Nintendo prescribes Dr. Mario Online Rx and Family Ping Pong for WiiWare

By Spencer . May 26, 2008 . 7:04pm

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Finally, Dr. Mario Online Rx / Dr. Mario & Virus Busters / Dr. Mario & Saikin Bokumetsu (three names, for one game) is out in North America. We’re the last group of WiiWare enabled consumers to get it. The novelty of the pill dragging, virus busting mode has well worn off on me, but I still play Dr. Mario Online Rx for online matches. I feel satisfied with my 1,000 Wii Point ($10) purchase.

 

As we mentioned earlier, Aksys took care of publishing Okiraku Ping Pong, which has been renamed Family Ping Pong for North America. I guess translating it as “Play with ease Ping Pong” didn’t fit the bill. Either way it’s the same game and it still costs 500 Wii Points ($5).

 

On top of the two WiiWare releases there are two Virtual Console games: City Connection from Jaleco and Metal Slug from SNK. The latter probably needs no introduction, but it’s hard to justify the 900 Wii Points ($9) when you can find Metal Slug Anthology, a complete collection of the Metal Slug games for under $30. It’s going to be even harder to justify purchasing City Connection’s awkward blend of driving and car jumping. The goal of City Connection isn’t racing to the end of a stage. You have to paint all of the tiles white by driving over them. Even though you have Wii Sports the 500 Wii Points ($5) are better spent on Family Ping Pong.

 

Let the infectious Dr. Mario demo mail spread.

 

Images courtesy of Nintendo.


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  • Reign1770

    Dr. Mario’s puzzle style is a pain in the arse, but fun.

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