Friday, August 3, 2007

Viva Pinata for DS

During this year's E3 Media & Business Summit, Microsoft revealed it would be not only porting its casual-friendly Xbox 360 game Viva Piñata to PCs, but also developing a brand-new iteration in the series for its flagship console, titled Viva Piñata: Party Animals.

It now appears that Rare's vibrantly colored pinatas have been breeding like bunnies, as during Kids' Day at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Sunday, Microsoft announced it is readying a Nintendo DS version of Viva Piñata.

Aside from it being a port of the Xbox 360 game, details on the project are slim. However, a Rare employee posting under the username "Errrm" stated on an official Viva Piñata forum that the game would employ an angular viewpoint: "I believe it is a isometric view, rather than a 3d view. I am guessing this is something to do with the graphics power of the DS."

Though Microsoft acquired the UK-based studio from Nintendo in 2002, Rare has released a fairly steady stream of games for the Japanese giant's handheld in recent years. In addition to several Donkey Kong Country installments on the Game Boy Advance, Rare most recently brought its signature pint-sized gorilla to the DS in 2006 with Diddy Kong Racing DS.

[UPDATE] Rare has sent along updated information on Viva Piñata DS. Not only will the game include all the trappings of the Xbox 360 version, but it will also feature a greater variety of tools and tool actions, an updated journal and encyclopedia, and a wider variety of papier-mache critters. The DS version will also include new game modes including sandbox, where players have "full and easy access" to the piñatas, and episodes, which ties in to the game's spin-off TV series.

Rare also revealed that Viva Pinata DS will take advantage of several of the DS's unique capabilities. Players will able to interact with their pinatas using touch-screen controls, and pinatas can be exchanged via the DS's Wi-Fi capabilities.

Quoted from GAMESPOT