In recent years, many Japanese developers have tried to revive games from the 16-bit and 32-bit arcade gaming era. Mr. Driller Encore comes as no exception! Mr. Driller DrillLand was released exclusively for the GameCube by INFINITY Co. and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment in 2002 and was recently remastered for PC and Nintendo Switch in June 2020. Yet, there hasn’t been any news about the game’s release on the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. That is, until today!
Earlier today, u/Crusader3456 posted a new Microsoft Store listing on the r/GamingLeaksAndRumours sub-Reddit for none other than Mr. Driller Encore from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment. The caption for the game says (translated), “Can ya dig it?! Mr. DRILLER, a simple yet addictive action puzzle game!” Under the name, it mentions that the supported platforms are the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and the game also supports 4K Ultra HD.
The description for the game states (translated);
*This product was developed based on the “Mr. DRILLER DrillLand” released in 2002. Some specifications may differ from the previous version.
Can ya dig it?! Mr. DRILLER, a simple yet addictive action puzzle game!
Built 500 meters beneath the earth’s surface, “Drill Land” is a secret amusement park developed jointly by the Drillers Association and the Underground Kingdom.
Six drillers of diverse personalities and abilities are here to play!
The challenge is to take on five attraction games with a wide variety of activities, such as great adventure, mysterious universe, horror, and more!
Can you dig your way through and beat them all?
This game is a ported version of “Mr. DRILLER DrillLand” released in 2002 for other platforms.
The game retains the simple-to-operate and challenging “action puzzle game” style, but with new graphics and a “Casual Mode” for those who want to enjoy digging through DrillLand at a leisurely pace!
You can also play the “Classic Mode” with the same difficulty level as the original.
■The more you play, the more you accumulate.
The more you play the game, the more in-game points you’ll accumulate, which you can use to collect Driller Cards, buy souvenirs, and more!
■Enjoy playing Mr. DRILLER with everyone!
The game features a “four-player mode,” where everyone can enjoy playing “Mr. DRILLER” together. In addition, an online battle function has been added to this title! Let’s have fun with drillers from around the world!
The store listing for the game is only available for pre-order in the Japanese version of the Microsoft Store, so we’re not sure whether the game will be available to other countries or not. However, if you’re in Japan, you can pre-order Mr. Driller Encore for ¥3,520. According to the date mentioned on the listing, the game will be released on 3rd November 2021.
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