Worthplaying Review: Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise

WP reports:

''Like Peter Parker or Gordon Freeman, some people are just in the right place at the right time, and the same is true for a lot of the big corporations nowadays. They don't like to admit it, but luck plays a huge role in the success or failure of a lot of companies. 4Kids Entertainment got lucky when it decided to bring over a Japanese cartoon based on a popular video game called Pokémon, and it's been trying to replicate that success ever since, with franchise after franchise of children-marketed games and animation.

Viva Piñata is another example of being in the right place at the right time. While Rare was developing a sandbox game for the 360, it realized that it had a lot of marketing potential with its vibrant and cleverly named creatures, and when 4Kids got hold of it, they milked it for all it was worth. As of right now, this includes four games and a televised computer-animated cartoon, all closely tied together to try to enthrall children the way that Pokémon continues to with each new incarnation. While not as addictive and successful as the pocket monsters, Viva Piñata's brilliant world and creatures still hold up fantastically in its DS incarnation, Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise.''

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