Square Enix's New WiiWare Game
What is Kumanage? No wait, I'd really like to know!
Square Enix has a new WiiWare game on the way. Actually, make that two. Two versions of a game called "Kumanage" are set for WiiWare release shortly.
Described as a "throwing action game," Kumanage is set in the world of a mysterious picture book that rests in an old mansion. You make use of the Wiimote to throw things in order to solve puzzles.
Depending on the version of the game that you buy, you enter the world of the picture book alongside either a mysterious boy named Kiina or a mysterious girl named Piina. In Kiina's volume, "paper bears" and "strange but cute" characters emerge from the picture book. You have to toss these in order to protect your blue gem. In Piina's volume, you have to throw "paper bears" at gimmicks on the stage in order to collect red candy.
Understand? If so, please explain it to me! Square Enix's Kumanage official site, just opened today, is in a teaser state and doesn't really make clear what the game is about. See if you can figure it out from the few screenshots:
"Kumanage: The Blue Gem that Kiina Hates -- Battle Version" and "Kumanage: The Red Candy that Piina Likes -- Puzzle Version" hit WiiWare on June 8, priced at 1,000 Wii Points each. Each version has different stages and stories. The official site hints at some bonuses for those who clear both games.
The official site shows ratings from both CERO and ESRB, so it looks like this will be a worldwide release.
The copyright statement at the site lists Akira Oguro as illustrator. Oguro previously worked on games like Final Fantasy IV and Hanjuku Heroes.
[Update 23:39 -- Unless Square Enix has two games about bears coming out, these two titles would appear to be the Japanese versions of a pair of games that were leaked out by the ESRB a few weeks back as The Tales of Bearsworth Manor Chaotic Conflicts/Puzzling Pages.]