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Microsoft’s “Rare” Xbox 360 Family Friendly Bundle

By Spencer . May 5, 2010 . 2:20am

Microsoft has an answer to Nintendo’s Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort package.

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Killer Instinct Lives Via Viva Piñata

By Spencer . October 16, 2008 . 2:33pm

Rare may never make another Killer Instinct again, but you can see Black Orchid again if you have Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise and an Xbox Vision camera. Three Killer Instinct Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise cards are up online for everyone to download, print, and use to put Fulgore, or “a suitable Piñata approximation […]

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Viva Pinata as a Trojan horse for the Xbox 360

By Spencer . July 3, 2008 . 2:25pm

In a first for a Microsoft gaming franchise, Viva Pinata will have new installments on the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo DS out in North America this September. THQ hasn’t announced a concrete date for Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise, but Microsoft confirmed Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise will come out on September 2nd in North […]

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Portable Viva Pinata synergizes with Xbox 360 sequel

By Spencer . May 13, 2008 . 7:58pm

Touch screen controls probably fit Viva Pinata better than a cursor controlled by an analog stick. We'll find out soon if this is an accurate assessment when THQ publishes Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise on the Nintendo DS. The portable version will go on sale this fall, around the same time as Viva Pinata: Trouble in […]

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Viva Piñata sequel scans Eye of Judgment

By Spencer . May 13, 2008 . 9:50am

Rare is working on a follow up to the commercially unsuccessful, albeit charming Viva Piñata this year. Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise will arrive in stores this September with a co-op mode for two gardeners. Thirty two new kinds of piñatas populate the magical island, which bumps the number of species (including troublesome sour piñatas) […]

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Microsoft reminds families the Xbox 360 is for kids too

By Spencer . December 19, 2007 . 6:35pm

Microsoft is extending their family friendly stance to Japan. On December 15, they held a Merry Christmas event at Tokyo Bay. Kids could meet the characters from Viva Piñata and try out a handful of CERO A video games like Beautiful Katamari. While I doubt many kids recognized Hudson Horstachio, Microsoft is trying to capture […]

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Party with Piñatas on October 30

By Spencer . October 10, 2007 . 9:28am

Hudson Horstachio, Franklin Fizzlybear, and other characters from the Saturday morning cartoon show are coming to an Xbox 360 near you on October 30 in Viva Piñata: Party Animals. On the surface Krome Studio’s game (not made by Rare!) shares a lot in common with Mario Party. However, there is a void of multiplayer party […]

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Introducing Viva Piñata: Party Animals

By Spencer . July 11, 2007 . 1:21am

Viva Piñata didn’t sell exceptionally well, but Microsoft is committed to the franchise. Coming out later this year is Viva Piñata: Party Animals, which takes the cast from the Saturday morning TV show and puts them into a party game. Rare is not handling the development work on Viva Piñata: Party Animals. Instead the title […]

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Viva Piñata cashes out everywhere

By Spencer . January 4, 2007 . 8:39am

First it’s a video game with a TV series tie in, now Viva Pinata is going to be all over the place. 4Kids Entertainment made a deals to begin making Viva Pinata toys, Halloween costumes, online greeting cards and toys. DecoPac who makes Spongebob cakes is going to be making the Viva Pinata templates. To […]

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Color your own piñata with these Viva Pinata templates

By Spencer . December 7, 2006 . 9:52am

  Love Viva Pinata? Now you can color your own piñata with these blank Viva Pinata coloring book pages.   Elephanilla | Lickatoad | Buzzlegum | Cocodile | Galagoogoo | Chewnicorn | Fudgehog   Also see: Pages from the Super Mario Brothers Activity book

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Pictures of the world’s largest Piñata party in Santa Monica

By Spencer . December 4, 2006 . 11:53am

This past Saturday Microsoft threw a Viva Piñata party at the Santa Monica pier. Before 11AM kids and their parents lined up to watch the ribbon cutting ceremony. Once inside there were craft stations, episodes of Viva Piñata to watch and Xbox 360s running Viva Piñata for kids to play. All of the demo stations […]

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Mario Lopez does the Viva Pinata dance

By Spencer . December 2, 2006 . 7:12pm

From dancing with the stars to dancing with piñatas Saved by the Bell alum, Mario Lopez, steps on stage to do the Viva Piñata dance at the Viva Piñata party earlier this afternoon. See the video below and follow the instructions to learn how to do the Viva Piñata dance too.

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Party with Piñatas in Santa Monica

By Spencer . November 27, 2006 . 6:39am

On Saturday, December 2nd, Microsoft is throwing a party to celebrate the launch of Viva Piñata. From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM animals from the TV series Viva Piñata are going to be hanging out at the Santa Monica Pier. You can meet up with Hudson Horstachio, Fergy Fudgehog and Paulie Pretztail. At the party […]

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Growing a garden in Viva Piñata

By Spencer . November 21, 2006 . 12:52am

There are plenty of quality titles on the Xbox 360, but few are exclusive games are geared towards children. Viva Piñata aims to change this, but even with its colorful characters Viva Piñata is a game anyone can enjoy. You start out with a barren garden and a masked girl named Leafos wandering in it. […]

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Digital IQ quiz: how much do you know about online safety?

By Spencer . November 17, 2006 . 9:41am

In one of the online safety brochures Microsoft released there is a “Digital IQ” quiz which is supposed to test parents on how much they know about online gaming. Now I know everyone here is going to ace the quiz, but some of the multiple choice questions are amusing.   What is the difference between […]