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  • Summary: Dr. Mario's simple yet addictive gameplay helped it to become an instant classic on the NES. Now this puzzle game lives on as part of the Classic NES Series on the Game Boy Advance. Dr. Mario challenges you to cure a virus outbreak by matching colorful pills with their viral counterparts.Dr. Mario's simple yet addictive gameplay helped it to become an instant classic on the NES. Now this puzzle game lives on as part of the Classic NES Series on the Game Boy Advance. Dr. Mario challenges you to cure a virus outbreak by matching colorful pills with their viral counterparts. The viruses and capsules disappear when four of the same color are lined up. With a wireless adapter or game link cable, you can play head-to-head with a friend. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. It's a solid title and it'll pay for itself if you can addict your significant other to Dr. Mario's gameplay.
  2. 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.
  3. Great overall game, challenging and fun, you'll be playing for hours.
  4. 70
    The game scores well thanks to its simple fun and its quick ability to get into two player mode.
  5. Play Magazine
    67
    It's nice to be able to save high scores in this version. [Dec 2004, p.100]
  6. If you already own the Game Boy Advance version of "Wario Ware", you may want to pass it by since it's included in that game as Dr. Wario.
  7. Cheat Code Central
    40
    In Dr. Mario, its all too obvious that Mario is practicing in Tetris territory without a license.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 1, 2017
    10
    Can't. Stop. The. Addiction.

    What. Did. They. Put. Inside. These. Stupid. Blue. And. Red. Pills?! My favorite puzzle game
    Can't. Stop. The. Addiction.

    What. Did. They. Put. Inside. These. Stupid. Blue. And. Red. Pills?!

    My favorite puzzle game by far. Love it!
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  2. MatthewC.
    Nov 2, 2004
    10
    I was addicted to this game as a kid. I still find it more enjoyable than tetris.
  3. JohnC.
    Jun 14, 2005
    10
    The most satisfying meditation on the planet.
  4. [Anonyous]
    Apr 26, 2005
    9
    Amazing game.
  5. Dec 12, 2020
    8
    For this review, I will be discussing the original NES version since it's not on this site.

    Good ol' Dr. Mario. A series of games where you
    For this review, I will be discussing the original NES version since it's not on this site.

    Good ol' Dr. Mario. A series of games where you carelessly toss pills into a bottle to eliminate viruses. (Yeah, according to Dr. Mario lore, it isn't actual patients) I don't know about you, but I've always found this game more fun than Tetris.

    It is similar to Tetris in terms of structure, the megavitamins (which is this game's version of Tetriminoes) are tossed down into the playing field. However, everything else differs from that formula quite a bit. Instead of clearing rows of blocks, here you have to match the megavitamin with the correct color of one of the Viruses. Have four blocks of either pills or viruses match colors and you elimate whatever was there. There are three colors to work with, those being Red, (for Fever Viruses) Blue, (for Chill Viruses) and Yellow. (for Weird Viruses) I this this formula is far more engaging than the likes of Tetris which is just block-stacking upon block-stacking until you lose. Here, you get an objective, and it's really fun to find ways to overcome your different obstacles.

    Well, this is a puzzle game, so that's pretty much it. However, you can adjust the different gameplay settings to your own liking, such as the amount of viruses to clear or how fast the megavitamins fall. There are also two different songs to choose. I love them both. (Though I honestly prefer Chill) I think the rest of the tunes in this game are really catchy. For an NES game, I think this game has great graphics! It's easy to tell which megavitamin is which and which virus is which.

    Not much else to say except it's my one of my favorite puzzle games of all time. It's still nothing outstanding, but it's super accessible, and I have lots of fun playing this game whenever I decide to pick it up.
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  6. Jun 14, 2011
    8
    I can agree with all of the user reviews. This game is a good puzzle game and is well-paced but is not exactly the most exciting game on theI can agree with all of the user reviews. This game is a good puzzle game and is well-paced but is not exactly the most exciting game on the market. I also don't find it worth the price, because of Wario Ware Expand
  7. GregW.
    Dec 19, 2004
    2
    Not worth buying. You can get it free in " Wario Ware".

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#31 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
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#27 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004