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The doctor is in! Mario takes a break from his adventuring ways and once again dons his stethoscope for a new generation of germ-battling mayhem. In addition to the classic mode of using vitamins to exterminate viruses, you’ll find two battle modes and an online multiplayer mode where you can hone your skills against players from around the world.

Feel like challenging a friend who doesn’t have Dr. Mario Online Rx? Then the WiiWare-exclusive Friend Battle Demo is just what the doctor ordered. Or maybe you’d like some help taking on those nasty viruses? Try out Virus Buster, where four players can simultaneously move capsules simply by pointing at them with a Wii Remote controller. Any way you look at it, Dr. Mario Online Rx is a prescription for fun that everyone can enjoy.

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Posted by Sammy Barker

Zany pill-popping madness with Nintendo's favourite son.

Dr. Mario was the perfect NES game. A bold, simple statement to start this review, but never has a sentence rang so true in the ears of our peers. This was a game that combined mad colours, infectious soundtracks and a delightful twist on the classic...

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deggs

#1

deggs said:

i'm getting this for sure. i loved the nes original (in uni residence, that game was a religion. tons of people were playing it in the common rooms all day and night) and i'm definitely gonna love this one. i still play it on gameboy now and then.

JNoodles

#2

JNoodles said:

I've never really been able to play a Dr. Mario game before so, I'll make sure to pick this one up.

toaster

#3

toaster said:

I finally got to play the original Dr. Mario the other day for the first time. I don't know how it escaped me all these years, but I had a really hard time putting down the controller.

This will be AWESOME!

d_vader

#6

d_vader said:

Is it worth getting the original if this one comes out? Anyway, this new version looks real sweet. I would hate to also get the original and then see that's it's the same game as the new version.

JNoodles

#8

JNoodles said:

"I have a feeling this will be the first WiiWare game...."
Let us hope so! This is, honestly, my second most hyped about WiiWare, right under Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Little King and the Promised Country, an awesome looking country-builder game!

Roo

#9

Roo said:

"It's easy to be critical of a game you just have no hope in hell of getting in to. Not addictive; not aesthetically-pleasing; not fun. Dr. Mario is perhaps my least favourite game of all time. Admittedly, I've never played this edition, BUT LOOK AT IT. Dreadful."

That's what I sai about Dr. Mario 64 on my N64 tribute Bebo page. I'm applying it here too cause it'll be the exact same game!

jackaroo

#10

jackaroo said:

Holy cow!!! They stole my mii in that screen :o lol.
I had Dr.Mario on GB and i enjoyed it. And since this has wifi i will probably get this.

Rossi

#11

Rossi said:

Any Mii incorperation into a game looks cool, i just played Dr.Mario on the gameboy the other day... i cannot wait to get this..

Serpent

#12

Serpent said:

Online vs mode?
mini-games?
mii support?
This might be the best Dr.Mario game yet.

Masuyo

#13

Masuyo said:

"The title supports the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, allowing players to compete with one another over the Internet."

all my dreams... :D

JNoodles

#18

JNoodles said:

@StarDust - That has been announced a few days, if not weeks, back. :P I'm okay with the May 12th release date. Why? In just one day, I will have SUPER SMASH BROS. BRAWL to hold me over!

DJ_Triforce

#20

DJ_Triforce said:

Yes! This game has such a nostalgic element to it, for me... I am, once again, full of joy! :D

deggs

#21

deggs said:

dr. mario and tetris on a new nintendo system? it's like i'm a kid again... too bad they messed with the fever music (i love the original fever music sooo much)...

Starwolf_UK

#23

Starwolf_UK said:

@Jogurt the Yogurt. It will be 1000 points in Japan. Can't see them putting the price up for other regions.

I'd be all over this if it was not for the fact i'm essentially buying a game I already have twice only this time with Miis, a mostly ghost town Wi-Fi and that slide mode.

rhytwo

#24

rhytwo said:

This is the only WiiWare game I'll probaly buy. I just hope It has the option to turn the Wiimote on it's side instead of using the motion sensor or I won't ever get a wiiware game

calc_nerd

#25

calc_nerd said:

Dr. Mario will never stand a chance to tetris. Dr. Mario 64 was nice playing once or twice, but not worth spending money on. The wii-ware game will be nothing different.

