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First Viva Pinata Vision Card goes online

6:40 PM on 08.07.2008

Jim Sterling

Former Reviews Editor

Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise is a matter of weeks away, and to pave the way for the colorful Xbox 360 sequel, Rare has revealed the first of its Viva Piñata Vision Cards. If you don't quite remember what these little trinkets are, let designer Ryan Stevenson remind you, because I'm too lazy to explain it myself:

You don’t have to have a Vision Camera to play VP2 and you still get all the same content. The Vision Camera just adds a new dimension to Piñata and how you can interact with the game. Vision cards are really versatile, by showing one of the cards to the Vision Camera you can affect the weather, the time, garden items, piñatas, you can do just about anything.

The most interesting part of the Vision Cards gimmick is that (camera aside), it's free. Rare is stating that the cards won't cost us one thin dime, and demonstrated this point by revealing the very first Vision Card, which can be downloaded and scanned using the Vision Camera. 

"The team has had so much fun with the vision cards we’ve created our own team set, so you’ll have to see if you can find them all," stated Stevenson. Okay! I'll do do just that!

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