selection of two houses. There are technically four but you can't move into two of them until you make a living in a cheaper one. Like any other traditional Sims game, you get a job, research a skill or two, and then later have to start dealing with the incessant needs of your miniature Sim. Right here is where you will encounter your first problem. There is no "health" meter (if I may call it that). Instead, like with The Sims 2 back on the DS, you have to wait until a bubble or an indicator from your Sim appears over their head. While this isn't necessarily a bad idea, The Sims 3, for whatever reason, stumps here. Your Sims will only tell you they need something right before they're on the brink of collapse. So that means it's very possible that when you think your Sim is okay and you're about to send them to work, your Sim can instantly out of the blue tell you that they're about to piss their pants and you have no choice but to stop them from going to work and serve their needs. In fact, this happens a lot. It has already occurred with my Sim three times already and frankly, my boss isn't too happy.
After missing work, chances are that you have free time to do whatever you feel like doing. Why not take a stroll to the town?
Well, you see, there isn't really one. In fact, I think all of the other Sims are homeless except for yourself. When you leave your home, you have a massive selection of 2 locations to visit. These are a town park, and a shopping area. Both contain various different shops you can browse. One of the bright sides to this game is that items are no where near as expensive as they are in other Sims games. Either that, or I have just been lucky so far with my simoleons. I furnished my house and still had $6,000 to spend. After one visit you will see all there is to see and after chatting with a Sim or two, you'll probably just head home. There is just simply nothing else to do. You can't go inside most of the buildings and unless you find a gym exciting, then chances are you won't find the buildings you can go into any fun. There aren't even any other homes you can go or be invited to. I don't know where the townspeople live. Hell, maybe they don't exist. Perhaps our Sims are mentally ill and everyone around them is a delusion of the mind. After all, there are no more than maybe 12 Sims (if not less) Sims you can meet. It hardly feels like a town.
This brings me to my point. A traditional Sims game just simply doesn't work well on a Nintendo handheld. With URBz Sims In The City, The Sims 2 DS, and even The Sims 2 Castaway, they offered different and unique ways to play a Sims game by developing a game based entirely from the ground up around the hardware of the system (and not focusing on what the regular PC Sims games are about). With The Sims 3 3DS, EA just simply ported the game from the consoles and removed nearly all of the features you find on those games. I understand this is a handheld and I was not expecting a huge breakthrough or anything, but even with The Sims 3 DS, so much more could have been done. The lack of anything to do other than waiting for the infuriating bubble atop your Sims to appear, so you know they are hungry, gets boring really fast. To make a portable, traditional-style Sims game just doesn't work. The developers had to remove far too much stuff to make it feel like a complete Sims game. Whether or not this is because of the hardware or just simply a bad attempt to get a game out for launch, I am not entirely sure. Although I think it's safe to bet that my second theory is correct.
I've said a lot of negative things so far about this game. I'm still not done. If you still plan on getting this game or have an interest in it, let me warn you that everything you do in the game is done on the touch screen. The buttons are used for almost nothing for the game. You instead have to rely on your stylus to select items/furniture/Sims/the menu/etc. from an upwards-looking down perspective. The top screen is there only for eye candy to see what you're Sim is doing. The problem with this design is that the touch screen isn't all that big. On this one screen are your menus, your stats, time...everything is there. It feels cramped. Combine this with the fact that the menu system is annoying to use (and oddly designed), it's hard to not get frustrating.
The game isn't eye candy either. Call me crazy, but the game doesn't look all that better than what the DS version offered, visual-wise. Hell, the main menu looks like something from the Gameboy Advance. The 3D doesn't offer anything to the game either. To save battery life I just turned it off. I'm not really sure what else to say about it, really. It added nothing to the game.
The Sims 3 3DS offers a very limited experience where you will see everything and everyone within a matter of an hour or two, it feels. While the game can technically last a long time, the lack of content and activities to do make it more than likely that you won't play it for that long. Combine this with ugly graphics and a horrid menu system, The Sims 3 is not just a game you should avoid if you bought a 3DS at launch, but for anyone who buys a 3DS in the future.
I purchased the 3DS and naturally wanted to get The Sims 3 for it, there wasn't allot to choose from in the launch anyways. I read bad reviews, so I had low expectations, but it's not hard to please me as a simmer.
My low expectations were too high. This game is embarrassing to me as a sim advocate. It is highly obvious that this is an unfinished product rushed to make the 3DS launch set up so EA could make some easy money. The glitches are unavoidable and annoying. I'd rather have horrible graphics than the horrible gameplay they managed to create.
-No needs bars. I can never set up routine management for my sim, their needs are unpredictable and tell you at the worst times when they're starving or are about to wet themselves, which causes your job performance to go down and your house is always a wreck because they never feel like cleaning it.
-No maid services. These sims don't have AI worth anything, they'll leave clutter around and like I said they never want to clean because out of nowhere they'll be starving, then they'll need a shower, by then they're exhausted so I get them to bed only to find they're bladder is about to burst so I have to wake them up and deal with that. Then they get a couple hours of sleep, wake up exhausted for work and no time to eat.
-Time doesn't sync well with the game. Time moves faster than normal i've seen in other sims games, it literally takes your sims an hour to go from their bedroom to the bathroom and sit on the toilet. It takes at the very least another hour to use it. It is impossible to please most of their needs in the day, which makes NO time for cleaning or skill building. So you're virtually spending everyday trying to perfect the art of how to make these sims happy. There is no other way around this, you WILl not figure them out, this WILL happen to you.
-Severe lack of customization and objects. You don't get to choose the style or colors of clothes and objects, which wouldn't be so bad if they hadn't given you so little to work with. You have to unlock most of the stuff in the game, which is impossible as i can barely get past level one of their jobs because of their unpredictable needs.
-One save slot. I got this game for me and my fiancee, and we can't even enjoy it together because there is no way to have more than one game save.
I could go on about a few more things, but this game is just not worth my time anymore. If you are a sim fan like me and want to give it a try, I caution you to at the very least get it from gamestop so you can return it in 7 days if you don't like it.
The only good thing I would say is the graphics are high compared to most DS games I've seen, and the 3D really does make a difference in gaming experience. But this is just unplayable.