Dr. Mario

Critic Score User Score
SNES
...
4.2
Nintendo 3DS
...
4.4
NES
82
3.9
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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 Game Boy Title screen on Game Boy Color. The game is internally detected and a (not user selectable) palette gets assigned.
Dr. Mario NES Depending on the level and speed setting a different creature will fly by
Dr. Mario SNES 1 player game settings menu
Dr. Mario SNES Playing Vs. Com on blue virus level.

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 (17701)
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)

Critic Reviews

Nintendojo NES 2003 10 out of 10 100
NES Times NES Feb 15, 2008 9 out of 10 90
1UP! NES Dec 06, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Mean Machines NES Feb, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Game Boy Oct, 1990 83 out of 100 83
GameSpot Game Boy Advance Nov 02, 2004 7.4 out of 10 74
Retro Gamer Game Boy Advance Feb, 2005 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Play Time NES Jun, 1991 65 out of 100 65
Nintendo-Online.de Wii U Feb 23, 2014 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Nov, 1990 23 out of 40 58

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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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