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Dr Mario

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Released: 1990

Genre: Puzzle

Format reviewed: Game Boy

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

Submitted by: Steven Jackson

Dr.Mario was Mario’s first puzzle game experience and is arguably the best. Ported to every Nintendo console at the time the Gameboy version stood out from the rest. It had limited colours and options to the other ports but still sold 2.08 million copies for Nintendo’s handheld console.

Dr.Mario has you throwing two-sided vitamins at viruses to kill them in a medicine bottle. Once the viruses have been killed it moves onto the next level gradually getting harder as you go on. However the player is able to choose the difficulty, level and music before they play so it can be adjusted to different player types. The game is often compared to Tetris and I to some extent I agree. It’s addictive, got great music, graphics and two-player co-op. Tetris though has always stayed popular while Dr.Mario has become a cult classic. It’s such a shame because the game is so original and comical it stands out from so many other puzzle games.

Since Dr.Mario, there have been many sequels but none could match the original game. Dr. Mario did appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee as an unlockable character and recently a new updated version of the game has been released onto WiiWare so the game hasn’t been entirely forgotten. However I feel the original game is the best way to experience this cult classic puzzler.

To conclude Dr.Mario definatly isn’t Mario’s finest hour in the gaming world. It didn’t revoultionise the industry or break sales records but it did have a charm which can never be forgotten. Rated 134th in Nintendo’s Power’s top 200 games for a Nintendo system it is a great alternative to Tetris and a cult puzzle game which everyone should experience some time.