E3 2008: Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise Impressions

Microsoft shows off a trailer for the Viva Pinata sequel at its E3 media briefing.

Earlier today, at its E3 media briefing held inside the Los Angeles Convention Center's West Hall, Microsoft showed off a trailer for Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise. Currently scheduled for release later this year, the Viva Pinata sequel promises to expand upon the original game with, among other things, the introduction of around 30 new species.

Today's trailer didn't show off much that was new, given that we had an opportunity to get hands-on with the game just a couple of months ago, but there were a couple of creatures in the mix that we hadn't seen in action before, including a camel and a great-looking pair of gorillas. We're not sure what their in-game names are going to be at this point, but caramels and grape apes (or granillas, perhaps) are surely names in the running over at Rare.

The new option to add creatures to your garden by scanning in cards using the Live Vision camera was also demoed briefly during the trailer, and if the information-video-style tutorial is to be believed, it'll require you to do nothing more than hold the card up to the camera for a couple of seconds. Microsoft still hasn't confirmed how the cards will be distributed.

Noteworthy garden features that appeared in the trailer included a toy train (one of many toys that you'll have the option to add) and a tower of sour much taller than the one in the first game. No surprises there. It makes sense that there would be some new predatory "sours" among the 30-plus new pinatas in the game.

We look forward to bringing you more information on Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise as soon as it becomes available. Hopefully that will be soon, given that E3 '08 opens its doors less than 24 hours from now.

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Discussion

22 comments
grambyte
grambyte

never played the first one, and i don't think i will play this one either

gamah_killah
gamah_killah

It''s graphically impressive for an E game imo. Looks really fun too

1005
1005

More Viva Pinata is always good, the first game was fun and this looks to be even more fun!

09231991
09231991

This looks way better than the first. The first one was awesome:)

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

I'm guessing you can't draw your own custom pinata on a card and show it to the cam -_-

Strife88
Strife88

The vision cam idea is actually not bad.

DeathStar17
DeathStar17

The first one was great, but it got to be a bit overbearing. Lets hope for more good stuff out of this one...

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Hope to hear more of it..totally love the first one

TwiztedMetal
TwiztedMetal

can we say eye of judgment lol! well the deal with the cards is just like it :)

SolidSnake35
SolidSnake35

I hope they change the landscape or something like that. Using the same garden got a bit old after a while, but it should be a good game whatever though.

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Meh Viva Pinata... nothing special in my mind. Oh well, maybe someone else will like it more.

km1498
km1498

Can't wait for this one.

carstairs
carstairs

It looks to be good like the first one :D.

3KindgomsRandy
3KindgomsRandy

Sounds good to me. The first game was excellent, and I expect this one will be equally so.

SpawnHellraiser
SpawnHellraiser

I liked the first game so I'll probably like the second one also. Bring on the Pinatas!

Neosword
Neosword

Never played the original, don't plan on playing this.

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

Yay more Pinatas, I was pleasantly surprised when I played the first game so I look forward to see what Rare will do with this one, bring on the desserts.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I just hope the game turns out to be as good as the 1st