Dr. Mario Online Rx
Dr. Mario Online Rx (stylized as DR.MARIO online ℞ on the logo), known as Dr. Mario & Germ Buster in Europe and Australia and as Dr. Mario & Saikin Bokumetsu (Dr.Mario＆細菌撲滅, lit. "Dr. Mario & Bacteria Extermination") in Japan, is the first WiiWare video game of the puzzle genre to be released for the Wii by Nintendo and the fourth main installment in the Dr. Mario series. The title features both traditional Dr. Mario gameplay in addition to Virus Buster, a mini-game from Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day! and Brain Age: Concentration Training. Germ Buster has been modified for motion-sensing control rather than stylus control.
The title costed 1,000 Wii Points to download in all regions.
The Wii Shop Channel closed at the end of January 2019, therefore the title is no longer available to purchase.
In both modes, the traditional goal of the Dr. Mario series carried over into this title. Players maneuver Capsules tossed into a glass jar in order to destroy the Viruses. In order for a virus to be destroyed, it must be connected with at least one capsule in a row or column of the same color, so that they form a column or row of at least four. Unlike previous entries, this is the first Dr. Mario game in which the score is not carried over to the next level, meaning that the score resets to zero whenever the player chooses to continue to the next level.
In this mode, the game plays similarly to the previous Dr. Mario games, where capsules are controlled by moving it left, right, or downwards, or even rotating it, using the buttons on the controller. In single player, Dr. Mario or the player's Miis tosses viruses into the glass jar. In multiplayer, the player's Mii in the save file represents the first player, while the second local player can select a Mii of their choice. For online battles, each player is represented by the Mii of their save file. In contrast to previous Dr. Mario games, the next three capsules are previewed, compared to previous games where only one capsule is in preview.
There are three modes in Dr. Mario:
The music available in this mode is between Fever, Chill, Cough, and Sneeze, a random selection between the aforementioned four themes which can change in between levels, or to disable the music altogether.
In addition to the single-player mode, Dr. Mario features local and online multiplayer. The title took advantage of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection for online matches between friends around the world. Players could download the multiplayer demo from a friend who owns the game, enabling players to compete when only one owns the title. Despite region encoding of the Wii, the multiplayer demo may be sent to a Wii system of a different region.
In this mode, each player is required to eliminate all viruses from the jar. Unlike Dr. Mario, this mode can only be played with the . Up to four players can participate in this mode. In this mode, the interface is represented by multiple Miis fighting off a horde of viruses, where if the player(s) are performing well, the viruses will be pushed back, but if they are at a disadvantage, the Miis are the ones being pushed back. The difficulty determines not only how soon more capsules are added to the stage at once (up to three of them), but also the time it takes for each set of capsules to be added. Unlike the Dr. Mario mode, the preview only shows one next set of capsules, as opposed to three capsules.
Each player can grab a capsule by pointing to it, in order to move it (left, right, or down) or rotate it. There are some difference in which the capsules can be controlled, compared to the traditional Dr. Mario gameplay:
Depending on the level, the starting amount of viruses are as follows:
The music available in this mode is between a different variant of Fever or Chill, a random selection between the aforementioned two themes which can change in between levels, or to disable the music altogether.
This mode is controlled using only the Wii Remote.
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. Or maybe you'd like some help taking on those nasty Viruses? Try out Virus Buster, where four players can simultaneously move capsules simply by pointing at them with a Wii Remote controller. Any way you look at it, Dr. Mario Online Rx is a prescription for fun that everyone can enjoy!