Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure

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This article is about the seventh console installment in the Dr. Mario series. For the key item from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, see Miracle Cure.
Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure
Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure Logo
Developer Arika[1]
Nintendo SPD Group No. 2
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release date Japan May 31, 2015
USA June 11, 2015[2]
Europe June 11, 2015[3]
Australia June 11, 2015
HK June 11, 2015[4]
ROC June 11, 2015
South Korea May 26, 2016
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
CERO:CERO rating A - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer (local, online)
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Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure is the seventh main installment in the Dr. Mario series, released for Nintendo 3DS in 2015. It was the final title in the Mario franchise to be released with Satoru Iwata as its executive producer before his death on July 11, 2015 (discounting posthumously-released titles).


Basic gameplay of Dr. Mario mode.

The game features three modes to choose from: Dr. Mario, which is the series' standard gameplay; Dr. Luigi, which is the "Operation L" gameplay mode as seen in Dr. Luigi; and Virus Buster, in which players must drag continuously falling capsules onto the Viruses.

A new feature included only in Dr. Mario mode is the titular Miracle Cure. A Miracle Cure can be obtained by filling up a gauge that sits beside the bottle, and each Miracle Cure comes in the form of an item with a unique effect: an item that destroys all Viruses or Megavitamins of a single color, a bomb that destroys all surrounding Viruses and Megavitamins, and an item that clears out an entire row or column. Miracle Cures can be enabled or disabled from the settings.

There is also a multiplayer mode, which features online and local multiplayer. When playing locally, there are two options: Local Play, which allows two players with a copy of the game to play, and Download Play, in which the other player must connect to the system via 3DS download play to play with the player who owns the game. In this, players can play the classic Dr. Mario multiplayer, or one of two modes for Virus Buster; a mode in which players must match three capsules to destroy all Viruses, and a mode in which both players must work together to destroy the Viruses. Dr. Mario mode in multiplayer also includes its own Miracle Cures, such as speeding up the drop rate of the opponent's capsules, reversing their controls, and preventing them from rotating a capsule.

The single player mode consists of two types: "Miracle Cure Laboratory", which is a collection of pre-designed stages, and "Custom Clinic", which the player can configure the course settings and play, similar to the original Dr. Mario games.

Miracle Cure Laboratory stages[edit]





Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Nintendo 3DS Marcel van Duyn, Nintendo Life 8/10 "Featuring three different game modes from throughout the franchise's history, as well as preset scenarios to clear and online multiplayer, this is easily the most packed Dr. Mario game yet. There's a ton of different ways to play, so if you don't fancy Miracle Cure or Dr. Luigi, for example, you can easily leave them untouched and still have a lot to do. Those that are into head-to-head battles will find the online mode quite entertaining as well."
Nintendo 3DS Chris Carter, Destructoid 9/10 "When all is said and done though, there really isn't a whole lot to Miracle Cure if you aren't going to play multiplayer with a friend who shares your passion. I really wish Nintendo showed a bit more effort when it comes to solo play, as the standard "missions" aren't cutting it. I would kill to see a new storyline (like Dr. Mario 64) incorporated into the franchise, one that unites both Mario and Luigi against a common foe. For now, there's only so much pill-dropping that I can take. If you're a Dr. Mario junkie, you can probably pull the trigger on Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure just to see what the fuss is about in regards to the power-ups. For everyone else, just stick with Dr. Luigi until Nintendo decides to overhaul the formula a bit more."
Nintendo 3DS Jason Venter, GameSpot 7/10 "Considering how long Dr. Mario has been around, the modifications here serve as a pleasant surprise and manage to inject a fresh element into a puzzling experience that is by now a bit long in the tooth. Even without the new content, Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure is a worthwhile addition to the serious puzzle fan's gaming library. It just doesn't offer enough that's new compared to Dr. Luigi to warrant a glowing recommendation if you already invested in that other recent release."
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 69
GameRankings 70.53%



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Main article: List of Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure staff

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Dr. Mario ギャクテン!特効薬 & 細菌撲滅
Dokutā Mario Gyakuten! Tokkōyaku & Saikin Bokumetsu
Dr. Mario: Reversal! Miracle Cure & Virus Buster


  • In South Korea, this game was released as an exclusive bundle game of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. It was only downloadable from May 26 to August 31, 2016.[5]


  1. ^ Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure. Nintendo UK. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Nintendo (Nintendo of America). (June 1, 2015.) Nintendo Direct Micro 6.1.2015. YouTube. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Post by Nintendo UK on Twitter. (June 1, 2015.) Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Nintendo. 能夠下載的軟體. Nintendo. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  5. ^ Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure, Nintendo of Korea