Fireballmario

#29

Fireballmario said:

Really have to get this one. Here's my WiiWare Wish List:
-Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King
-Dr.Mario Germ Buster
-Everybody's Pokemon Ranch
-Tiki Tori
-Defend Your Castle
-Tetris
-Bomberman
and by the Way May 12 is when WiiWare comes to America!!!!
WAhoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BJ1

#30

BJ1 said:

Even though it's on WiiWare, it's good to know that there is a new Dr. Mario game. There hasn't been one since Dr. Mario 64. I wonder why the series was absent on the Gamecube compared to other Mario spin-offs?

Suasexed

#31

Suasexed said:

I absolutely loved Dr Mario on the original Game Boy! I was only playing it the other day and managed to get up to level 19 out of 20. Will definitely be getting this for the Wii when WiiWare launches!

Knux

#34

Knux said:

How good is Dr.Mario? Is it different then other puzzle games?

12345678a

#35

12345678a said:

@ SuperSonic1990

Dr. Mario is a very highly rated game amongst puzzle games. It is seen as one of the best puzzle games of all time, for various reasons such as it great music and its sheer fun & advictivness. Along with the likes of Tetris, Dr. Mario is part of the 'cream of the crop' out of a countless number of puzzle games out there. Basically if you want a top quality puzzle game, get this ;).

Kenji510

#36

Kenji510 said:

Just checked the IGN website and it says that Dr. Mario Online RX will be out next week on the 19th of May.

Kenji510

#38

Kenji510 said:

Well just to let u know that next week on the 19th of May were gonna get some cooler wiiware games as...

Dr. Mario
Star Soldier R
Toki Tori

Bensei

#39

Bensei said:

Could it be that the feture supports aren't included yet? Beacause I heard about Mii Support, Wifi Support and a special Demo support

Kevin

#40

Kevin said:

That's true but right now i'm all about online play despite not getting FFCC My Life as a King.

KnucklesSonic8

#42

KnucklesSonic8 said:

^ According to IGN it is.

I'm not getting this but I know someone who'd be all over this if he had a Wii.

Anyway, Dr. Mario Rx seems pretty good but personally, I don't think it's worth 1000 especially since I can see it getting repetitive after a while. I'm looking forward to other titles to worry about Dr. Mario. :D

Kenji510

#43

Kenji510 said:

Its gonna come out next week on the 19th cant wait!!... also some cool shooting game too called "Star Soldier R"

KnucklesSonic8

#44

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Yep yep. :)
Star Soldier R seems great but I'll save that for its game page. ;)

As for Dr. Mario, what I love is how apparently, you can use WC24 to GIFT a Demo to your Wii Friends. Now I just gotta find someone who plans to get Dr. Mario to let me try the game. :)

KnucklesSonic8

#46

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Heh, yeah. 1000 is just too much of an asking price even though it is a first-party release. Yeah, most don't know the game allows you to let your Friends try a demo of it which I think is a great idea.

Clayfrd

#47

Clayfrd said:

This game seems to borrow a lot of sound effects from the relatively "underplayed" Dr. Mario 64. That is a good thing, though. I highly anticipate this, and I can't wait to play some Dr. Mario online.

Objection

#49

Objection said:

@Clayfrd
This title probably guarentees we wont get the N64 version on VC, since its this with less features. (assumption)

Bensei

#50

Bensei said:

No, DR. Mario 64 has a story mode too, as far as I've heard this has only classic and online multiplayer, but I guess the NES and SNES version would be virtual dust traps

Wiireview123

#51

Wiireview123 said:

cant wait for this one! i used to play dr.mario 64 all the time. like my childhood all over again!

12345678a

#53

12345678a said:

I can't wait for this game, its by far my most anticupated WiiWare game so far.

I've been playing Dr. Wario (an unlockable version on GBA Wario Ware inc. of the NES Dr. Mario with Wario as the doc, limited music and different faced virus') a lot recently because I'm very hyped about this game.

@Bensei sure Dr. Mario 64 has story mode, which this game doesn't (presumably) but I'd take Virus Buster, Mii support and online multiplayer over story mode any day.

Clayfrd

#55

Clayfrd said:

@Objection_Blaster (50) I seriously doubt we'll get Dr. Mario 64 as well. I have Dr. Mario 64, though, and I was saying the sounds were directly borrowed from said game. IMHO, Dr. Mario 64 is the best Dr. Mario, and I hope this is just as good or better. It looks fantastic, and the new controls look promising.

