Dr. Mario (video game)

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Dr. Mario (ドクターマリオ Dokutā Mario?) is an arcade puzzle video game produced by Nintendo. It was originally released as an arcade version in 1990, and adapted for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy the same year. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi and Takahiro Harada,[1][2] its play mechanics are compared to Tetris.[4] In this game, Dr. Mario throws vitamins that the player must align in order to destroy the viruses that populate the playing field (designed to resemble a medicine bottle).

U.S. Patent 5,265,888 covers Dr. Mario, but as of 2004, Nintendo has not enforced it against amateur software developers.[citation needed]

Will Nichols holds the world record for this game on High and Medium speeds. Nik Meeks hold the record for Slow speed.



A puzzle game similar to Tetris, Dr. Mario features Nintendo mascot Mario as a doctor. Gameplay consists of dropping two-sided vitamin capsules into a playing field 8 blocks wide by 16 blocks high resembling a medicine bottle, populated by viruses of three colors (red, yellow, and blue).

There are six types of capsules, each one being a combination of one or two of the three possible colors. The player must rotate and position these capsules on top of and alongside the viruses and other capsules in an effort to eliminate the viruses. Both viruses and capsules are eliminated when four or more objects of corresponding color are placed in a row or column. A player completes a level by eliminating all viruses on the playing field. The game will end if any capsules obstruct the bottle's narrow neck at the top row of the field.

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