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Dr. Mario

aka: Virus

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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.


  • ドクターマリオ - Japanese spelling
  • 닥터 마리오 - Korean spelling

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1001 Video Games

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


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

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  • MobyGames ID: 6116


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Kartanym.

Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Arcade added by Michael Cassidy. Nintendo Switch added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. Game Boy Advance, SNES added by gamewarrior.

Additional contributors: PCGamer77, Guy Chapman, monkeyislandgirl, Игги Друге, Patrick Bregger, Michael Cassidy, Rik Hideto, FatherJack.

Game added April 3rd, 2002. Last modified March 15th, 2023.