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Mr. Driller DrillLand

System: Switch (eShop)
Release date: June 25, 2020
Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco


Mr. Driller DrillLand is a relic of a lost time. Initially released in 2002 on the GameCube in Japan, this classic entry in the Mr. Driller series is finally arriving in the rest of the world for the first time through this remastered release on Switch. It feels like a swansong to the classic arcade puzzle game formula – it has all the simplicity, penny-pinching difficulty, and endless addictive qualities that have made arcade games so memorable for decades, all polished up to perfection thanks to its immaculate audio-visual presentation and excellent gameplay variety. And with new HD visuals and a few modern adjustments in the Switch version, there’s never been a better time to dig in.

Mr. Driller DrillLand, Bandai Namco’s puzzle title for GameCube previously exclusive to Japan, has now received a new worldwide release on Switch. View the official launch trailer below.

In Japan, Mr. Driller is being sold both physically (with English support) and digitally. It’s a digital-only launch in the west.

Bandai Namco is letting fans try out Mr. Driller DrillLand prior to launch – at least in Japan. A demo is currently up on the Japanese eShop. As long as you create a Japanese Nintendo Account on your system, you can access the store and the demo regardless of your actual region.

Here’s a look at the demo in action:

Bandai Namco will presumably offer the Mr. Driller DrillLand demo outside of Japan soon, though there’s no official news on that currently.

Bandai Namco has uploaded a new commercial for its puzzle-action game Mr. Driller DrillLand. Get a look at the advert below.

Mr. Driller DrillLand launches for Switch on June 25.

Arriving on Switch on June 25th, Bandai Namco has released the opening for Mr. Driller DrillLand. Originally released on the GameCube, this is a remaster of the 2002 title. You can take a look below at the game’s overview rounded up via Gematsu, as well as the aforementioned cinematic:

About

The popular action puzzle game Mr. Driller DrillLand makes its western debut on Switch and PC! You’re invited to a secret amusement park known as “DrillLand”—500 meters underground! Explore and conquer the five “attractions” with simple, yet exciting, gameplay that guests of all ages can enjoy!

Key Features

  • Mr. Driller returns! – The first Mr. Driller game for the Nintendo Switch featuring updated graphics and high-definition cutscenes!
  • Dig your way to victory! – Each of the five attractions in DrillLand features their own set of unique gameplay rules. Can you dig your way through each attraction and defeat the final boss?!
  • Competitive multiplayer modes! – Play with up to 4 players on one console—race to the finish or battle it out in “Free-for-All” or “Pairs”!
  • Take it easy! – All new “Casual Mode” for those who want to enjoy digging through DrillLand at a leisurely pace!

Bandai Namco is bringing Mr. Driller back in about a month. Mr. Driller DrillLand, a GameCube title that never left Japan, will now be seeing a worldwide release on Switch.

At least in North America and Europe, the game appears to be digital-only. In Japan, however, the situation is different. It’s confirmed to be receiving a physical version in the region.

Mr. Driller DrillLand is coming to Switch, Bandai Namco has announced. It will release on June 25.

Here’s an overview of the game: