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sims 3Electronic Arts (EA) today announced that the Sims 3 game for PlayStation 3, Xbox and Nintendo DS will start shipping this week in both the United States and Europe.

Number one seller

The much anticipated version of the franchise was released on the PC in June 2009 and has already sold over 5 million copies and become a number one best selling PC game with over 180 million downloads of player created content.  The Sims 3 fan website gets up to seven million unique monthly visitors with the Sims 3 YouTube channel having more than 37 million video views.

Console features

The console version will have specific new features for each platform with achievement based game-play, special "Karma Powers" and the Nintendo DS version will have the first full life simulation.  EA say that gamers will be able to "play with life like never before."  PlayStation 3 and Xbox users will be able to post achievements on their Facebook and Twitter accounts and share their creations with other players from around the world.

The Nintendo DS version will enable gamers to use the stylus to create a home for their sims and control nearly every aspect from walls and floors to decor and textures.  The stylus will also enable players to "sculpt" faces, choose hair and clothing and decide the kind of personalities their sims have.  A story mode allows you to control many sims with a sims family.

Executive Producer at EA, Ben Bell, said of the latest release "The Sims fans have been anxiously awaiting the next generation release of console and handheld games for the series, and we've been working hard to give them the most robust The Sims experience to date,"

Sims franchise

sims 3 playstation xboxThe Sims franchise has been going for around ten years and has sold over 125 million units in 22 languages in 60 different countries.  It centers around the simulation of daily life with players being able to control one or more characters as they progress through various stages of life, love and happiness.  The game is already available on Windows PC, Mac, iPhone and iPod touch with a 2011 release for the Nintendo 3DS.

The Sims 3 Console Trailer

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