EA’s First 3DS Game is a…Gardening Sim!?

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The first game EA is creating to showcase the eye-popping, glasses-free 3D technology of Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS portable isn’t something obvious like a new The Sims game or a title from an established franchise like Madden, Dead Space, Medal of Honor, Need for Speed, or even something like Boom Blox, which I think could be pretty neat in 3D.

EA’s first 3DS game is none other than My Garden. That’s right, My Garden, a gardening simulation game in which players will team up with a fuzzy, cuddly sidekick named Tanuki to plant and cultivate the garden of their dreams in full 3D.

From the press release, which I’ve pasted in below so you can read about the game in full, My Garden so far sounds somewhat reminiscent of Viva Pinata, so I’m actually kind of excited to see how this game comes together. Read on and see what you make of it.

My Garden is planned for release as a 3DS launch title…whenever the 3DS launch date may be.

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Electronic Arts Seeds the Ground for My Garden in 3-D

New Gardening Game to Blossom on Nintendo 3DS

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced My Garden for the Nintendo 3DS™, a new title in development that will allow players to create custom gardens in a variety of unique and beautiful environments. Optimized for the coming 3-D platform, My Garden will offer graphics that bring flowers to life in a vibrant and realistic manner. Digital gardeners will get to choose from hundreds of flower and plant varieties as well as unique items to design, cultivate and enhance landscapes. My Garden is scheduled to be unveiled at EA’s Tokyo Game Showcase on September 15, 2010.

“With My Garden, our aim was simple: to make something beautiful that comes to life on the Nintendo 3DS like no other platform,” said Rod Humble, Executive Vice President of the EA Play Label. “We hope to offer a game that’s so immersive that it truly brings the delight of owning a garden to life through a visually stunning 3D experience.”

With the help of a cute sidekick named Tanuki, players will test their green thumbs on a variety of missions that inspire them to create beautiful outdoor spaces in six unique environments such as an arid desert, the banks of a cascading brook, and a lush rainforest. Gardeners will snap a photo of their creations with the game’s free-roaming in-game camera in order to unlock rare and exotic flowers. Along the way, My Garden players will also unlock more than 20 different abilities for Tanuki, who uses those attributes, plus a little magic, to help the garden reach its full potential.

Every gardener will have a bouquet of flowers and items to choose from in creating his or her own floral paradise. As new growth begins to push, the flora comes alive in a resplendent array of colors and textures, attracting natural garden visitors ranging from birds to butterflies, insects and other creatures. If a player wants a few more feathered friends in the garden, simply whistle bird calls into the Nintendo 3DS microphone to summon additional members of the flock. Alternatively, if too many unwanted visitors arrive at the garden gate, a quick shake of the Nintendo 3DS will send them scattering while also dispensing in-game coins that can be used to add a variety of new garden tools and more plants.

My Garden will be released alongside the hardware launch of the Nintendo 3DS. For more information on My Garden, please visit: www.ea.com/mygarden.

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