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Dr. Mario is a puzzle game released for both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy, and the first title in the Dr. Mario spin-off series of Super Mario games. In Japan, both versions of the game were released simultaneously in July 1990. In North America, the NES version was released first in October 1990, while the Game Boy version was released in December. In Europe, the Game Boy version was released first in April 1991, while the NES version was released later, in June 1991.
Originally, the game was known as Virus (as supported by leaked prototypes), and some references to Mario did not exist. Further, the title screen was entirely different not featuring Mario at all. The gameplay (at least in concept) would be the same but the pill movement/clearing would involve curing a sick animal on the left side of the screen.
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Mario is now a doctor working at the Mushroom Kingdom Hospital. One day, an experiment gone awry results in the Viruses spreading out of control. Dr. Mario, however, has developed a new vitamin that he believes should be able to defeat the viruses.
Gameplay of Dr. Mario revolves around dropping multicolored Megavitamins on top of same-colored Viruses to clear them out and advance to the next stage. Viruses are colored red, blue, and yellow, while Megavitamins can appear in any combination of two of the three colors and are placed on top of the Viruses, and can be rotated while they are dropping before they are placed on top of a Virus. The player must create a line of four of the same color in order to clear a line or defeat a Virus. If the player cannot clear all the viruses before crossing the top of the play area, the player receives a game over.
|VS. Dr. Mario||Arcade (Nintendo VS. System)||1990||A direct port of the NES release of Dr. Mario released for Nintendo VS. System arcade machines. This release of the game removes the "Slow" mode and decreases the amount of points earned from clearing chains of Megavitamins.|
|Dr. Mario||Arcade (Nintendo PlayChoice-10)||1990||A direct port of Dr. Mario released for arcades.|
|Tetris & Dr. Mario||SNES||NA: December 1994
EU: July 27, 1995
|An enhanced port of Dr. Mario is included as part of this release.|
|Dr. Mario BS Version||SNES (Satellaview)||JP: March 30, 1997||A port of Dr. Mario broadcast over the Satellaview service, based on the SNES version of the game included in Tetris & Dr. Mario. The ROM of the game is actually the full Tetris & Dr. Mario game with the other portions of the game disabled.|
|Dr. Mario||SNES (Nintendo Power)||JP: January 6, 1998||A direct port of the Satellaview release of Dr. Mario released for the Nintendo Power download service. Unlike the Satellaview release, this version of the game only includes the Dr. Mario game on its ROM.|
|Dr. Mario||Game Boy (Nintendo Power)||JP: March 1, 2000||A direct port of the Game Boy version of Dr. Mario released for the Nintendo Power download service.|
|Classic NES Series: Dr. Mario
(NES Classics: Dr. Mario)
|Game Boy Advance||NA: October 25, 2004
JP: May 21, 2004
EU: January 7, 2005
|A direct port of the NES version of Dr. Mario.|
|Dr. Mario||Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS)||NA: October 4, 2012
JP: July 27, 2011
EU/AUS: March 22, 2012
KOR: May 18, 2016
|A direct port of the Game Boy version of Dr. Mario released as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS, with added emulator features.|
|Dr. Mario||Virtual Console (Wii U)||NA: March 27, 2014
JP: February 26, 2014
EU: February 13, 2014
AUS: February 14, 2014
|A direct port of the NES version of Dr. Mario released as a digital download on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U, with added emulator features.|
Dr. Mario on other NIWA Wikis:
- Dr. Mario NES instruction manual, page 3. Retrieved from Mario Mayhem on March 15, 2017.