KnucklesSonic8

#56

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Dr. Mario 64 = Doubt it. But my friend is a huge enthusiast of DM64 so he'd be all over this if he had a Wii.

Big_Sexy

#57

Big_Sexy said:

Dr. Mario 64 also had the insane 4p versus mode, which was frantic, crazy and one of its best features.

Kenji510

#59

Kenji510 said:

Man we better get this game on monday man and ive been waiting for this to come, download and play it too!!... please give this to us on monday and i dont want to wait anymore!!!!

DazzaAdmin

#60

Dazza said:

It seems as if now this won't come out on Monday in the USA. You never know though, all that could change! :p

Kenji510

#61

Kenji510 said:

I dont think we are gonna get Dr. Mario on monday at all, i can already tell... we got the 2 set wiiware games coming up monday already and they are...

Criiter Round Up
Star Soldier R

Well if you European people are gonna get Dr. Mario, i hope you really enjoy it and have fun playing online too.

Mario_maniac

#62

Mario_maniac said:

I'm starting to look forward to this, it's great that the demo feature is going to be available for us. I wonder if we Australians will get the games on either the Tuesday or Wednesday...

Kenji510

#63

Kenji510 said:

I think to me the reason why were not getting this game tomorrow cause were gonna get Wii Fit on wedesday as well and they want people to try it, play and enjoy it as well... thats what i think.

Objection

#64

Objection said:

whats the big deal about Wii Fit? No gamer wants it, just the casuals and grandmas. IMO

Big_Sexy

#65

Big_Sexy said:

I seriously doubt that's why we may not get it tomorrow. From what I hear, the amount of pre-orders for Wii Fit are staggeringly high, despite the "non-game" image people are getting from it. Americans will eat it up if you can package fitness as fun.
Hell, I'd probably get it myself, but the weight limit is what makes it unplayable for me. I just want Dr. Mario already.

StarDust4Ever

#66

StarDust4Ever said:

@Big=Sexy: Wow! I am a fairly large dude (27 years, 5'11", and averaging in size between 250 and 275 pounds), and I immediately thought that I would never be able to use it, but I just looked up the specs and apparently, it supports up to 300 pounds!

I need to stay in shape to maintain health, which is why I sometimes ride my bike 7.5 miles to work instead of taking the city bus. I love my Wii (and the rest of my old-school Nintendo collection) for the games, and wonder would I really take the time to do this everyday, or just wanna use my Wii to Brawl, Kart, stomp goombas, etc? My mother would probably appreciate this more than I would.

Kenji510

#67

Kenji510 said:

Ok people... once again, i just checked the IGN website and now the date has changed to May 26th and thats next week on Monday Memorial Day too as well.. heres the link and it says it all... hopefully and im hopefully that is the final date release too.

http://wii.ign.com/objects/142/14209904.html

Genre: Puzzle
Number of Players: 1-4
Release Date:
US: May 26, 2008
Japan: March 25, 2008
Europe: May 20, 2008

MSRP: $10.00
Features: Online

tehpwnr

#69

tehpwnr said:

cannot wait for this to come out!!! gonna buy me another wii points card tommorrow =P well, i'll also post my wii number on here tommorrow in case any of you want to play me ok?

tehpwnr

#70

tehpwnr said:

One more thing...I have a little dilema...i ran out of memory on my wii a while ago, from buying soo many vc games...and have since had to use an s.d. card...anyone else see the problem with this??? i do, becuase its a nuisance having to always copy onto my wii when i want to play something...Nintendo should make an extra something to stick in ones wii, that makes it hold more!!! if you agree, comment back =P

Kenji510

#72

Kenji510 said:

@ Wiireview123- yes im serious and hopefully this will be the final date release for this game next week... i cant either!!.. i been waiting for sooooooooooo looooooooong!!

DJ_Triforce

#73

DJ_Triforce said:

Quick question, for the people who have already purchased it, are you able to control the game using the WiiMote as a classic Nintendo controller - without having to point at the screen? I hope so...

poggydude

#77

poggydude said:

@ Jona-- not really(I find this trickier and 100% more addicting)

BTW I need a review before I can determine if it is worth it or if I should just stick to my NES version

whoever can answer whether it is so much better plz do

Kenji510

#78

Kenji510 said:

@x.SuperMario.x- oh its coming alright and it better be out next week on the 26th of Memorial Day... i dont want to wait anymore and im just sick of it already... i dont have patience either.

