Get ready for Dr. Mario on mobile
Dr. Mario World is coming out on the App Store and Google Play on July 10, and it’s bringing back that Tetris-inspired gameplay with a Dr. Mario twist. How did he get his doctorate so fast? We thought he was a plumber.
The original Dr. Mario was released way back in 1990. It was a puzzler in which Mario dropped the plumber garb and picked up a stethoscope.
Dr. Mario World is the new mobile version. You drop colourful pills onto the screen to eliminate viruses. You’ve seen the format a thousand times before: match the colours to eliminate blocks and rack up those points.
But why should you care if Dr. Mario World looks like just another colourful puzzler to all the games already on both the App Store and Google Play?
This is only the second Mario game to come to mobile, after 2016’s Super Mario Run, and the fifth Nintendo has released.
Dr. Mario World is also the best clue as to how Nintendo will approach micro-transactions in Mario Kart Tour, the upcoming Android and iOS Mario Kart Game.
Nintendo is a master at making simple games feel great, though. Expectations are high. Dr. Mario World will also offer a head-to-head mode you can play with friends — yes please. And you can send “hearts” to them when they run out of lives, which sounds like a good way to avoid "paying to play" too often.
We always love an updated classic, but for those who prefer to play retro, check out the top ten best old-school games you need to have played (or play again).