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