Nintendo Releases Dr. Mario World on iOS and Android

Nintendo today released its latest mobile game, Dr. Mario World. The game is similar to past Dr. Mario titles in which you match certain pill capsules with different viruses to get rid of them. Of course, the game is a lot more intricate than that, so here’s the official description.

■ Use your puzzle skills to eliminate pesky viruses! 

• Match capsules with viruses and watch them disappear! Simply match three objects of the same color vertically or horizontally to clear them. 

• Luckily, Dr. Mario and friends have virus-busting skills, and you can use leftover half-capsules to strategically zero in on especially meddlesome viruses.

• Take your time, because each puzzling configuration of viruses must be cleared using a limited number of capsules. Keep calm to plan your approach, and you’ll rid Dr. Mario’s world of viruses in no time!

■ Paging Dr. Mario!

• A colorful cast of viruses has Dr. Mario’s world in a panic! Dr. Mario and friends have put on lab coats and grabbed capsules! Now they’re ready to eliminate those unruly viruses.

• Dr. Mario isn’t the only one on call—Dr. Peach, Dr. Bowser, and others are on duty. Staff up with assistants like Goomba, Koopa Troopa, and Buzzy Beetle to help your doctors out with additional skills.

• Doctors and assistants have various virus-busting skills, so experiment to find a combination that suits your style and pace.

• Hundreds of stages over many different worlds are ready for you to save! New worlds, new doctors, and more will be delivered on a regular basis.

■ Play together with friends and family around the world!

• You’re not in this alone—send and receive stamina-giving hearts to use in stage mode! Then, show off your puzzle-solving progress.

• In versus mode, you can turn up the intensity on your virus-busting by challenging others to a one-on-one showdown—without using hearts!

• Find the right combo of doctor and assistants and aim for victory online to earn battle points and increase your tier!

Nintendo isn’t gonna release a game without a way to make money, and Dr. Mario World is a perfect example of that. While the game is free to play, it’s filled with in-app purchases. In all fairness, this is probably a solid alternative compared to the one-time $10 fee the company charges in order to unlock the full version of Super Mario World. A free-to-play model that still lets you access the entirety of whatever you’re using is better than forcing people to pay $10 if they wanna continue the game they’re playing. I’m almost certain more people will download this game because of this point alone.

Still, the game has to be good. Personally, I haven’t had time to test it out, but I’m sure everyone will give it a swing in the meantime to see if it’s worth it.

Dr. Mario World is available for free from the App Store on iOS and the Play Store on Android.