Dr. Mario Express

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Dr. Mario Express
Developer Arika
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS
Release date Nintendo DSi (DSiWare):
Japan December 24, 2008
USA April 20, 2009
Australia May 1, 2009
Europe May 8, 2009
China April 8, 2010
Nintendo 3DS (eShop):
Japan June 6, 2011
USA June 6, 2011
Europe June 6, 2011
Australia June 6, 2011
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Mode(s) Single-player
Nintendo DSi:
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Nintendo 3DS:
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Nintendo DS:
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Dr. Mario Express, known as A Little Bit of... Dr. Mario in PAL regions and as Chotto Dr. Mario (ちょっとDr. MARIO, lit. "A little bit of Dr. Mario") in Japan, is a puzzle game released on DSiWare for the Nintendo DSi for 500 DSi points and the fifth main installment in the Dr. Mario series. This game has the same design as Dr. Mario Online Rx, but unlike the WiiWare version, it does not offer a multiplayer mode or feature the Virus Buster mini-game (which can be found as part of the DSiWare games of its original parent series, Brain Age Express, instead). 3-D objects are cel shaded in this game.


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The main plot of the Dr. Mario games is to get rid of the germs that infect a person's body. Dr. Mario throws in pills and tries to line them up like Tetris. After getting 4 pills that are the same color as the virus (or pills) a lined, the virus will be defeated.

DSi Shop description[edit]


Mario™ once again dons his stethoscope to battle the forces of illness in this downloadable version of the classic puzzle game. Use vitamins to eliminate viruses in Classic mode, or play against a computer opponent in Vs. CPU mode. Make an appointment with Dr. Mario today!


Dr. Mario is back, to cure your puzzle fever! A Little Bit of... Dr. Mario brings you this classic game in an easy-to-digest portable form for your Nintendo DSi! Enjoy the original inspiration for Germ Buster (as seen in More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima). Simply defeat all the viruses in the bottle by lining up coloured capsules that match the colour of the viruses. Watch out, because if the bottle fills to the brim with capsules, it's Game Over! Choose Classic Mode to play solo, or battle against the computer in Vs CPU Mode in a race to clear all the viruses first. You can also set the number of viruses and game speed, to tune the difficulty level to your liking. Please note that elements of this software may have been featured in previously released software.


Main article: List of Dr. Mario Express staff
  • Kenji Yamamoto
  • Ichiro Mihara
  • Tatsuya Ushiroda
  • Shinichi Masuda



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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ちょっとDr.MARIO
Chotto Dokutā Mario
A little bit of Dr. Mario
Chinese 一下下马力欧医生
Yíxìaxìa Mǎlìōu Yīshēng
A little bit of Dr. Mario
French Une pause avec... Dr. Mario A pause with... Dr. Mario
German Dr. Mario für zwischendurch Dr. Mario in between
Italian Una pausa con... Dr. Mario A pause with... Dr. Mario
Spanish Una pausa con... Dr. Mario A pause with... Dr. Mario


  • When the player beats level 5, 10, 15, or 20, they will see a picture of Dr. Mario taking a rest under a tree. The number of viruses on top of the tree and the time of day depends on the speed and level the player plays at.

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