Rare is looking to release a video game for the Xbox 360 that will also have a featured cartoon, like Pokemon. It will be released this holiday season, and looks pretty good, for a kids game.
As part of the licensing arrangement forged with 4Kids Entertainment in January, Viva Piñata will premiere on 4Kids TV on FOX this fall.
While of course they are hoping to get more than just children to play the game, it will have hopefully the same kind of mass appeal that other franchises directed at youth have had.
The prospect of managing your own garden in real time and trading with other gamers on Live might appeal to the Animal Crossing,Pokémon, and Harvest Moon playing people.
Rare, having created a decent game in Kameo, could use another hit title right now, so it will be interesting to see how this does.