Didn't a leak mentioned this game (it's called Mr. Driller Encore in Japan) alongside Klonoa Encore or my memory is blurry? Anyway, if it is, maybe there's hope, but for now, this game looks like arcade fun.
Copy from Klonoa @ Blog post:
Roughly 7 months after a trademark for “Mr. Driller Encore” appeared in Japan and about 2 since “Mr. Driller: Drill Land” trademark appeared in Europe, the game is finally revealed to be releasing this June. The Japanese version retains the same logo that appeared alongside it’s trademark registration back in September 2019.
What does this have to do with Klonoa, however? It means that “Klonoa Encore” is looking more and more likely with this release. Hideo Yoshizawa also appears to be involved in DrillLand’s re-release as he tweeted that the “information embargo has been lifted! Mr. Driller Drill Land is back with the Nintendo Switch!”. He acted as producer for the original game. Perhaps, the same will happen with Klonoa Encore in the future.
In the original GameCube release, Klonoa made a cameo as one of many collectible “Pacteria” creatures that could be transferred from your copy of Mr. Driller Ace on the Game Boy Advance for use in the “Drill Land Dreamin’ Parade” mode. However, this functionality (and therefore cameo) is most certainly not to be in this Switch release due to a lack of Game Boy Advance transfer cable compatibility. (Edit: The Japanese website says it is not in the game anymore.)
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Speaking of Japanese website, you can view it here: https://mddl.bn-ent.net/
Right now until May 10th, 2020 there is a campaign for participants to submit fan works showing their love and memories of 20 years of Mr. Driller but you need a BandaiNamcoID to sign up and there's region-lock on it. : (
The game will be sold physically and digitally in Japan but it'll be digital-only elsewhere (which I hope is only temporary).
Like with Mojipittan Encore (1st print copies of Katamari Damacy Encore came packaged with a set of stickers. I don't believe there was any pre-order bonuses for that game.), there will be different pre-order bonuses depending on the retailer you order the game from:
Anyways, I am happy this game is being released and not just because it means Klonoa Encore is more a reality than before. I like Mr. Driller games and this is one of the ones I could only play through emulation.