Mr Driller Drill Spirits (also known as Mr. Driller 6) is a game developed by Namco for the Nintendo DS. The game is part of the "Mr Driller" series of games. The game was released in Japan and the USA to coincide with the Nintendo DS launch (2004). The US version lacks certain features found in the Japanese version, notably the Dristone game mode, single-card multiplayer, the moon stage in Mission mode and the character of Rabbit (Usagi). These were reinstated for the later European release.
The game takes advantage of the dual screens of the Nintendo DS. The touch screen is used as an alternative control method and the two screens are used as a form of longscreen, or to show a boss on the top screen in the pressure driller mode. Characters: There are 6 characters in the US version of the game, and 7 in the Japanese and European versions. Susumu Hori is the main character, son of Taizo Hori. The game has his older brother, Ataru; his friend Anna, the robot Hollinger-Z; Taizo, the head of the driller council, and Puchi, their dog.
The game features three single player game modes and a multiplayer race.
The player attempts to drill through increasingly deeper and more difficult levels in order to unlock more characters.
The player must outrun a huge drill and collect power capsules which can be shot at the drill to destroy it.
The player attempts to complete a short level quickly while gathering time bonuses.
The player attempts to dig through a level, drilling as little as possible. 1% of air is consumed for each block drilled. There are special powerups called "dristones" which can change block colours, destroy blocks, increase the player's air meter, provide a protective shield, etc.