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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 SNES I have started stacking on a red virus.
Dr. Mario NES Setting up a game
Dr. Mario SNES I got all the viruses. The stage is clear.
Dr. Mario NES A tougher 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 (949)
Best mindless entertainment game since Tetris. NES Multimedia Mike (18029)
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
Consoles Plus Game Boy Sep, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Mean Machines Game Boy Feb, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Game Boy Oct, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Game Freaks 365 NES 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance Mar, 2005 70 out of 100 70
IGN Game Boy Advance Oct 26, 2004 7 out of 10 70
neXGam NES 2002 6.8 out of 10 68
The Video Game Critic NES Aug 21, 2010 B- 67
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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