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Dr. Mario still plays strong and is as deeply addictive as it was when it was originally released. The concept is simple: line up like-color pills to kill viruses in a Tetris-like setting. As the difficulty ramps up there are more viruses and the pills drop faster. It’s a solid title and it’ll pay for itself if you can addict your significant other to Dr. Mario’s gameplay. My wife will agree to anything while playing Dr. Mario.
Dr. Mario is a good addition to the Classic NES Series mostly thanks to the brilliant wireless multiplayer feature, but also because it's a timeless puzzle game. It's easily recommended for old school gamers. Although the game is available as Dr. Wario in Wario Ware, it could be worth your twenty bones.
The GBA version of Dr. Mario is a great emulation of the original NES game. The production values of the game don't quite measure up to today's standards even for a puzzle game, but the gameplay has held up well over the past decade and a half, and the wireless networking is a really nice feature. If you were a big fan of the original, or you're in the market for a Tetris-like puzzle game for your GBA, Dr. Mario is a worthy purchase.
While Dr Mario isn’t the best example of the puzzle genre
around, and the likes of Tetris
and Puyo Puyo are still superior
overall, it’s a great game all the
same and its new incarnation
on the GBA brings the title back
to its mobile roots.
Even though this game was given away for free in Wario Ware as an unlockable called Dr. Wario (as well as a free download in the GameCube Nintendo Puzzle Collection release in Japan), the game scores well thanks to its simple fun and its quick ability to get into two player mode.
Now for the really important question: is this game worth getting? If you've never played Dr. Mario before, you should definitely give it a try and there are many versions of this game that have been released over the years. If you've played the game before and want a portable version, this game is probably better than the Game Boy version and has the distinction from the original Game Boy version of being playable on a DS if you have one. If, however, you are not interested in playing the game on the go and you already have another version of it, you can probably safely skip this version as it contains nothing new to speak of.
Malgré sa réalisation vétuste, Dr. Mario reste un jeu sympathique si vous êtes nostalgiques de l’époque 8-bits et grands amateurs de puzzle-games, conditions sine qua non pour apprécier le titre. A défaut d’avoir fait quelques retouches Nintendo a au moins le mérite de proposer ce titre à seulement 20€. Et si vous décidez de jouer à Dr. Mario plus de 30 minutes, faites un saut à la pharmacie du coin, prendre une boite d’aspirines car croyez-moi vous en aurez besoin.
Avec Dr Mario, Nintendo invente carrément le Tetris-like, rien que ça ! Cela dit, on est bien loin de l'original et on se demande un peu pourquoi Nintendo ressort aujourd'hui ce vieux titre. Trop répétitif et pas franchement marrant, la nostalgie n'excuse pas tout. Mieux vaut encore tenter de dénicher un exemplaire de Columns Crown, un autre dérivé du concept, mais plus réussi cette fois.
Nintendo has been giving Dr. Mario away for free in the past so I really have to question forking over $20 for the game. If you haven't played Wario Wares already and you're somewhat interested in Dr. Mario, get Wario Wares. It's the best of all worlds. You can thank me later. In the meantime, search the net where you might find a free, playable version of Dr. Mario online.