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Release year: 1990 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Nintendo R&D1
Dr. Mario (NES)
Dr. Mario (AKA ドクターマリオ in Japan) is a 2D puzzle video game developed and released by Nintendo for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1990. If you like puzzle games, you are going to love classic Dr. Mario. It is also a falling block tile-matching video game!
The graphics of the game are not that advanced since it was developed for the NES 8-bit system. But its medical theme, with Mario as a doctor, provides a unique look for a puzzle game. It also has catchy soundtrack that plays on menu and in-game.
The gameplay, along with the overall design of Dr. Mario, is similar to Tetris except that vitamin capsules are piled up instead of bricks, and it is Mario who tosses the pills into the bottle-shaped playing field. Each game starts with the bottle filled with wiggling viruses that are colored yellow, blue, and red. The challenge is to eliminate these viruses by aligning the capsules with the similarly colored viruses.
The player can manipulate the position of each vitamin capsule while it is still in the air. But the actual fun begins when the vitamin capsules start to fall faster than their initial speed. Plus, it gets more difficult when Mario tosses vitamin capsules whose colors do not match those of the remaining viruses in the bottle.
In the two-player mode, the players play through their respective controllers with both their bottles visible on-screen. Whenever a player pulls off a chain combo, he causes additional random-colored pills to drop into his opponent’s bottle.
Dr. Mario is a fast-paced NES game that is simple and easy to play. It only gets difficult and exciting when you find an opponent that can match your speed in aligning the capsules with the viruses.
Dr. Mario has been ported to Nintendo NES (this version), and Game Boy.