Listen, Dr Mario for the Game Boy is out on the 3DS Virtual Console this week, and I’ve been hearing backchat from people who don’t think it’s very good. These people are wrong, and you shouldn’t listen to them.
For starters, Dr Mario was created by Gunpei Yokoi, so let’s have some respect, eh? On top of that, you can never, ever have enough Game Boy games running on your 3DS. The emulation makes them look like they’re running on a 100 dollar bill. The colours are great, the designs still look super-stylish. It’s kind of my favourite look for a video game at the moment.
There’s more: Dr Mario takes the somewhat austere world of the puzzler and gives it a little blood, a little character. You’re not just cancelling out blocks anymore, you’re using pills to squish viruses, and Nintendo’s made all of those viruses strangely endearing. The music’s great, the mixture of block-clearing and virus-targeting is lovely, and it’s nice to see that Mario finally fought his way through all those years in pre-med. I hear he interned at Guy’s and St Thomas’ for a while. It’s a-me, your gastroenterologist.
So, yes, Dr Mario is good. It’s FDA approved, and now it’s Hookshot approved. (I don’t think it’s genuinely FDA approved, though, and Hookshot approval isn’t actually a real thing.)
Also, it costs £2.70, and there’s already a weird version out on DSiWare, too.
Also also, look at the box shot. Dr Mario’s totally cross-eyed. I’d probably use him for tests more than surgery, I reckon.