Posted on November 28, 2007, Chris Viva Piñata DS a “Streamlined Version” of the 360 Game
While it did quite poorly on the sales charts, Viva Piñata was a high quality game that deserved more attention that it got. Part of the blame can certainly be placed on poor marketing (although the commercial above is pretty sweet), but being on a platform in the Xbox 360 that doesn’t really cater to the demographic that would be most interested in VP didn’t help. Sure, it was a game that could certainly be enjoyed by a person of any age, but released next to Gears of War, it just didn’t catch on with the 360 crowd.
Luckily, it’s gotten another chance on PC recently and soon for the DS. (Check back for a review of the PC game soon.) There’s been some question as to if the DS version would be any different from the original 360 game. A recent interview answered these questions and more, with a Rare staffer stating that Viva Piñata DS is “a streamlined version of the 360 version, all of the features are present from the 360 version but we have utilised the dual screens to give the player instant information about requirements etc. Also we have implemented a full touch screen interface which really adds to the game experience. On top of that we have new Piñatas, tools etc. So basically quite a lot.”
When asked if there would be any further downloadable content for the 360 version of the game, Rare said that there wouldn’t be, but that they were at work on something that was better than Viva Piñata DLC. Sequel, anyone?
Read the full interview here.