|System: Wii (WiiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Nintendo||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 26, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
You can connect to Nintendo WFC and battle against other people from around the world in the standard Classic or Flash modes. You'll get points if you win or lose them if you are defeated. The ranking system lets you see where you're at, and the amount of points and victories the top 10 players (and your friends) have. Overall, there's not much to this game - no ranked matches, only two online game modes, typical friend code system, etc. Oftentimes, you'll face very good players and won't stand a chance against them. To tell you the truth, you'll probably enjoy an online Super Smash Bros. battle or a Mario Kart Wii race much more. Even so, if you don't know what time it is anymore and your eyes are red from playing Dr. Mario, you're probably a great candidate to go online and battle it out against real-life adversaries.
Despite the slick overall presentation of the game, there isn't much innovation to the actual gameplay, and the desire to play wears off quickly. The game visuals are attractive, but very minimalistic. You'll know you're playing an authentic Nintendo Wii game as soon as you see the white beveled buttons of the menu interface as well as the geometrical shapes, circles, stripes, and the blue theme. Everything looks very slick and colorful, and the addition of Miis is a great touch.
The simplicity of the presentation is fine with me, but I didn't enjoy the scarcity in terms of gameplay and soundtrack. There are only four "songs" to choose from, and they're not even real songs; they're more like MIDI melodies you will end up loathing with a passion, unless you enjoy being tortured. The high pitch of the music themes gave me a headache and made my ears want to shrink. If you're worried about missing the classic Dr. Mario theme, don't worry though; it's there too and sounds pretty cool. It's perhaps the best choice out of the four, although it also hurt my ears.
Now that you've read everything about this game, the rest is up to you. If you REALLY love Dr. Mario and are interested in playing it online, this will be a purchase worthwhile. If you're not so sure about how you feel towards the classic puzzler, you could easily be disappointed by this game download. The lack of innovation, strident music themes, and shortage in terms of gameplay could make the $10 difficult to swallow. Your money is probably better spent in other WiiWare games like LostWinds.
CCC Site Director