Raptor78

#79

Raptor78 said:

I got this as soon as wiiware became availablein the UK (early hours of the morning before I went to bed)
...and its good. Its actually decent value because they have used a similar online scheme as they used with Mario Kart wii, reaaly easy to find online random matches using the 5000 point staring rank system, you can invite frineds (who dont even have the game) to play online... good use of mii support, nice selection of ingame options in regard to type of game, speed & difficulty etc...
also the Germ Buster game is very fun, especially in 4 player mode.
I have to say this is VERY good value for money at 1000 points.

Raptor78

#80

Raptor78 said:

@ Pocketim - Can you play random "worldwide" matches on the demo version? Because I went out and bought the full version straight away I have no idea what the options are like on the demo version...

also for 1000 points you effectively get TWO games :) The Germ Buster game seems like a different game altogether, much more like a four player party game although you can play solo if you like. So bare that in mind once you have played the demo a few times.

Kenji510

#81

Kenji510 said:

I hope we still gonna get this game on the 26th cause now i see other wiiware game on the "Coming Soon" section like Gyrostarr, World of Goo and Toki Tori.... I be surprised if we did got all 4 wiiware games next week and one of them has to be Dr. Mario in it too as well... i dont want to see this date change again just like it was on the 12th, the 19th and now its posted on the 26th.. this better be the final release date and keep it the way it is too.

Big_Sexy

#85

Big_Sexy said:

@Stardust -
Last I heard, the Balance Board only supported 250 pounds. I'm at 275-280 right now, and my DDR pad is gathering dust because it takes up so much room that I can't use it in my new abode. That is, without going to the living room and disrupting anyone's chance of doing anything out there.
If it does support 300 pounds, then I'd like to get it - I prefer to have fun while getting fit, rather than just getting fit. I could use it in my bedroom (from what I've seen, it's not all that big) and its simplicity would probably want my other family members to try it out, too.

In other news, Dr. Mario apparently kicks ass. Really pulling for US release next Monday.

Mike1

#86

Mike1 said:

There is no reason why Dr. Mario won't be out on Monday. Europe and Japan already have it.

Kenji510

#87

Kenji510 said:

Well... we need this game too since there are Dr. Mario fans in the U.S. as well and ive been waiting for this game for so long too since the wiiware launched and only 2 more days to go... hopefully the 26th is the final release date... no more waiting please!

KnucklesSonic8

#91

KnucklesSonic8 said:

@WiiRevolution1: How nice of you to do that. xD

@x.SuperMario.x: So did another buddy of mine.

@Kenji: No need to pray, bud!! I bet you're so excited. I sent you a Wii Message to tell you the good news since you said you were contemplating never making comments on here again!! XD

Kenji510

#92

Kenji510 said:

@KnucklesSonic8- Alright!!.. i am really excited right now and imma go and download this game right now and play it too and try the online feature too as well!

PoisonRamune

#95

PoisonRamune said:

Well worth the $10. I'm so glad it was released to the US on the holiday. We now have a little Dr. Mario tourney and BBQ slated for the afternoon.

The_shoemaker

#96

The_shoemaker said:

Dr. Mario is second on my must have wiiware games at the moment. So far I want lostwinds more. But this will be my first Dr. Mario ever, so I'll probably have fun, I'm hoping someone will send me a demo first though.

Mike1

#97

Mike1 said:

Dr. Mario takes less memory in the US than Europe but more than Japan. Weird.

Ircha

#98

Ircha said:

I'm actually more fond of the Tetris consept that the Dr.Mario consept.
I guess this is not a game for me, even though I love the Mario character. I'm sorry.

Big_Sexy

#99

Big_Sexy said:

Whoa, scoring on this game has changed quite a bit.

Creating chains that kill viruses now give greater rewards than ever, but clearing anything sans virus will net you nothing. Except, of course, in versus mode, where it still throws out garbage.

Also going beyond level 20 now gives more viruses, despite not being able to actually select beyond level 20. If I remember right, even Dr. Mario 64 didn't add any viruses beyond 20.

