Though you might have ever heard of them, Disgaea developer Nippon Ichi Software has put out a number of jigsaw puzzle/battle titles in Japan (one of them, Jigsaw Madness for PS1, actually made it to the States under XS Games), the last of which was 2008's Jigsaw World: Daigekitou! Jig-Battle Heroes for the Nintendo DS.

Nippon Ichi teamed up with frequent partner Idea Factory (Generation of Chaos, Spectral Souls) to produce what looks like an adaptation of the DS game for Japanese arcades titled Jigsaw World Arena. Like the dual screened version, JWA features Disgaea's Etna as a playable character, as well as the super cute/delicious cat-bread.

As its playable characters imply, JWA is far from your traditional jigsaw puzzle game; its unconventional setup centers on multiplayer puzzle battles that have you racing against up to three other opponents to pick up puzzle pieces and drop them into their appropriate spots. With each correctly positioned piece, you build up a power meter for special attacks.

Idea Factory has been running JWA location tests in Japan for several months now, but it recently demonstrated the game at last weekend's AOU 2010 amusement expo. While it's doubtful that either Nippon Ichi or Idea Factory will ever announce this for the U.S., you could always import the DS game (it should be playable on U.S./European systems)!

[Via Arcade Heroes]