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Dr. Mario

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy
81
3.7
Arcade
...
3.6
Nintendo 3DS
...
4.1
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Description

In this Tetris-style game, you play as Dr. Mario, who must drop differently coloured pills onto viruses to remove them from the bottle. Each pill is split into two, with each side being of one of three different colours, red, blue or yellow. Align three pills of the same colour to a virus of the corresponding colour (or any combination of pills and viruses totaling four or more) and it will be removed from the bottle, along with the aligned pills. The level is cleared when there are no viruses left, and the game is over when the pills reach the top and Dr. Mario can't drop any more pills.

Included in the game is the normal mode, a time trial, and a two player battle mode to see who can remove the most viruses.

Screenshots

Dr. Mario Arcade Next stage
Dr. Mario SNES I got all the viruses. The stage is clear.
Dr. Mario NES Depending on the level and speed setting a different creature will fly by
Dr. Mario NES Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Virus" -- Working title
  • "ドクターマリオ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Tetris leveled up! NES Pixelspeech (955)
Best mindless entertainment game since Tetris. NES Multimedia Mike (17494)
A classic puzzle game which still remains enjoyable today NES Jon Collins (28)
Play "Tetris" with Mario. Game Boy Michael B (341)
Everybody (especially Tetris fans) will find themselves addicted to this game in minutes. Game Boy pocketgamer2000 (22)

The Press Says

NES Archives NES Mar 22, 2008 A- 91
Mean Machines Game Boy Feb, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Armchair Empire, The Game Boy Advance Jan 09, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
Power Play Game Boy Oct, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Video Games Game Boy Jun, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Megablast Game Boy 1992 82 out of 100 82
neXGam NES 2002 6.8 out of 10 68
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 64 out of 100 64
Game Freaks 365 Game Boy Advance 2004 6 out of 10 60
Cheat Code Central Game Boy Advance 2004 2 out of 5 40

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Dr. Mario appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #76 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll

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