Viva Piñata

When Microsoft purchased Nintendo-focused developer Rare in 2002, fans were worried that the studio would lose their touch under the new publisher. Viva Piñata proved definitively that this was not the case, and stands out today as an extremely original, funny, and clever strategy series. Across two mainline games and a handful of spin-offs, players have raised some adorable pinata pals – and cruelly smashed them for their candy innards.