KiKi KaiKai: Kuro Mantle no Nazo is a sequel to the 1992-released Super Nintendo Entertainment System shoot ’em up KiKi KaiKai: Nazo no Kuro Mantle (known as Pocky & Rocky in the west). It features significantly enhanced graphics while still maintaining a 16-bit taste.
The game is developed by Tengo Project, a development team within Natsume Atari formed of staff that worked on the original game, including Toshiyasu Miyabe. Tengo Project’s previous works include The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors and Wild Guns Reloaded.
“We started work on a sequel with the thought that if we didn’t respond to requests for a remake now, we wouldn’t have the chance in the future considering the staff’s age,” Miyabe told Weekly Famitsu.
“While you may think it’s a remake, it’s a completely new title. It’s loaded with new elements.”