EA Play announced that it is bringing The Sims 3 to consoles and handhelds. The Sims 3 will be released for the PS3, Xbox 360, DS, and Wii this fall.

Each new version will feature "Karma Powers," the ability to directly change your Sim's fortunes for better or worse. You can, for example, give them "instant beauty" or curse them with an "epic fail." These powers are said to have unexpected results as well.

In the announcement, EA also divulged some details on the platform-specific features:
  • PS3/Xbox 360 - "Rich, immersive gameplay is complimented with a seamlessly integrated exchange system on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms where gamers will be more connected than ever before as they design, build, and share their creations and download content from other players around the world without ever leaving the game. Facing short and long term challenges, players will reap rewards and trophies and can even share achievements with friends by connecting to Facebook."
  • Wii - "Players will be able to enjoy an all-new beach town with unique residents, traits, careers and lifetime wishes. For the first time ever, players can enjoy The Sims 3 with friends by going head to head in the new “Life Moments” game to earn rewards. Finally, players will also enjoy several adventure quests, as the game will challenge them to explore their town and discover the secrets therein."
  • DS - "Players can use the stylus to build their Sims’ homes with tools, draw walls and floors, and customize virtually everything from décor objects, textures, and more. Players will use the stylus to sculpt their Sims’ facial features, choose hair styles and clothing, and dictate personalities in the most robust Create a Sim yet for a handheld game. In “Story Mode,” players will control multiple Sims within a family and enjoy life’s special moments. For the first time ever on the Nintendo DS, players can enjoy a complete life simulation as they guide their Sims through completing challenges to unlock additional items, new buildings and landmarks, and more."
EA previously estimated that The Sims 3 ports would be released between October 1st and December 31st of this year.

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