Dr. Mario

Dr. Mario is an action-puzzle video game which released in the year 1990. Japanese game designer Gunpei Yokoi designed Dr. Mario while Takahiro Harada was the producer of the game. It was published and developed by Nintendo for the Game Boy consoles and Nintendo Entertainment System. Japanese musician Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game's soundtrack.

Dr. Mario In this game, Mario is represented as a doctor who has to eradicate many deadly viruses. Blocks come down from the upper part of the gameboard in this video game. The player has to eliminate the viruses located on the gameboard by arranging the various colored capsules in a specific manner. The capsules can be rotated so that they can be arranged in the same line with matching colored viruses. The viruses are removed from the gameboard in this way. The player has to destroy all the viruses in a level to move onto the next stage.

The game received positive reviews from critics and appeared on many all time best Nintendo game listings. Since the NES, all the Nintendo home consoles and nearly all portable consoles included a remake, a modified version or a sequel of the game. This game also featured as a minigame in "Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!" and "WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!".

Dr. Mario Gameplay

In this tile-matching game, Mario is a doctor, dropping differently colored capsules into a bottle. This medicine bottle represents the playing field. There are several viruses inside the bottle that have to be eliminated by arranging the capsules properly. These viruses can be red blue or yellow in color. The player has to manipulate the capsules falling down the gameboard by moving them left or right as well as rotating them so that they can be placed alongside same colored viruses. The manner in which the capsules are manipulated by the player is considered to be similar to another game called "Tetris". The viruses placed on the gameboard are eliminated when 4 or more matching capsule halves and viruses are arranged in a horizontal or vertical configuration. The main target of the game is to destroy all the viruses in order to complete the levels. The game is over if the gameboard fills up with capsules that obstructs the narrow neck of the bottle.

The player has the option of selecting the difficulty level before starting a new game. At the initial level, the total virus count to be eliminated is determined by choosing a value between 0 and 20. There are also 3 game speed options that can change the speed of the capsules as the fall in the medicine bottle. The score is determined by the total number of viruses eliminated. There is no time limit in which to finish all the viruses. The player can win bonus points by eliminating multiple viruses at once.