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Dr Mario And Germ Buster Review

Just what the doctor ordered...

Although it's spent its 18-year history living in the shadow of Tetris, the Dr Mario series has always provided some top puzzling action. We're happy to report that this WiiWare version is by the far the best iteration of the game yet.

The "Germ Buster" in the title refers to the new mode where up to four players can team up to play the game, using the Remote to grab the falling pills and fit them into place before they land. Although we expected this to be somewhat gimmicky, it actually works really well and is simple enough to be enjoyed by anyone.

Old-school fans needn't worry though - you can still play the game in its original mode, complete with similar sound effects and remixed versions of the familiar Dr Mario music. You can also take part in online matches, making it the closest Wii equivalent you can get to Tetris DS.

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Puzzle fans will love Dr Mario - it eclipses anything that's currently available on the Virtual Console just now and has that essential one-more-go factor that made the series so popular in the past.


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  1. SpinachPuffs Tuesday 20th May 2008 at 14:47

    Perhaps a tad too pricey, but this is a fab game!

  2. Joey23 Tuesday 20th May 2008 at 15:45

    How much does it cost :?:

  3. Spoon-man Tuesday 20th May 2008 at 17:10

    How much does it cost :?:

    The game is 1000 Wii points in total.

    I'm not sure whether or not to buy this game. I have just enough points (since Pop wasn't released today and I was going to buy that), but I found the DS Virus Buster to be a tad repetitive and boring at times. I do like the sound of the online mode, though - but what should I do? Shell out for an extra 1000 points and get FFCCMLAAK or something else, or buy this instead (even though I already have the brilliant Lost Winds)?

  4. Hero of Winds Tuesday 20th May 2008 at 19:19

    Remixed Dr. Mario music? *wants* I need to get some DAMN Wii points tho.

  5. technokid123 Tuesday 20th May 2008 at 20:58

    lol Its a good game, but the Japanese are really good at beeting me at matches online D: oh well ill keep training...

  6. superscott Wednesday 21st May 2008 at 14:45

    I'm slightly dissapointed. I went for this over LostWinds because I wanted something I can play for 5 minutes occasionally.

    I'm hoping Defend Your Castle is out soon though!

  7. adastoy Wednesday 21st May 2008 at 17:42

    this game seems alot harder than i remember,or im just out of practice for this type of game.

  8. legendofzelda Friday 23rd May 2008 at 20:01

    i only have enogh points for two games shall i get: dr mario, lostwinds, mlaak, or wait for pop!

  9. FMT Saturday 24th May 2008 at 09:00

    Does anyone know what controllers you can use for this game?


  10. Kazoo Sunday 25th May 2008 at 14:11

    Dosen't really look worth the price.

  11. mollyontour Tuesday 27th May 2008 at 12:25

    i never played this game before and considering its mario you cant go wrong.

    its my first wiiware title, and not bad for a first game.

    but in the future i expect alot MORE for my money.

  12. LEGEND MARIOID Wednesday 15th Oct 2008 at 16:10

    This is an outstanding game. How come you gave this a ONM mark of 82% in the mag and 83% here? :-)

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