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What happened to Viva Pinata?



April 30th, in the year of our Lord 2013, Cordova, TN. There are questions I really have no answers to. There are questions that sit on my brain for weeks. There are questions that keep me awake at night. One of those questions is - What happened to Viva Pinata? Can someone out there please tell me what went wrong? This video game franchise that was on the Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Personal Computer also had its own television show series. Yet with all of this exposure and success in terms of sales it was turned off like a light switch. Families that enjoyed Viva Pinata were being given nothing new to play. Viva Pinata has been quietly retired. Which brings me back to – Why?

Sales did diminish from the first game (Viva Pinata) to the second game (Viva Pinata Trouble in Paradise). The party game version (Viva Pinata Party Animals) was not that successful. Viva Pinata Pocket Paradise on the Nintendo DS showed an uptick in sales for the franchise. Did THQ market it different than Microsoft Game Studios? Did the television show help in terms of sales? I wish I knew the answers to these questions. As far as I can tell Viva Pinata was immensely successful over a short term, and then died off very quickly. Was there too many games for the franchise in a short period of time?

Was there a reason families quickly jumped on board the Viva Pinata gardening concept, and then just as quickly left it? Viva Pinata had everything going for it to become as popular as Pokemon. It didn't happen, and I am left to wonder why. Building the garden, and attracting Pinata animals was fun. Watching their little breeding dance to get more of the same Pinata animal was cool. Stopping predators from eating your Pinata animals was exciting. All of the diversity of game play, and things that you could do with your park was amazing. Yet it shriveled up and died. I wish I knew why. I miss the Viva Pinata franchise, and hope it returns some day soon.

- Paul Bury
- Family Friendly Gaming


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