Viva Pinata Preview

Unveiled during Spring 2006, Viva Piñata is the third Xbox 360 title to be developed by Rare since the launch of Microsoft's next-gen console at the end of 2005. In a bid to open up the appeal of Xbox 360 beyond the usual demographic, Viva Piñata has also been the subject of a 4Kids TV show, and follows the strange land of Piñata Island from the eyes of a group of Piñata friends.

Very much a North American phenomenon, and originally thought to have been introduced by Spanish colonists to Mexico, Piñatas are now starting to encroach birthday parties on this side of the Atlantic too. Created from papier-mâché and resembling everything from basic shapes through to animals, Piñatas are suspended above the ground and are subject to a thrashing from stick-wielding brats, er...children. And the point of all this? Piñatas are filled with sweets so that when they crack open, the kids can gorge themselves on the candy in a way that would make Jamie Oliver turn in his grave (if he was dead...though that can be arranged). TVG managed to visit Rare's latest world at the recent X06 event in Barcelona, and experience the piñata mating dances first hand...

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zonetrooper56254d ago

I kinda want this game as it looks very good. But many people will say its kiddie, oh well who cares.

PS360PCROCKS6254d ago

This is so cool, I want to get this for my neice and nephew but I will see if their into the cartoon first, only thing is I don't like handing over my Xbox 360 controller to them because I don't feel like they'll understand what to do, maybe I am just worried, I guess six and seven year olds are capable of playing videogames too, any opinions?

THWIP6254d ago

...this game being conceived by 2 guys tripping on shrooms and/or acid. :|

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Revival rumors swirl as Microsoft renews Viva Piñata trademark

Viva Piñata could well make a come back after Microsoft moved to renew the trademark, along with Blast Corps.

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-Foxtrot514d ago

Rather see Banjo-Threeie

Hell a remake-revamp of Grabbed by the Ghoulies, great concepts, not executed the best but having everything around you as a weapon was great, with new tech they could get more creative

Sciurus_vulgaris514d ago

Microsoft has been gradually rebooting Rare IPs. I wouldn’t be surprised if MS announces another Rare IP reboot after Perfect Dark release in 2023-2024. Based on popularity you would think Banjo, Viva Piñata and Conker would be the next likely candidates for rebooting [or a new release].

maxbeverett514d ago

Agree completely with you but Viva Pinata would be beautiful with modern graphics

AngainorG7X514d ago

Banjo, Conker, Kameo so many great IPs, come on MS..

maxbeverett514d ago

Conker is a particularly great shout

XiNatsuDragnel514d ago

So much rare IPs cmon Microsoft

Fearmonkey513d ago

I loved the first game, id love a new game like the first one.

EazyC513d ago

This game rocked. It was so relaxing making a little garden and getting pinatas to... Dance with each other.

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5 Neglected Rare Franchises That Also Deserve a Comeback

Jared writes: "With the Battletoads having made a triumphant return, let's look at the rest of Rare's back catalog for which series deserves a return to form next."

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GaboonViper1193d ago

I want a new Perfect Dark, Banjo and Jet Force Gemini.

Bathyj1192d ago

I actually don't want them. I'm not a big fan of Microsoft rehashing IPs they had nothing to do with creating just because they happen to own them.

Before you call me fanboy tell me a game they did that to that actually lives up the the original?

Just leave our beloved memories alone. You want to bring something back, redo crimson Skies or Brute Force. At least they were your games and they need updates.

gamer78041192d ago

I'm all for The Initiative rebooting perfect dark as a third person though, sounds like its trying something new and not just rehashing with a new coat of paint with this idea. Hope we see a tease of it in the next showcase.

gamer78041192d ago

Rumor is The Initiative is working on rebooting Perfect Dark in third person, normally I wasn't a fan of taking existing IPs but if its something new like this I'm up for it.

jznrpg1192d ago (Edited 1192d ago )

Don’t give them the Battletoads treatment .

TravsVoid1192d ago (Edited 1192d ago )

Donkey Kong Country is probably my favorite game of all time but I've not connected with much else Rareware has made since other than maybe Killer Instinct. Sea of Thieves has got to be close to my worst $60 purchase I've ever made.

sagapo1192d ago

Viva pinata was kinda fun imo.


Rare Games That Need A Comeback

Kaan writes: "Rare is easily the most historic Xbox Game Studio. Founded in 1985, Rare may have begun life churning out middling titles for Nintendo but in the '90s Rare became a juggernaut within the games industry. They released classic after classic in quick succession and the most impressive part was the variety in titles. Beat 'em ups, Kart racers, platformers, first-person shooters, third-person action games; Rare did it all. But they need to bring some of these games back. Now."

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