Nintendo's Next Mobile Game Will Be 'Dr. Mario World,' Developed in Partnership With LINE

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Nintendo today announced that its next iOS and Android release will be Dr. Mario World, an action puzzle game set to be released later in 2019. Nintendo will be partnering with messaging app LINE to develop the new title.

Little detail is available on the new game at this time, but Dr. Mario was a 1990 puzzle game that tasked players with rearranging different colored pills as they fall to clear them off of the game board and eliminate viruses.


The gameplay of the original title was similar to Tetris, and it should translate well to mobile devices.

Nintendo says that Dr. Mario World will be free to play with in-app purchases, with Nintendo aiming to release the game in “early summer 2019” in Japan, the United States, and dozens of other countries.

Dr. Mario World may be Nintendo's first game of 2019, as its other title, Mario Kart Tour, won't be coming out until the summer. It was originally scheduled to launch right around March.

Nintendo has released five mobile games thus far, four of which have been free-to-play and three of which have been highly successful. Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Dragalia Lost are current free-to-play titles, while Miitomo, Nintendo's first mobile game, is now defunct. Nintendo's only paid app so far has been Super Mario Run.

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18 months ago
Didn't expect to see a new Dr. Mario, but sure, iOS could be a good place for a puzzle game like that.
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18 months ago
My wife is stoked about this game. It’s the only one she plays on the NES classic.
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18 months ago
I would love a Dr Mario on mobile.
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18 months ago

Consistently, the healthiest people I know avoid automatically running to take a tablet when something comes along. The unhealthiest people I know go by pharma’s tablet-first, tablet for everything philosophy. Eat well, and your game!

Do they eat healthy mushrooms to grow up big and strong while jumping around and punching brick blocks?
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18 months ago

Little detail is available on the new game at this time, but Dr. Mario was a 1990 puzzle game that tasked players with rearranging different colored pills as they fall to clear them off of the game board

OMG! How is this game even being developed? The current state of affairs makes this games choice of theme all the more galling. With the opioid crisis in full swing why would someone offer a game that will obviously be a gateway to someone stealing their mom's Ambien. Did we learn nothing from Rush Limbaugh's hearing loss from OxyContin? Seriously, what's wrong with the world? Dr. Nathan Poe proved conclusively that games about pills lead to real addiction with real pills. He's written many peer reviewed papers on the subject matter.

I'm starting a Change.org petition to get this game banned before it even debuts. Who's with me? I'm pretty sure Nathan Poe will sign on. A game about pills? The creators should be in jail.
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18 months ago

OMG! How is this game even being developed? The current state of affairs makes this games choice of theme all the more galling. With the opioid crisis is in full swing why would someone offer a game that will obviously be a gateway to someone stealing their mom's Ambien. Did we learn nothing from Rush Limbaugh's hearing loss from OxyContin? Seriously, what's wrong with the world? Dr. Nathan Poe proved conclusively that games about pills lead to real addiction with real pills. He's written many peer reviewed papers on the subject matter.

I'm starting a Change.org petition to get this game banned before it even debuts. Who's with me? I'm pretty sure Nathan Poe will sign on. A game about pills? The creators should be in jail.

Wow! What an extreme, exaggerating, whiny mf. LOL. /woosh
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