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Dr. Mario Cures Japanese Virtual Console Next Week

Posted by James Newton

Say "ahhh"

Japan's about to come down with a fever, and Dr. Mario is the cure.

The medicinally-minded Game Boy puzzle game comes to the console next week for 400 Yen. DSiWare fans might already be familiar with the game from Dr. Mario Express, but interestingly this is the first time we've seen the original released on Virtual Console — the NES version is still curiously absent from the Wii's download service.

Hopefully we in the West will get a chance to download this pill-popping puzzler soon.

[via nintendo.co.jp]

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User Comments (25)

EarthboundBenjy

#7

EarthboundBenjy said:

I own the original GB cartridge, and I have to say, there is absolutely nothing this version does that the DSi version doesn't already do. Except for multiplayer, which would probably be removed from the VC version anyway.

In fact, it's a bit worse, as the GB version can generate levels that are impossible to beat if you set the speed to high and the level to 20. On DSiWare, you can set it as high as you want, and it's all still possible.

47drift

#9

47drift said:

So this guy walks up to a doctor and clears his throat. The doctor asks,
"What seems to be the problem?"
The guy responds in raspy voice,
"I'm a little hoarse,"
And the doctor responds,
"I believe that's called a foal. What do I look like, a veterinarian?"

Wakka wakka wakka.

FluttershyGuy

#10

FluttershyGuy said:

So many bizarre inconsistencies with Wii VC. Now we have one BETWEEN the two VCs. Getting Dr. Mario GB early in 3DS VC's life, when the preferable big screen NES version hasn't seen the light of day. Another oddity is the absence of one of the first Game Boy games, Tetris. I want my GB Tetris (lost my game pak that came with GB :( ).

JoeDiddley

#11

JoeDiddley said:

I have the DSi Tetris & Dr Mario (& WiiWare too).
Although I would love to download the GB Tetris I'm not so bothered about Dr Mario.

FluttershyGuy

#12

FluttershyGuy said:

@11
Nintendo is getting good at giving us what we DON'T want (especially in NA). A very... INTERESTING quality in a game maker interested in profits.

RantingThespian

#18

RantingThespian said:

I got this for my old Gameboy before I had it on the NES. I played this game nonstop as a kid. I just loved it. I play the DSi one a lot as well. It's basically the same as the Gameboy one, except the DSi one has no human multiplayer.

eviLaTtenDant

#19

eviLaTtenDant said:

If you don't want to put in much effort in this franchise on the 3DS make a new downloadable Dr. Mario which only enables online-play and local multiplayer. Release it for 2 € and you're sure to please the hardcore fans.

But i'd really like to see a more fleshed out version of Dr. Mario asap. Something along the lines of Tetris DS would be a dream come true i'd say. But at least Puzzle stages and a Time Trial mode would be highly appreciated. :)

PS: It's my favourite multiplayer puzzle game.

StarDust4Ever

#20

StarDust4Ever said:

One funny thing, Playing the NES version, I always took so many pills trying to kill those viruses, that half the time the pills filled up to the top and my patient O.D.'ed!

DRx Mario would likely be very boring and tedious without the brightly colored Red, Yellow, and Blue pills.

Sneaker13

#21

Sneaker13 said:

I love Dr. Mario and have the many versions of it. Including this one on the original cardridge. So I'll skip if it hits Europe.

retro_player_22

#22

retro_player_22 said:

The reason for the lack of the NES version on VC was that there was already a much superior version for WiiWare, no need to waste money on another similar version. Hopefully Dr. Mario 64 comes to Wii's VC soon too.

warioswoods

#23

warioswoods said:

@4

For me, classic Dr. Mario > classic Tetris. However, I'd be most excited for a VC release of Tetris Blast.

motang

#24

motang said:

I have the DSiware game and it's tough, not as easy as Tetris one which I also have on the DSi.

ZueriHB

#25

ZueriHB said:

The only reason to buy the GB version on 3DS VC would be, if it contained multiplayer of any sort. If not. Do not buy it.

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