Japanese building Sim City DS

According to <i>Famitsu</i>, the classic urban-management series is coming to a dual-screen handheld near you...if you live in Tokyo, anyway.

The Japanese market is notoriously wary of foreign games. However, the runaway popularity of the Nintendo DS in Japan presents a great opportunity to any overseas developers savvy enough to put out a game suited to this country's tastes and needs. It seems that Electronic Arts is game to try. The September 15 issue of Weekly Famitsu reports than Sim City DS (working title) is scheduled for release sometime this winter.

The game is loosely based on the PC title Sim City 3000, although Famitsu emphasizes it is not a port. Extensive use will be made of the stylus, not only in the game proper but also in a series of minigames.

The game's main city-building mode will be familiar to fans of the series. Players take on the role of mayor and build a city. There is also a mission-based mode called Save the City, in which players choose a preset city, then work on solving its problems--chronic traffic jams, for instance. One of the wireless features revealed in the article was a messaging service. Players can exchange messages and exchange landmarks with another player.

A few features have been added to make the game as user-friendly as possible. In addition to the expected tutorial, there is a bearded, bespectacled advisor character that will guide players as they build and administer their city.

The game seems designed with the Japanese market in mind. For one thing, it is set in Japan and uses real cities for the Save the City mode. Also, the character designs shown for the townspeople are distinctly Japanese. There's a uniformed high school girl with baggy socks and a dark tan, a backpack-sporting Akihabara geek--complete with tote-bag, ponytail, and glasses--and a stereotypical middle-aged Japanese man sporting a stomach warmer wrapped around his belly.

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63 comments
Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

Bah, I want a Sim City game for my DS =P

dopeyrunt
dopeyrunt

and here in lies one of the many benefits to living in Japan.

DesRed
DesRed

A good game for the Nintendo DS. Good luck, Nintendo and EA.

JONVaillant
JONVaillant

If they sell cr@ppy games on European shores, then a good game like this will definitely be available. ( I HOPE )

DFTricks
DFTricks

I always loved the series :D, can't wait for it to come out ^^

General_Ryan
General_Ryan

Does anyone know if it will be available in the US?

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Cool that will be awesome...i'm learning Japanese though so i'll probaly get the Japanese version...because well it's more Japanese and well I like Japanese so umm lol

faridmon
faridmon

i want this game here in europe, and yes leave the japanese schoolgirls, they are hot, and keep the short scorts on, and yes make the disaster a GODZILLA!!!!

PiMacleod_basic
PiMacleod_basic

that could be fun. especially with the ability to save whenever you want, like SC games usually do.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

sim city was cool back in the day

WCLord
WCLord

...same thoughts as everyone else

Digital-Devil
Digital-Devil

I doubt it will remain only in Japan for long

insinuendo
insinuendo

Sim City only being released in Japan? Never saw that coming. Hope we get a taste of them apples over here in the west.

_Sam_
_Sam_

hope it's good

U1
U1

Bring back Dr Wright!

ccli
ccli

If there going to be an English ver. I hope it is still Japanese style people.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

It better be the snes version with the crazy guy with green hair

rey06
rey06

why only in japan?

roareh
roareh

the perfect game for the train. watch those minutes fly by!

skatefreak89
skatefreak89

Sim city was fun, now to see it portable is more fun, yeah

777rak
777rak

Man I would love to see this game come to america, I miss Sim City

4lic
4lic

Why Japan keeps all the great games? When this ridiculoury will end...I'm really tired of waiting half a year for playing Final Fantasy in english...

FriedConsole
FriedConsole

What's with Japan and girls in school girl outfits? Every anamie show has to have at least one.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

That's actually kool. I do think they should target the adult gamers since it might be too much for a kid.

Acid_Kitsune
Acid_Kitsune

Like someone said, bring it here, and leave the schoolgirls in. In fact, make every single character in the game schoolgirls!

KorJax
KorJax

W00T! Also, someone is developing a C&C Red Alert 1 for the DS as well. Its not by EA though, i think someone is just trying to program the game in there with the Stylus on thier free time. Google it up to see screens and such.

mhder
mhder

SilV3RSix What they need to do is make it Korean themed. Then it would sell like gangbusters in Japan. Don't ask. Japan is slurping South Korean celebs right now for some reason. There are even Japan-Korean dating sites set up to support the craze. -- True yet the people who are going crazy over South Korean hunks are the middle aged Japanese women. And from what I hear from the teens that watch korean dramas, it's because the stories are so absurd and unbelievable, they find it entertaining as a "getaway" from other dramas. But if you made it a Korean themed one, every second building would end up being a net cafe and there would have to be a guy who sits in one for 48 hours playing games till he dies.

Mad_Duck_04
Mad_Duck_04

Better brush up on my Japanese so I can port this one.

andersalsen
andersalsen

Yeah, really hope it get to the rest of the world also. Remember the original SIm City with joy!

Sheegot
Sheegot

NOO! Europe! Europe! EXPORT!

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

would be neat if this game came to canada

sigma8
sigma8

People who randomly hate things or hate known unknowns FTL.

myrllellei
myrllellei

grrrrrr, i hate where doubtme is from!!!

nytrospawn
nytrospawn

Those of you who think Sim City is boring should play the other games developed by Will Wright. Either that , or you guys are suffering from ADD.

doubtme
doubtme

grrrr i hate america!!!

Kenithdry
Kenithdry

This would make a great release, I haven't played Sim City in ages!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Send it HERE (US). I am so all about a DS version of SimCity... oh, and leave the Japanese schoolgirls in it.

daqua_99
daqua_99

I wish it was released worldwide ... probibly do good in sales ....

dazman92
dazman92

Never before has importing seemed so tantalizing...besides the black DS Lite, that thing is hot!

Ioden
Ioden

I want this SO BADLY. I've wanted a portable SimCity forever. That GBA crapfest doesn't count. Seriously, EA, do something good for once, and port it to the US.

SilV3RSix
SilV3RSix

What they need to do is make it Korean themed. Then it would sell like gangbusters in Japan. Don't ask. Japan is slurping South Korean celebs right now for some reason. There are even Japan-Korean dating sites set up to support the craze.