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3:00 PM on 05.28.2012

Jimquisition: The best looking game this generation

The Jimquisition takes a break from discussing consumer shenanigans to focus a little on the games themselves. What exactly is the best looking game this generation, and why does it look better than the games you're all thin...

Jim Sterling


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4:00 PM on 01.16.2012

Five games we could really Kinect with

Kinect, as it stands right now, is a "pretty cool" thing. As a supplement to the general operation of an Xbox 360, it's hard for me to imagine living without it now that it's in my home. As an accessory designed for the purpo...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 PM on 09.04.2009

Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin: Viva Pinata

Behold, 'tis the "exclusive, between-seasons" episode of HAWP that was shown at today's PAX panel. Not so exclusive NOW, is it? Ha. Hahaha. Muahahah-alright, that's enough.This paragraph is usually the part that wou...

Topher Cantler

10:20 PM on 12.17.2008

Viva Pinata does Dr. Who

Rare may have created these for NeoGAF, but they wanted to let the Destructoid community also know of these rather natty Viva Piñata wallpapers which show the candy-stuffed abominations playing dress-up with a variety ...

Jim Sterling

5:33 AM on 10.16.2008

Rare keeps Killer Instinct rumors going with new Viva Pinata cards

Not a studio to fan the flames of gossip or anything, the guys at Rare have taken it upon themselves to create a selection of "Viva Piñata vs. Killer Instinct" Vision Cards for use with Viva Piñata: Tr...

Jim Sterling

6:24 AM on 09.08.2008

Rare's 'to-do' list for Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

I pretty much hate MTV Multiplayer because they sometimes have really good ideas that I want to steal, and if they were a smaller blog I could probably do it and bully them into submission -- like all good writers. However, t...

Jim Sterling

10:19 AM on 09.02.2008

Viva Pinata 2 treasure hunt shenanigans and Web site launch

To promote the worldwide release of Viva Piñata 2: Trouble in Paradise, Rare is doing a few things for the community this week which should interest all those obsessed with brightly colored, candy-filled sentient horse...

Jim Sterling

10:35 AM on 08.30.2008

Rare isn't immediately interested in Viva Pinata 3, new title in the works

The lead designer of Viva Piñata Trouble in Paradise, Justin Cook, recently disclosed that Rare is not immediately interested in another sequel to the family franchise. Cook said “As far as the team is concerned ...

Brad Nicholson

1:02 PM on 08.15.2008

Viva Pinata gets simultaneous release on DS and 360

When I started hearing details on Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise, I grew very afraid. Last time there was a Viva Pinata game in my house, I didn't get to play the 360 for weeks as my woman dominated the system and re-formed...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:39 AM on 08.15.2008

Believa Pinata followup: New video, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes with Rare

 Remember the Believa Piñata video we posted a few weeks ago? Well, Rare is back again with a follow up piece that further spoofs 2007's Halo 3 advertising campaign. Just watch and come back.  Back? Good...

Jim Sterling

6:48 PM on 08.10.2008

Four player co-op revealed in Viva Pinata 2 achievements

Thirty of Viva Piñata 2's achievements have recently been made public, and while I normally have no interest in posting achievement/trophy lists, this one is actually interesting. It reveals that the multicolored Rare ...

Jim Sterling





6:40 PM on 08.07.2008

First Viva Pinata Vision Card goes online

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 the...

Jim Sterling

6:01 AM on 08.01.2008

Believa Pinata: Epic video parodies Halo 3 advert

 The above is a rather amusing spoof of Halo 3's "Believe" ad campaign, using Viva Piñata figurines in place of humanity's last stand. As someone with a fondness for Rare's candy-stuffed animal shenanigans, this certainly raised a smirk from me. Rare really should adopt this as the Trouble In Paradise commercial. It worked for Halo 3.   [Thanks, Power Glove]

Jim Sterling

1:19 PM on 07.03.2008

Viva Pinata is in your paradise, troubling it (on September 5)

If you're an overgrown man-child like me, you'll no doubt be looking forward to the rather gorgeous Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise. Microsoft has kindly dated the Rare sequel for us, and fans of candy-stuffed incestu...

Jim Sterling

1:08 PM on 06.24.2008

New Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise screens give you crabs

NeoGAF has four large screens from Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise for you to check out, and if you couldn't tell from the above shot, there's a new animal for your viewing pleasure. Crabs are awesome, and I'm glad to...

Jim Sterling



Pew! Pew! Preview!: Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise photo
Pew! Pew! Preview!: Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise
by Jim Sterling

Last week, Rare Studios very kindly invited me to their secret headquarters in the rain-soaked Midlands to try my hand at the Nintendo DS version of the critically acclaimed Viva Piñata. Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise takes the cheerful-yet-sinister gardening simulation of the Xbox 360 title and shrinks it down onto Nintendo's handheld for (hopefully) a wider audience to enjoy.

Having spent a whole afternoon tempting Quackberries and feeding Bunnycombs to Pretztails while laughing with glee at my mastery over life and death, I'm happily confident enough in my knowledge of all things feral and candy-filled to provide a Destructoid-flavored preview for your consumption. Hit the jump to see if Viva Piñata truly is capable of putting a paradise in your pocket. 

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