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Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise

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Title Screen

Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise

Developer: Rare
Publisher: THQ
Platform: Nintendo DS
Released in US: September 8, 2008
Released in EU: September 5, 2008
Released in AU: September 25, 2008


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.


Hmmm...
To do:
Find a way into assets.bin, it's where most of the game's files are stored.

For those who couldn't be able to get an Xbox 360 or a good enough PC at the time just to play Viva Piñata, this game was probably their only option left. Luckily, it manages to hold up well even with the top-down view. Notable for being Rare's final game on a Nintendo platform.

Possible Debug Menu And Test Maps

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: See if it's still possible to access these. File replacement doesn't seem to work.

Present in the game directory are a number of files with names that suggest a debug menu along with some test maps may be present in the game. It's currently unknown if the files for any of these are still present in the ROM.

  • BENTESTLEVEL.lev
  • LEVEL_ARTURO_TEST.lev
  • LEVEL_DEBUG_MENU.lev
  • LEVEL_LOAD_TEST.lev
  • LEVEL_PINATA_TEST.lev
  • LEVEL_SPRITE_MOVIE_EDITOR.lev
  • LEVEL_TEXT_VIEWER.lev
  • LEVEL_TITLESCREEN_TEST.lev
  • PinataTestLevel.lev
  • SFXTESTLEVEL.lev
(Source: Ferrox)

Unused Audio

Two leftover sound effects from Diddy Kong Racing DS.

Two voice clips of Yoshi, also present in Diddy Kong Racing DS.

Build Date

Jun  5 2008 THQ_MARKETING_VERSION

At 0xA0B91 in arm9.bin is a build date.