Won’t somebody think of the E-numbers?

Good news! Viva Pinata: Party Animals has been announced at E3.

Bad news! It’s a collection of colourful mini-games.

Odd news! It’s not being developed by Rare, but rather Ty the Tazmanian Tiger creators Krome. We know that Rare are working on Banjo-Kazooie, but it seems strange that Microsoft have taken their franchise away from them so soon.

The trailer reveals a few of the 40-odd mini-games, including one where the critters have to do a huge burp to propel a boat across a lake. Online play will apparently be a big part of the package. It all sounds a bit Fuzion Frenzy to us at this stage though.

Microsoft also announced a quiz game – Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action – which sounds like a copy of Sony’s popular Buzz series (it even comes with enlarged big button controllers).

There was also confirmation that Bomberman, Sonic, Golden Axe, Bungie’s Marathon: Durandal, and the amazing Puzzle Quest will be available on Xbox Live Arcade soon.

New trailers for Halo Wars and Halo 3 were shown too, and have been getting Internet types frothing at the mouth.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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