Dr. Mario Online RX Review
Dr. Mario Online RX box art
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.

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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.

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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.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
The visuals are slick but mostly unimpressive. The use of Miis makes a difference.
4.0
Control
Classic and simple controls work well. Wii Remote controls (Virus Buster mode) are easy to handle as well, though not as intuitive.
2.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Classic and simple controls work well. Wii Remote controls (Virus Buster mode) are easy to handle as well, though not as intuitive.
3.6

Play Value
This game will be fun for those who enjoy challenging puzzles, but overall it doesn't feel like a very generous remake. Online gameplay is the main reason to buy it again.

3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The doctor is in! Mario takes a break from his adventuring ways and once again dons his stethoscope for a new generation of germ-battling mayhem.
  • In addition to the classic mode of using vitamins to exterminate viruses, you'll find two battle modes and an online multiplayer mode where you can hone your skills against players from around the world.
  • Feel like challenging a friend who doesn't have Dr. Mario Online Rx? Then the WiiWare-exclusive Friend Battle Demo is just what the doctor ordered.
  • Try out Virus Buster, where four players can simultaneously move capsules simply by pointing at them with a Wii Remote controller.


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