New Releases: What upcoming games are you looking forward to?
Ah, Rare. How cruel a developer you are, both pleasing and tormenting gamers with your unique talent for crafting games that appeal to casual and hardcore audiences alike. Only you could come up with something like Viva Piñata, a game that can take themes like sex and violence, roll them up in a cute, candy-filled wrapper, and leave fans everywhere with their hands out like Oliver Twist begging, "Please sir, I want some more." Unlike poor Ollie, though, Rare answered with a "Sure thing, buddy," dishing out a heaping helping of piñata goodness with Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise for the Nintendo DS. It's like a party in your pocket. It may be surprising to see the Microsoft-owned developer taking an Xbox 360-exclusive franchise to the DS -- until considering that the developer in question is Rare. Long before Rare brought Perfect Dark, Kameo and Viva Piñata to the 360, the were giving Nintendo plenty of love with games like Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct and GoldenEye...
What's Hot: All the fun of the Xbox 360 version in a portable package
What's Not: No online Wi-Fi trades; Gardens can feel a bit cramped