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Pony Friends 2 is a simulation game developed by Tantalus Media and published by Square Enix for Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, and Windows PC.[1]

Pony Friends 2
Developer(s)Tantalus Media
Eidos Shanghai
Publisher(s)Square Enix (North America)
Eidos Interactive (PAL)
Platform(s)Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Windows
Release
  • NA: February 23, 2010
  • EU: February 23, 2010
  • AU: February 23, 2010
Genre(s)Simulation
Mode(s)Single-player

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GameplayEdit

Ponies can be customized by players for all aspects of their appearance, trade horses with other players, and can train their horse for competition against other players in races and "pony trick championships" if they have a Nintendo DS or Nintendo Wii through "single cart play", which allows players with only one game cartridge to play multiplayer with friends.[1][2] Twelve breeds of horse are available, and each different horse created has its own personality.[1] The Nintendo DS version allows players to use the built in microphone to talk to their horse and have it respond to their voice.[1] Accessories can also be chosen for the horse, and custom ones can also be created.[2] Part of the simulation is also feeding and grooming the horse.[2] Players can also take the horse through various landscapes and trails, take screenshots of wildlife along the way, and unlock various hidden game content.[2]

DevelopmentEdit

The original "Pony Friends" was published by Eidos, but after its acquisition by Square Enix, the title was published under the new owners name.[3] The game was first announced at Gamecom 2009 in a joint Eidos-Square Enix conference.[2][4] Horse riding has been improved to become more intuitive compared to the original title.[1] Mat Bettinson, Business Development Manager for Tantalus Media, commented on an article at gamindustry.biz related to game marketing versus reviews and their influence on game sales; he stated that publisher Eidos commissioned an ad for Pony Friends 2 and was of a very high quality, despite assertions in the article that "outsiders" to the gaming industry rarely made good advertisements.[5]

ReceptionEdit

Digital Spy compared the game unfavorably to other titles due for Christmas 2009, saying it was a very niche game geared only toward "six year old pony fanatics", and that others would find it boring.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "HAVE A PERFECT PONY AS YOUR BEST FRIEND WITH PONY FRIENDS 2". IGN. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  2. ^ a b c d e "SQUARE ENIX CONFIRMS LINE-UP FOR GAMESCOM 2009". IGN. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  3. ^ Spencer (2010-01-26). "Pony Friends 2 Brought To You By Square Enix". Siliconera. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  4. ^ Ben Gilbert (2009-07-29). "Square Enix and Eidos announce joint lineup for Gamescom 2009". Engadget. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  5. ^ Matt Martin (2009-11-16). "Marketing influences game revenue three times more than high scores". gameindustry.biz. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  6. ^ Mark Langshaw (2009-11-24). "'Pony Friends 2' (DS)". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2016-04-06.