Dr. Mario

ドクターマリオ

Dr. Mario Screenshot
System Famicom/NES
Developer Nintendo
Genre Puzzle

The Mushroom Kingdom has been hit by a virus, and it's up to Dr. Mario to wipe it out.

You are presented with a jar containing three colored viruses. Mario throws two-colored pills into the jar and you have to move and rotate them so they form lines of four of the same color to make the line vanish. If the pills hit the neck of the jar then you have to start again. Clear the jar of viruses to advance to the next stage.

As well as a stage-by-stage game with an increasing number of viruses, you can also play a 2-Player game against another player, where scoring combos will drop additional pill segments into your opponent's jar.

Alternate Versions

Dr. Mario (Game Boy)

Dr. Mario (GB)

Released alongside the NES version, the Game Boy release features the same gameplay and game modes. Due to the hardware's limitations, the viruses appear as black, white and gray, and the 2P Mode can only be played using a Game Boy Link Cable and two copies of the game.

Dr. Mario (Super Famicom Version)

Dr. Mario (Super Famicom)

The Super Famicom version was released exclusively through the Nintendo Power download service. It features updated graphics and sound, but the gameplay and game modes are identical to those of the NES version.

Release Information

Famicom / NES Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 27 Jul 1990 ドクターマリオ Dr. Mario Famicom/NES
US Oct 1990 Dr. Mario Famicom/NES
Europe 27 Jun 1991 Dr. Mario Famicom/NES
Japan 21 May 2004 ファミコンミニ15 ドクターマリオ Famicom Mini 15. Dr. Mario Game Boy Advance
Famicom Mini
US 25 Oct 2004 Classic NES Series 09. Dr. Mario Game Boy Advance
Famicom Mini
Europe 07 Jan 2005 NES Classics 09. Dr. Mario Game Boy Advance
Famicom Mini

Game Boy Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 27 Jul 1990 ドクターマリオ Dr. Mario Game Boy
US Dec 1990 Dr. Mario Game Boy
Europe 30 Apr 1991 Dr. Mario Game Boy
Japan 01 Mar 2000 ドクターマリオ Dr. Mario Game Boy
Nintendo Power
Japan 27 Jul 2011 ドクターマリオ Dr. Mario Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
Europe 22 Mar 2012 Dr. Mario Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
U.S. 04 Oct 2012 Dr. Mario Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console

Arcade Version

Region Date Name System
US 1990 VS. Dr. Mario Arcade

Super Famicom (Nintendo Power) Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 01 Jun 1998 ドクターマリオ Dr. Mario Super Famicom
Nintendo Power