Posted on May 19, 2008,

Rare Talks About the Upcoming Pocket Paradise

viva-pinata.jpgViva Pinata: Pocket Paradise is done, we know that, and while there might not be any official release date attached to the game yet, Rare has been happy to share more details on the game and explain exactly why and how it is they’re releasing a game originally published by Microsoft on the Nintendo DS.

“There is no real conflict here,” explained producer Paul Machacek. “Due to the game’s broad appeal, it makes sense for this game to be on the Nintendo DS. After all, Microsoft is not only focused on selling platforms but also building great IP. From the very beginning, we asked, ‘Why limit ourselves to the console?,’ hence the cartoon series by 4Kids. We have no conflict in the handheld market and have been quite happy to continue producing games for it.”

Machacek said that the game is very portable-friendly and allows for you to save at any time, which is crucial. There will also be some very limited multiplayer support, albeit local-only.

“You can send crates to your friends, full of whatever you want to pack into them. This is limited to the local wireless connection, and there is no online mode. However, you can also send crates to other gardens saved on your own game card, so you can run several gardens simultaneously.”

I’m certainly looking forward to the game as a big fan of the original Viva Pinata. It seems like such a natural fit on DS with the stylus, and it seems like a perfect portable game that you can play for a few minutes or get deeply invested in.

via DS Fanboy

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