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Microsoft's "Viva Pinata" characters will debut with a cartoon TV show, video game and toys later this year. The cartoon is slated to launch this fall on Fox's 4Kids TV and the video game is due out before the holidays.
A sign on the "Viva Pinata" Web site explains pinata origins and Pinata Island mythology.
In addition to the TV cartoon and toys, Microsoft is preparing an Xbox 360 video game based on the "Viva Pinata" characters. Gamers will be able to explore what surprises are inside more than 60 candy-filled characters. Microsoft's Rare, developer of the mature-rated shooter "Perfect Dark Zero," is reponsible for the pinata video game, which is due out before Christmas this year.