EA Conquers the Mountain With SSX 3Electronic Arts today announced that SSX 3 has shipped and is now available at retail under the EA SPORTS BIG(TM) brand. The third installment in EAs flagship action sports franchise, SSX 3 is now available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and Nintendo GameCube(TM). SSX 3 will also be released for the Game Boy(R) Advance on November 4th. SSX 3 challenges gamers to drop in and conquer a massive, living mountain three times the size of Mt. Everest. Sporting an all-new open-ended gameplay structure, gamers are free to ride anywhere gravity takes them, seamlessly snowboarding from one gravity-bending challenge to the next as they take on the mountains three larger-than-life peaks. Gamers who survive the challenge will be rewarded with an epic 30 minute ride down the entire mountain. SSX 3 offers more than 20 snowboarding events, made up of race and freestyle trick competitions plus scores of insane "BIG Challenges." The game also includes four new characters (for a total of 10), dozens of new over-the-top "Uber Tricks", a new combo system for ultra-high point totals and more than 1,000 unlockable items. In addition, SSX 3 offers online play for the PlayStation 2 console, allowing gamers to compete in head-to-head competition and chat with their friends (requires Internet connection, Network Adaptor for the PlayStation 2 console; USB headset, and broadband connection required for voice chat). SSX 3 has received rave reviews from industry trade press, including perfect scores in magazines including Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine and PSM. Both have hailed SSX 3 as "the best snowboarding game ever." The games EA TRAX(TM) soundtrack features new tracks and remixes from todays biggest artists, including Fatboy Slim, Janes Addiction, N.E.R.D., Queens of the Stone Age, The Chemical Brothers, and The X-Ecutioners. SSX 3, which was developed by EA Canada, is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and retails for $49.95 on console platforms. For more information on the online features of the product, see the platform-specific pages at www.ssx3.com, the official home page for SSX 3.