Review by score101

"Hey Doc, I'm a little short this week, please don't break my thumbs."

Ah yes, I remember thee quite fondly. It was a brief 19 years ago give or take whenever you've decided to read this review that I, then a fine lad of 8 years old stumbled upon an NES game called Dr. Mario. However this wasn't the typical Mario that I recalled smushing turtles with. Instead he was a doctor fighting viruses by drugging them to death in his brand new puzzle game. I, being the inquisitive young violent little tyke found little interest to play such a game where stomping, punching, or shooting was put by the wayside.

Years and years later I stumbled upon this game once again in the format of the Game Boy Advance Classic NES Series version. Now that I'm a little older, and supposedly a little wiser I can see the foolishness that was my youth. Now I'm a sucker for classic gaming. I tend to feel that anything released passed the SNES era is flash first, and substance later. So once Nintendo started to release some of their classic NES games for the GB Advance I took notice with my wallet and my championship thumbs.

Graphically Dr. Mario on the GBA is just as it was for the classic Nintendo Entertainment System. What's even better is that it plays completely the same for fogies like me and as far as I can tell sounds the same as well.

The game as I said earlier is a puzzle game where you use different colors and combinations of pills that Dr. Mario throws on-screen to fight off viruses. There are three types of viruses, yellow, blue, and red. To kill a virus you have to move 3 of the same colored pills on top of one of the bad little dudes. Once all of the viruses are destroyed you move on to a harder level. The nice thing about the game is that it allows you to choose the level you would like to start off at with whatever speed and number of viruses you'd like. The menu even lets you choose one of two songs (or no song) to jam to while you play.

This is not the deepest puzzle game out there, but it is fun and holds true to its classic roots. Like most of the other Classic NES Series games this game is perfect for killing a short amount of time while say you're on the can or at the clinic trying to get rid of a virus of your own. I bought this game specifically because I knew what I was getting and I wanted the Classic NES version. Be aware that if you're not a geek like me that wants the definitive classic version that there is a Dr. Mario / Puzzle League combo game cartridge that is available for the GBA as well. It's two games for the price of one and usually seems cheaper on ebay. I've never played it though so I have no clue if it's better or worse than this game. However I do know that this game is fun and I'm glad I bought it.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/24/08, Updated 03/14/11

Game Release: Classic NES Series: Dr. Mario (US, 10/25/04)


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