Dr. Mario & Puzzle League

a game by Nintendo
Genre: Puzzles & Words
Platform: GBA
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Dr. Games, Mario Games
Dr. Mario & Puzzle League
Dr. Mario & Puzzle League
Dr. Mario & Puzzle League
Dr. Mario & Puzzle League

Released in 2005, Dr. Mario & Puzzle League is a bit of a later release for the Game Boy Advance, but it is a game I have spent a ton of time with. Rather than be a mix up of these two popular games. This is actually two games on one GBA cartridge as both games are their own separate game.

Dr. Mario

To say that I love Dr. Mario is a massive understatement. I love the game on the original NES and the Nintendo 64 one is one of the biggest hidden gems on that console if you ask me. How does Dr. Mario for the Game Boy Advance compare? Well, I would say that it falls somewhere in between the two. It is still that classic Dr. Mario that was on the NES, but the visuals have been given a bit of an N64 makeover.

I do wish that they had the story mode from the Nintendo 64 version, but playing for a high score, against an AI opponent or even a friend is a lot of fun. The idea of the game is to get rid of the viruses. You do this by having four pills of the same color as the virus connect. It sounds easy, but it is way more challenging and also fun than you would think. I think this is a solid version of Dr. Mario and one that is well worth playing.

Puzzle League

The second part of this 2 in 1 cart, Dr. Mario & Puzzle League is, of course, Puzzle League. This is a game that has about a million different names, but we will just stick with what it says on the cart, Puzzle League. This is the kind of game that sounds boring as hell when you describe it. There is a series of rising blocks and once they reach the top it is game over. You need to match the same colors to keep these blocks from raising. It sounds easy enough, but as you get more skilled you can line up a series of blocks and unleash a huge combo which makes you feel like the smartest person in the world.

I have played a few different versions of Puzzle League and this one (due to its age to be fair) is one of the more basic. That does not mean it is not a lot of fun, but in comparison to some of the more modern ones, it can be a bit harder to go back to it. It does have different game modes which are cool, but for me it is all about the endless mode where you just keep on playing to try and get the highest score you can before you die.

I think that Dr. Mario & Puzzle League is a solid two-pack. These are two great puzzle games and while they are both on other systems, these two versions are solid in their own right. As I am a huge Dr. Mario fan though I must admit I do kind of wish that they went all-in with that game and had the story mode from the Nintendo 64 version of the game here too, that would have been awesome.

8.5/10

Pros:

  • Two games in one
  • Dr. Mario is half NES and half N64
  • Puzzle League is super addictive
  • I love the presentation of both games
  • Dr. Mario has some really catchy tunes

Cons:

  • No story mode in Dr. Mario
  • Puzzle League is a little bland

Download Dr. Mario & Puzzle League

GBA

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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