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Dr. Mario Package Art
GENRE
Puzzle
DEVELOPER
Nintendo
PUBLISHER
Nintendo
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
1-2
CONNECTIVITY
No
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Dr. Mario

After the release of Tetris on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Dr. Mario was one of the few puzzle games to rise out from the ashes of Tetris rip offs in the early 90's. With puzzle play mechanics that will bring any puzzle addict to their knees, Dr. Mario is still one of the better puzzle games out there. Although the simple gameplay may not be as refined as other addictive puzzlers today, the addition of wireless multiplayer sells this one easily.

visuals

Like any puzzle game, the graphics are very simple. There isn't much to look at, but it has plenty of style to stand out. If you see a screenshot of Dr. Mario, it's automatically recognizable. The interface is quick and easy to follow and everything still looks clean, even today.

audio

There are two people in this world. There's Fever and Chill. These are, of course, the two musical options in the game. Although they are repetitive, they are beautifully done and will stick with you for weeks. Other than that, don't expect too much other than the traditional puzzle noises.

gameplay

Believe it or not, Dr. Mario is much more than an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros Melee. Dr. Mario is a rather simplistic, if completely addictive, puzzle game. To the right of the board stands Dr. Mario, tossing several different varieties of pills onto different colored viruses. Four or more of the same color aligned vertically or horizontally clears out those colors and any viruses in between. Once all of the viruses have been eliminated, the player progresses to the next level. Repeat and repeat until the pill bottle is topped off. Then it's game over. The premise is simple enough, of course, but with a sensitive palette, the most anal retentive gamer will enjoy this one.

multiplayer

One of the best features about this title is what makes this one a great addition to the Classic NES Series. With wireless adapter support, you can link up with your buddy sitting across from you and play two-player mode to your hearts' content. Head-to-head matches are played best-of-five and gets the blood flowing. It may not be the best multiplayer puzzle game on the GBA, but it's certainly up there. Even fourteen years later!

overall

Dr. Mario is a good addition to the Classic NES Series mostly thanks to the brilliant wireless multiplayer feature, but also because it's a timeless puzzle game. It's easily recommended for old school gamers. Although the game is available as Dr. Wario in Wario Ware, it could be worth your twenty bones.

final score 7.7/10





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