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When it comes to classic puzzle games, Dr. Mario has – and will always be – one of the greats. Nintendo's franchise dates back to the days of NES, and all the while the series has continued, but never strayed too far from the main formula fans have grown to love. Arrange falling pills as the slowly drift to the bottom of the screen, form horizontal or vertical lines of like colors, and eliminate viruses in the process to clear the stage; it really doesn't get much simpler than that in concept. At the same time, Dr. Mario has always had a deceptively difficult edge to it, as players go head-to-head to try their skills against friends, and deal with never-ending cascades of colored capsules. As far as classic puzzlers go, there aren't too many that can top Mario's unique pill-popping experience.
There are plenty of reasons to hit the Wii Shop channel and plunk down the 1,000 points for Dr. Mario Online Rx. Virus Buster is an adequate addition to what is a classic Nintendo puzzler, and the overall presentation would be considered rock solid even if it came in a plastic case and required a gas-guzzling trip to GameStop. But let's get real: It's Dr. Mario, it's online, and it's only . That's reason enough.
If you’re suffering from moderate to severe puzzle game withdrawal, ask your doctor about Dr. Mario Online Rx. Side effects are mild, including moderate Wii storage space consumption and lost track of time. For just a one-time co-pay of $10, this is one investment that surely won’t break your wallet.
For a title that has been away from our screens for far too long, Dr Mario is an excellent revival of a classic puzzle game and a decent WiiWare launch game.
Dr. Mario is a great puzzle game that keeps all its classic spirit while adding a little spice of modernity. The Online Mode really adds a new life to the game while respecting the core game principles that have always kept this franchise fun.
If you have even the slightest inclination towards puzzle games, Dr. Mario has the cure for summer boredom.
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Dr. Mario & Germ Buster is a solid game that's highly recommended for those who enjoy puzzle games. The online play is seamless and gives the game great longevity.
It's got all the components you could ever ask for in a Dr. Mario game, and the inclusion of Wi-Fi and Wiimote modes gives players a few decent options when approaching it. Nothing about the game immediately screams originality, and chances are you've played something similar to this on an older platform anyway, but for those who want a game that they can just chomp away at for 20 minutes, it certainly does its job. Don't expect tons of unlockables or side-quests and it's unlikely that you'll be disappointed.
Dr. Mario was the perfect NES game. A bold, simple statement to start this review, but never has a sentence rang so true in the ears of our peers. This was a game that combined mad colours, infectious soundtracks and a delightful twist on the classic Tetris formula and is (in our opinion) the ultimate “one more go” game that epitomises the word “addictive”.
It's certainly a decent enough block-dropping puzzler, even if most people probably would've preferred Tetris. Or a Virtual Console release for the SNES Dr Mario and Tetris compilation. Either way, 1000 Points feels a bit steep.
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Now that you've read everything about this game, the rest is up to you. If you REALLY love Dr. Mario and are interested in playing it online, this will be a purchase worthwhile. If you're not so sure about how you feel towards the classic puzzler, you could easily be disappointed by this game download. The lack of innovation, strident music themes, and shortage in terms of gameplay could make the $10 difficult to swallow. Your money is probably better spent in other WiiWare games like LostWinds.
Dr. Mario Online Rx is a fine puzzle game, but it is mostly redundant the many previous versions of Dr. Mario. The online mode works great but adds nothing to the experience, and the demo-sharing feature is a wonderful idea crushed by Nintendo's online architecture. The improved Virus Buster mode is the real reason to download this game, and it makes the package just barely worth its price tag.
If I had to pick one word to describe the co-op experience of Dr. Mario Online, it would be 'frustrating'. The controls are not very reliable, which is a game killer in a puzzle game. It is hard to work together, too; many times it felt like we were working against each other. I think Virus Buster could be (hectic) fun, but I wouldn't call it a true co-op game. Overall, I'd say Dr. Mario Online is a good value for it's single player and vs. mode, but I wouldn't recommend it for co-op.
Dr. Mario est un puzzle-game vieillissant qui aurait gagné à être remanié avant d'être transposé sur Wii. Avare en modes de jeu, le soft lasse rapidement en solo, et seul l'ajout des parties en ligne relance un peu son intérêt. Inspiré du mini-jeu présent dans le Programme d'Entraînement Cérébral Avancé, le Bactéricide est le seul à tirer partie du capteur de la Wiimote, mais son gameplay est loin d'être convaincant, surtout à plusieurs. Avec Tetris DS, Nintendo nous avait habitués à beaucoup plus d'inventivité.