The Sims Bustin Out Ships for GBA

Electronic Arts today announced that The Sims Bustin' Out for the Game Boy Advance has shipped in North America. "For the first time, Game Boy Advance players will be able to experience the zany and unpredictable world of The Sims. Players can take direct control of their Sim to explore 20 all-new Game Boy Advance exclusive locations as they work their way from rags to riches." The Sims Bustin' Out Game Boy Advance version will support connectivity with the GameCube version scheduled to release in mid-December.
EA Ships The Sims Bustin' Out on Game Boy Advance REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Dec. 2, 2003 - Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS - News) today announced that The Sims(TM) Bustin' Out for the Game Boy® Advance has shipped under the EA Games brand in North America. For the first time, Game Boy Advance players will be able to experience the zany and unpredictable world of The Sims(TM). Players can take direct control of their Sim to explore 20 all-new Game Boy Advance exclusive locations as they work their way from rags to riches. The Sims Bustin' Out Game Boy Advance version will support connectivity with the Nintendo GameCube(TM) version scheduled to release in mid-December. "Sims fans can now take their Sims anywhere with The Sims Bustin' Out on Game Boy Advance," said Sinjin Bain, Vice President and Executive Producer of the game at EA's Maxis(TM) studio. "In bringing The Sims to the Game Boy Advance, we've redesigned the gameplay to translate the core Sims gameplay into a unique Game Boy Advance experience, while keeping the signature offbeat humor of The Sims." True to the original The Sims games, Game Boy Advance players will create a Sim with a unique appearance and personality to control throughout the game. As players make their way through the adventure, they will need to satisfy the traditional eight core Sim motives including bladder, comfort, hygiene, and, of course, hunger. Players begin their adventure on Hayseed Farm, but will soon make their way to various locations in SimValley eventually living in the coolest cribs, such as the swanky Waterfront Villa. Players will explore over 20 locations such as Olde Salty's Fish and Chips Stand and the rockin' Club Rubb. They will meet a wild cast of over 30 new characters exclusive to the Game Boy Advance such as Old Salty, Lottie Cash, and Detective Dan. In addition, players will unlock a scooter that will let them make their way around SimValley with speed and style. Players can even visit an animal shelter and adopt a dog or cat to keep them company. New to The Sims Bustin' Out is a close-up social interaction screen that will let players have conversations with other Sims, making friends and enemies in order to advance through levels and complete goals. Players also will be challenged with eight new career mini-games including Smoothie Slider, Cliff Diver X, and Pizza Pandemonium. Unlike previous The Sims games, players will not purchase items from a catalog. Players will now collect over 150 Game Boy Advance exclusive objects such as a Pinball Machine, Giant Tiki Head, and Beejaphone Guitar. Players obtain objects by attending once-a-day auctions and shopping in stores. The Sims Bustin' Out supports the Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable; players can link to a friend's Game Boy Advance to trade or sell rare objects through live auctions. By linking with their friends, players can also unlock a special location, Paradise Island, that features a special store with exclusive objects. The Sims Bustin' Out Game Boy Advance version will support connectivity with The Sims Bustin' Out Nintendo GameCube version. When connected, Game Boy Advance players will unlock a hidden game cabinet that will allow them to use their Nintendo GameCube Sims to play mini-games on the Game Boy Advance and earn extra Simoleons. Players will also be able to download and play their Nintendo GameCube Sim in the Game Boy Advance world and obtain Simoleons, motives, and skills to bring back with them to the Nintendo GameCube version. This enables players to take their Nintendo GameCube Sim with them anywhere. The Sims Bustin' Out for the Game Boy Advance was developed by EA's Maxis studio in conjunction with Griptonite Games, an Amaze Entertainment Studio and carries an ESRB rating of "E" for Everyone with descriptors of mild violence and comic mischief. It is available in stores now for a suggested retail price of US $29.99 or by direct order from the EA Store(SM) at http://www.ea.com or by calling 877-EA GAMES (1-877-324-2637). More information on The Sims Bustin' Out for the Game Boy Advance can be found at http://thesims.ea.com/.