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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 Super Game Boy. The game is internally detected and this palette gets assigned (out of the predefined ones).
Dr. Mario NES Starting a one player game
Dr. Mario SNES Title screen / Main menu.
Dr. Mario SNES I got all the viruses. The stage is clear.

Promo Images

Dr. Mario Screenshot
Dr. Mario Screenshot
Dr. Mario Screenshot
Dr. Mario Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Virus" -- Working title
  • "ドクターマリオ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "닥터 마리오" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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User Reviews

Tetris leveled up! NES Pixelspeech (1006)
Best mindless entertainment game since Tetris. NES Multimedia Mike (19762)
A classic puzzle game which still remains enjoyable today NES Jon Collins (28)
Play "Tetris" with Mario. Game Boy Michael B (358)
Everybody (especially Tetris fans) will find themselves addicted to this game in minutes. Game Boy pocketgamer2000 (22)

Critic Reviews

Ação Games NES May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) NES Jun, 1991 4.5 out of 5 90
The Game Hoard NES Sep 19, 2018 6 out of 7 86
Video Games Game Boy Jun, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Nintendojo Game Boy Jul 03, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
VideoGame NES May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Freaks 365 NES 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
The Video Game Critic NES Aug 21, 2010 B- 67
Jeuxvideo.com Game Boy Advance Jan 12, 2005 8 out of 20 40

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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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