Dr. Mario

a game by Nintendo

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NES Dr. Mario download
  • GameBoy - Nintendo
  • Type: Puzzle
  • Release: Nov.
  • Levels: 20
  • Difficulty: Avg.

The doctor is in! It seems that there are nasty viruses floating around at Nintendo and Mario has to destroy them with an overdose of vitamins. Like Columns, you drop capsules and each half could be either black, white or grey. Change the order of the colors as they fall. Match 4 halves either vertically or horizontally and they disappear. If they touch a virus of the same color it also will vanish.

People say:


Dr. Mario is an annoyingly overinvolved version of Tetris meets Columns that takes a different approach and comes up way short. Sure, Nintendo has done the same old thing in a refreshing new way, but where's the fun?


Dr. Mario is good update to Tetris. By not allowing matches on the diagonal makes the game a bit shallow and flat but it still comes off well on the GameBoy. The puzzles start off easy but are challenging and fast paced in the higher levels.


Dr. Mario is Nintendo's attempt to clone Columns for the GameBoy (and soon the NES). Not only do you have to twirl


Kids - Don't try to simulate this stunt yourself, these people are hardened professionals! Pop pills into formations that kill viruses. Spin the pills into the proper directions and then line them up to quickly eliminate buggers to advance. Tetris part #99.

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  • Machine: GameBoy
  • Number of Levels: 20
  • Theme: Puzzle/Reflex
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Number of Players: 1 or 2
  • Available: November '90

Calling Dr. Mario...

It looks like Mario got tired of sitting around waiting for his fourth adventure to start and he must have gone back to school! He now is a full fledged M.D. and his newest challenge is to kill off some very nasty viruses floating around Nintendo's headquarters.

Your main weapons are vitamin capsules, each half of which could be either black, white or grey. Your job is to line up the vitamins in such a way that at least four halves of the capsules are the same color either horizontally or vertically. Do this and the capsules disappear along with any of the nasty viruses which happen to be in contact with, and the same color as, the matched capsules. Eliminate all the virus vermin on the screen and you get to progress to tne next level.

Dr. Mario plays very much like a cross between Tetris and Sega's Columns, as you can rotate the capsules like in Tetris and make matches of similar colors as in Columns. Unlike Columns though, you can't match up capsules diagonally. You can select your starting level; the type of background music; the game play speed and the number of players.

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