Pinata Problems March 18, 2007Posted by dpcough in Xbox/ Xbox 360 General.
Viva Pinata hasn’t been the most successful franchise debut for Microsoft, it’s gone rather bad. So why isn’t it doing that good? Invisible Man brought up two good points about why it isn’t doing so hot. I agree with both points on why the kids aren’t embracing it, even if my little brother loves it and keeps asking when toys come out for it (Microsoft says this year) and he wonder why the toys weren’t out during Christmas when the game came out. I can’t answer that question but the points Invisible Man made are good, here they are:
- The two problems I see with the Viva Piñata franchise are:1 – Unlike the Pokémon, these piñatas talk. And they sound like every other kids cartoon show out there.
2 – Unlike Animal Crossing or Pokémon, the objective or your relation to the characters, especially when you think of real piñatas, is VERY confusing! I mean, are they beaten down with a stick until they break open and we (or other piñatas) eat their contents? Do we get prizes if we “kill” them, like real piñatas? Are they like animals, and do you own them, like Pokémon, or are they their own sentient beings that own stuff and go about their business, like Animal Crossing residents?
The only way to get an idea of why we want to play this game is by buying it, which makes it difficult to market.