Too bad there isn't a marathon mode. I had hoped at least that would return. Still, this game is quite awesome. Gonna need to play more worldwide matches if I want to go up that leaderboard, though.

The_shoemaker

#101

The_shoemaker said:

I got the demo of the game and played a few online matches. That was my first time playing a Dr. Mario game, and now I can barely wait until I get some more wii points.

The_shoemaker

#102

The_shoemaker said:

I got it yesterday. It's loads of fun, classic and Virus Buster are both equally great. I can't beleve I ued to think that Dr. Mario would be the biggest waste of points ever.

Roboto

#104

Roboto said:

hi i just download an update for this game it cost me 99 of wii space
does anyone knows whats this update please

Objection

#105

Objection said:

Someone please answer his question. The difference between a 100 and 200 block game is bigger to me than any other factor right now.

Roboto

#106

Roboto said:

hi i just check
the update give you the chace t use clasic controler GC controler and ninchuck to play

Roboto

#108

Roboto said:

i dont know if you can get the smaller one wich was like 93 blocks and the update 99 blocks i gues you get now the complete one

StarDust4Ever

#109

StarDust4Ever said:

The file size is still the same for the US: 93 blocks. I had to delete it first to make room for the re-download because my Wii system memory is stuffed. I am a big Classic controller fan, so this download is a no-brainer for me.

mr_niceguy

#110

mr_niceguy said:

I've never played Dr. Mario before, how is it? I've played falling block puzzlers before and I've honestly never liked them, with the exception of Tetris, Lumines, and Meteos. Falling block puzzlers(with the exception of the ones I just mentioned) have a tendency to screw you, by giving you a piece that you absolutely don't need, and wind up having to cover up a potential line, because you had to put it /somewhere/.

Does Dr. Mario come with this game-ruining fault?

Matmax14

#112

Matmax14 said:

i had dr.mario for gba but i didnt really liked it...but i think i get this one...because you can play in the internet....

mr_niceguy

#113

mr_niceguy said:

@Kenji510

Thanks, you inadvertantly answered all of my questions and convinced me that the game is fun and worth buying, as I quickly went to the video review from that IGN link you posted. The review was very helpful, especially since it showed, and explained, a lot of the gameplay. It also gave a different take on the Virus Busters portion of the game, saying how it's better for co-op, but can be done competitively. Now I'd buy it just for the Virus Busters, though the rest looks okay, too, since it doesn't seems like the computer screws you very often by giving you a piece that you can't use, especially in Virus Busters, as it seems like it would be physically impossible not to find a use for one of them. Once again, thank you, and thank you IGN for reminding me why I used to go there so much.

Not to say the review here is lacking, it was informative, it's just that, what I really needed was a video that isn't ripped from the Nintendo Channel, because that one wasn't ever really all that helpful to begin with.

Big_Sexy

#115

Big_Sexy said:

Look for Dazza's post, supermario2 (comment #96) - it's got a link where you can do that.

(I'd put it here but I don't know any bbcode)

supermario2

#117

supermario2 said:

Unfortunately I can't register or login so I'll have to mail 'em here if thats alright?

Here's my friend code for wii:
0151-6459-4710-6510
Dr.mario
1754-9116-6042
Mario kart wii
4682-8580-5156

Modern_Legend

#119

Modern_Legend said:

Sooooooo... someone plz explain to me, is this basically just a tetris like game that everyone is crazy over cuz its wifi or is there more to it....i dont see how this game is the number 2 game out right now, I NEED CONVINCING LOL

shmayley

#120

shmayley said:

there r games were u have to match colors reglarly online except they dont have mario and its not on wii im not gonna get this

sassy_sunshine

#121

sassy_sunshine said:

anyone know the scoring system online? I'm wondering if I lose more points if I kill myself rather than lose a match

Kuku

#125

Kuku said:

As i'm new to this site,i do not have an idea that how to start the game.
Everytime I click on the game link some other page gets open and I'm not able to play game.Can anyone guide me that ow to start teh game

theblackdragonAdmin

#129

theblackdragon said:

@Suzana, zeena: To get started, turn on your Wii, go to the Wii Shop, and purchase this game. Once you've got it downloaded to your Wii, select it from either the Wii or SD Card menu.

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