Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Apr 13, 2014
    70
    Dr. Luigi is less entertaining than its predecessor on the Wii. The new game modes are nice but not thrilling, and the multiplayer falls short. At the same time, this is a game that the fan of the series should take into consideration.
  2. Mar 10, 2014
    55
    Hardly the ointment Ninty needs to soothe its Wii U woes. [Apr 2014, p.79]
  3. Medicine that most of us can do without. [March 2014, p.82]
  4. 60
    This isn't an especially memorable game, doesn't utilise the capabilities of the Wii U to any meaningful degree, and is nothing more than a brief diversion on the way to something more.
  5. Feb 10, 2014
    60
    Germ fighting with Luigi offers good fun, but Dr Luigi is way over prized and you can easily get more and better similar puzzle games for less than a dollar/euro. This is just not worth the cost for Wii U, it doesn't have enough content.
  6. Feb 4, 2014
    65
    Dr. Luigi does everything his brother does, but sadly not much more. The new modes do nothing to spice up this aging series' formula, and I really doubt they will be enough to justify a purchase for even the most diehard fan.
  7. Feb 3, 2014
    75
    Dr. Luigi does an excellent job capturing the addictive gameplay that made Dr. Mario so memorable and fun.
  8. Jan 31, 2014
    65
    The concept is timeless, but more variety and a little progress would have gone a long way.
  9. Jan 31, 2014
    60
    It's undeniable that the game is fun, but it relies too much on past glory and doesn't add anything new that's really interesting.
  10. Jan 30, 2014
    70
    This is as close as we are going to get to a proper Dr. Mario sequel for a while, so while the prescription doesn’t cure all woes; it does help dull the pain.
  11. Jan 28, 2014
    80
    It would have been nice to see more thought put into the presentation, but fans of the series will feel right at home with this familiar layout.
  12. Jan 28, 2014
    50
    Just leave this puzzle game alone, it's not nice to play. The Dr. Mario games from the past were so much fun and so much better. This one isn't worth its money.
  13. Jan 26, 2014
    79
    A nice new entry in the classic puzzle game series, with some interesting new ideas but also a not perfectly balanced difficulty level and a couple of missing options that we saw in previous entries.
  14. Jan 23, 2014
    50
    So if you’re feeling particularly flush and have some yearning to play another block puzzler, Dr. Luigi does a fine job of sitting somewhere in the middle of this well-worn genre. Hardly a glowing endorsement, and a pretty sad way to end Luigi’s very own year.
  15. Jan 22, 2014
    70
    Lovely retro-style, interesting new game modes.
  16. Jan 22, 2014
    60
    The two new modes are alternatives to the classic game (Retro Remedy), but with the exception of Germ Buster, the Operation G is not as strong as we thought , creating difficulties that are not always compatible with the nature of the challenge. Incidentally, the two new modes offer some resilience in an attempt to stand out from the classic game.
  17. Jan 22, 2014
    65
    Dr. Luigi is an alternative version of a classic. This isn't the best game in the series, but it's a fun puzzle game anyway.
  18. Jan 22, 2014
    40
    Other than the new Operation L and Virus Buster modes, there is little in the way of new content that makes this a better deal than the previous (and cheaper) versions.
  19. Jan 21, 2014
    80
    While I greatly enjoyed Dr. Luigi, most of my joy can be attributed to my profound love for Dr. Mario. Those who have such a nostalgic tie to the game will love Dr. Luigi in the same way the new iterations of Tetris keep fans from the '80s and '90s coming back.
  20. Jan 21, 2014
    60
    Dr. Luigi for the series is more a step backward than a leap forward. No four players modes, two game modes too simple and some issues in the online connectivity, are not a good business card for a game that asks 15 euros to be bought. Not the right prescription for Wii U's illness.
  21. Jan 20, 2014
    60
    Dr. Luigi's methods are closely based on Dr. Mario's proven experiences, but he dares to develop his own therapy through signature pills. This innovative approach speeds up the virus eradication, even though it has secondary effects, as the versus battles show. It's just a shame that only two players can benefit this treatment, since the fun provided is really contagious.
  22. Jan 20, 2014
    50
    It's easy to see Dr Luigi as a symptom of the current malaise affecting its home console business. It features a strange gimmick no one's really that interested in, it highlights an increasing reliance on past glories, and most will find it somewhat overpriced.
  23. Jan 20, 2014
    70
    Changing characters can bring new stimulation but in the case of Dr. Luigi, virtually nothing else differs when compared to the latest Dr. Mario. A fun and competent effort using very familiar mechanics but which will fail to impress those looking for something fresh and new.
