If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Namco hails Chilean miners, causes offence

Publisher pulls Mr Driller image, apologises.

Namco Bandai has removed an image of Mr Driller from its website that it created to celebrate the successful rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners earlier this week.

The Japanese publisher posted the image on its Twitter feed. It shows its Mr Driller character, some kind of cute puppy, the Chilean flag and a cheery message which translates as "Welcome back!".

Apparently though, some deemed this highly offensive, and Namco Bandai has since removed the image, tweeting, "We would like to offer a profound apology to everyone. It was inexcusable."

We're off in search of a Chilean miner for comment. We'll update if we can dig one up.

Mr Driller's last videogame appearance was on WiiWare last year in a revamp of his classic jewel-excavating puzzle formula.

Will you support Eurogamer?

We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can help! Become a supporter of Eurogamer and you can view the site completely ad-free, as well as gaining exclusive access to articles, podcasts and conversations that will bring you closer to the team, the stories, and the games we all love. Subscriptions start at £3.99 / $4.99 per month.

About the Author

Fred Dutton avatar

Fred Dutton

Contributor

Fred Dutton was Eurogamer's US news editor, based in Washington DC.

Comments

More News

Latest Articles

Supporters Only

Eurogamer.net logo

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer.net Merch