Historically, Xbox has failed to penetrate the Japanese market. Microsoft has also been slow to make Xbox appealing to another important market: kids. But Rare's Viva Piñata
looks to change this, becoming Microsoft's first big attempt at reaching out to the younger folk -- heck, it's even got a Saturday morning TV tie-in on Fox.
This weekend, Microsoft is hosting a Viva Piñata
party for the entire family, complete with life-size Piñata
characters, Viva Piñata
dance lessons, a carousel, and of course, gameplay stations. So is the Piñata
craze catching on? Does Microsoft have a killer one-two punch for the holidays? That is, Viva Piñata
for your kids, Gears of War