  24. Jan 20, 2014
    70
    This isn't the best game in the series, but it's a fun and addictive puzzle game anyway. The traditional Dr.Mario is still here, and the new "Luigi mode" is an interesting addiction; the online play also works well. An essential and alternative version of a classic.
  25. Jan 17, 2014
    40
    Dr Luigi is a solid example of the Tetris-like puzzler, but doesn't do anywhere near enough to justify the price of admission.
  26. Jan 16, 2014
    60
    A competent and unexciting update to a competent and unexciting puzzler, which is not nearly praise enough to forgive the optimistically high price.
  27. Jan 16, 2014
    68
    The main reason to get this title is its online mode. If you're not interested in facing new players via Nintendo Network, its lack of content should lead to consideration of other options.
  28. Jan 16, 2014
    50
    The most disappointing part of Dr. Luigi is that it doesn't give the Dr. Mario formula that shot in the arm it needs to feel magical again.
  29. Jan 16, 2014
    70
    It's the kind of game that doesn't need to change a great deal between versions, and its designers have wisely stuck to the basics while adding some entertaining twists to the gameplay with Operation L.
  30. Jan 16, 2014
    70
    Dr Luigi is basically the same addictive and fun puzzle game than Nintendo created two decades ago. Lacking new modes, the strong points of this game are classic gameplay and solid online game.
  31. This high-priced Dr. Mario clone is still loads of fun – especially in groups – and serves as an effective prescription for anyone suffering a deficiency in accessible, competitive puzzle play.
  32. Jan 14, 2014
    70
    After a year that showed Nintendo straying from their comfort zones and confidently iterating on sacred cows, it's a bit of a letdown to see Dr. Luigi make so little forward progress.
  33. Jan 13, 2014
    75
    All in all, I think Dr. Luigi is fun call back to an NES classic, with just enough spin put on the original formula to make it feel fresh again.
  34. Jan 10, 2014
    50
    It's still a far cry from the top-tier classic puzzlers, but Dr. Luigi manages to be fun enough... even if there is that nebulous whiff of tragedy about the whole affair. On the other hand, it doesn't leave the nasty taste in your mouth that you get from exploitatively designed free-to-play puzzlers like Candy Crush Saga, so that's something.
  35. Jan 9, 2014
    75
    The lack of notable features of previous games, especially four-player matches, is puzzling and disappointing. Instead of the definitive Dr. Mario experience, Dr. Luigi is an interesting spin of an established classic.
  36. Jan 9, 2014
    70
    It's a simple, clear experience with strong gameplay that reminds us why we love the Mario Bros. in the first place.
  37. Jan 3, 2014
    80
    When Nintendo first announced Dr. Luigi during the most recent Nintendo Direct, Operation L mode took center stage. While this turns out to be the least enjoyable part of this farewell to the Year of Luigi, Dr. Luigi does offer other competent updates to the classic gameplay. I can’t get the classic tune out of my head or the smile off my face.
  38. Jan 1, 2014
    75
    If you don't find yourself getting excited at the prospect of L-shaped blocks or GamePad play though, you might as well just stick with Dr. Mario Online Rx. Either way, the Wii U's newest entry in the Dr. series is a nice cap on a great first Year of Luigi.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Dec 31, 2013
    8
    Dr. Luigi is a blast if you enjoyed the NES original. The downloadable title includes a retro mode which is the original Dr. Mario game with an HD facelift. New modes include L shaped medicine to complicatie strategies and Virus Buster. The best part of Dr. Luigi is its online mode which includes head-to-head battles and leaderboards.
    For those who enjoyed the earlier iterations of this puzzler, it is a no-brainer to buy it. For those of you who haven't played Dr. Mario, but enjoy games such as Tetris and/or Bejeweled, Dr. Luigi is a safe play at $15.
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  2. Jan 10, 2014
    8
    I loved the graphics and the online play.
    Music a bit repetitive, but that's like a bad habit of those kind of games.
    Get it, but only if
    you are a fun of Dr. Mario or puzzle games like these.
    It's the same game, only a bit better on the aesthetics.
    Also it has an all new mode with L shaped blocks/pills.
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  3. Mar 17, 2014
    8
    This game makes a great time filler and mind bender. Online multiplayer is very competitive and intense, graphics are great for what the game is, and the songs and sounds are fun and add to the feel of the game. I've heard an occasional glitch in the songs where the song wiggs out and repeats or skips, or plays two songs at once, and local multiplayer leaves just a little something to be desired (a score keeper or a co-op mode of some sort would have been awesome, as many multiplayer matches in a row can become a bit stale since it doesn't keep track of wins/losses). Overall great game. Full Review »