The Sims 3 to Hit the Consoles!

EXCELLENT NEWS for Sims fans whose computers might not be up to par when it comes to running the massive game! Here’s the story from PC World:

Surprise, The Sims 3 will soon shed its PC exclusivity by gracing not one, not two, but all three of the major consoles and a handheld to boot. Publisher Electronic Arts just revealed that The Sims 3 (PCW Score: 4.5 out of 5) is in the mixer for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo DS. It’s been secretly churning for some time too, apparently, since EA says it’ll be available for those four already this fall.

Worried it won’t transition comfortably from keyboard-mouse to couch-and-gamepad? Stay skeptical, but EA claims it “tailored each platform [version] of The Sims 3 with exclusive features to allow for even more control, creativity, and connectivity.” (I know, a little silly with the alliterative sunshine…and we’re not even to the part where they trot out shelf-syntax like “rich,” “immersive,” and “seamlessly integrated.”)

New to the console versions, “Karma Powers” let you fiddle more directly with your Sims’ well-being, and EA says you can employ them to help your Sim “get lucky,” offer them an “instant beauty” makeover, or slap them down with an “epic fail.” It sounds like the powers have flip-sides, too, and EA says using them “may have unexpected results and karma may come back to bite.”

Of the lot, it looks like the Wii and DS versions are the ones to beat. The PS3 and Xbox 360 ports will share the PC version’s option to share custom content with others. They’ll also include an option to automatically annoy–I mean “notify” Facebook friends of your in-game achievements.

But it’s the Wii and DS that have with the coolest-sounding new content.

For instance, the Wii gets a brand new beach town, with “unique residents, traits, careers and lifetime wishes.” You’ll be able to square off with friends in a new “Life Moments” mode (no explanation how it works) to earn rewards. And it sounds like EA’s added exclusive “adventure quests” designed to flesh out each area and break up stretches of needs-juggling monotony.

The DS version, by comparison, gets a “never before seen” feature where players can use the device’s stylus to “build their Sims’ homes with tools, draw walls and floors, and customize virtually everything from d├ęcor objects, textures, and more.” The Create-a-Sim aspect’s also reportedly been finessed to play to the DS’s strengths, allowing you to literally sculpt your Sims’ attributes and wardrobe. And while I’m not sure what this next bit means exactly, you can “for the first time ever on the Nintendo DS…enjoy a complete life simulation.” I’ll just read that as “notably less emasculated” overall gameplay than previous handheld ports.

Conspicuously absent from the lineup of supported devices? Sony’s PlayStation Portable, whose monthly unit sales are in the toilet. That’s a shame, considering how well the PSP version of The Sims 2 sold (tepid critical reaction notwithstanding) when it shipped back in December 2005.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on the Sims 3 for PC and are still looking for it, or if you want to be kept up-to-date on the impending release of the console ports, be sure to take a look over at EA Games’ Official Site.

Best of all, they’re having a “graduation sale” for the month of May so you can save 10-30% on all your digital game purchases!

Our Top Items this Christmas!

Hey there!

Here’s a look at the TOP 10 ITEMS on CMDSTORE.COM this Christmas! Is the Holiday Season creeping up a little too quickly, leaving you without ideas for what to get the fanboy or fangirl in your life? Take a look at the hottest toys we’ve got this Christmas, plus all the deadline dates to follow if you want your purchase to arrive right on time!

1) BAKUGAN : MAXUS HELIOS 7-IN-1
The most impressive Bakugan out there isn’t a single battle brawler, it’s the sum of seven! With this exclusive pack, you get six Bakugan that combine into a single Maxus Helios beast!

2) ZHU ZHU PETS
The latest craze to sweep this nation and others, we’ve got the four Zhu Zhu Pet hamsters, plus four accessories including the fun house and the Hamster City garage.

3) MARVEL SELECT: RED HULK
The Exclusive Marvel Select Red Hulk has been very popular this year. It features great sculpting, impressive articulation and a variant head, plus a rubble-strewn base sure to look awesome on any toy shelf.

4) TWILIGHT & NEW MOON FIGURES
The juggernaut that is the Twilight series has left some very nice NECA toys in its path, featuring Bella, Alive, Jacob and, of course, the man himself: vampire Edward Cullen. Swoon!

5) STAR WARS CLONE TANK
Featuring Electronic lights and sounds, plus launchable weaponry and some truly cool design, Star Wars fans should be pleased to see this brand new Turbo Tank roll out!

6) TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
Deluxe Class, Voyager Class, Robot Heroes and more! We’ve got everything from 2009’s biggest movie.

7) MCFARLANE’S HALO: SERIES 6
One of the biggest games of all time, the folks have outdone themselves in coming up with their toy line. Series 6 brings Brute Boyguards, Pure-form Floods and more!

8) SONIC ACTION FIGURES: SERIES 2
Sonic fans young and old will enjoy these figures, which bring together everyone from the Genesis years to Sonic’s rebirth with Nintendo. The new series features Yellow Super Sonic!

9) GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
This one’s a line of toys for fans of the film, but it should also be very appealing to any GI Joe fans looking for a new take on their favourite characters.

10) GEARS OF WAR: SERIES 5 Check out Col. Hoffman, Boomer, a COG soldier and a Grenadier Beast Rider in this awesome new series based on the hit XBox game.

DEADLINE DATES

STANDARD SHIPPING

ALL of the USA: December 20th before 4pm EST

Ontario & Quebec: December 21st before 5pm EST

Central, West Coast & Maritimes: December 15th before 5pm EST

Europe: December 11th before 5pm EST

UPS EXPRESS SHIPPING

ALL of the USA: December 23rd before 4pm EST

ALL of Canada EXCEPT NWT and Nunavut: December 23rd before 4pm EST

Europe, South America, Australia and Asia: December 21st before 3pm EST

CmdStore.com 15% Off SALE! THIS WEEKEND!

Cyber-Monday Special!

This Thanksgiving weekend, we at CmdStore.com are putting our ENTIRE IN-STOCK INVENTORY on sale for 15% off the current price.

Everything from Zhu Zhu Pets to Gears of War , Transformers to the DC Universe , Marvel Select to Sideshow ; whatever the current selling price, you’ll save an additional 15%. Yes, this applies to items that are already on sale.

So check it out over at CmdStore.com. It’s the perfect time to fill out your collection, find that one toy you’ve been missing, get through your gift-giving list or just go all-out and snag yourself some pre-Christmas swag!

Coupon Code: cmdblog15
Expires: Monday, 11:59pm EST, November 30, 2009.
Spend over $20 on any In-Stock items
(Does not apply to pre-order items or gift certificates)

Just add the items you want (make sure you spend over $20 bucks before shipping) and apply the coupon code before completing the checkout. See you there!