Dr. Luigi Brings A Competitive Edge To The Classic Puzzler

By Sato . December 18, 2013 . 10:20am

Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime told us that the Year of Luigi would extend into 2014, and it looks like he meant it. This morning, we got a first look at Dr. Luigi for Wii U during Nintendo Direct.



Dr. Luigi is similar to the classic Dr. Mario game, but with four different modes. In addition to having the Retro Remedy mode and its classic controls, there will be a newer “Operation L” mode, which is similar to the original game, but with L-shaped capsules.


There’s also a competitive versus mode, where you’ll get to play against a friend or random players via online battle. Dr. Luigi brings a new strategic element to the puzzle game, by allowing you to punish opponents by changing their capsule colors upon killing germs on your side.


The Germ Buster mode, which was featured on Brain Age on the Nintendo DS, will also be making a return in this game. This mode uses basic capsules and touch-screen controls with the Wii U GamePad, and is recommended for novice players.


Dr. Luigi is scheduled for release on December 31 in North America through the Wii U eShop. It will cost $14.99. Meanwhile, Europe will get the game on January 15th, 2014.

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  • Jonah Paley

    That’s DOCTAH Luigi to you, Mario!

    • SlickRoach

      Doctah Mamma Luigi for Smash Bros.!

    • makubexnas


  • Just look at Luigi’s face in that header picture.

    He has no idea what he’s doing. That’s why he uses two pills at once.

  • Warren

    Dr. Luigi is the worst doctor ever! I saw a Toad go in for a checkup next thing you know the “Dr.” said he was pregnant….and he was a boy!

  • Nanaki

    I remember playing Dr. Mario on my SNES.
    Imagine nearly two decades later I’d get the opportunity to play Dr. Luigi online!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Luigi doesn’t seem to happy about being a Doctor.

    • Luigi’s Traumatic Center.

      • Internet is Crash

        : Under the Pills

  • Freud_Hater



    This is hilarious! Year of Luigi, everybody! XD

  • Judgephoenix


  • HerosLight
    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Oh yeah,oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah, Lucky!, Lucky!

  • Death Saved

    I know the Wii U is hurting for games but i wish Nintendo would focus on meatier titles, and no this is not me being bitter about the lack of info on X.

    P.S: yes i Know the Wii U has meaty games but the thing is i want more!

    • I guess, but we don’t see many big eshop announcements have we?
      and there’s always room for a good puzzle game.

  • NimbusStev

    Is it just me or did the game play look super slow? Sitting through this whole video almost put me to sleep. -_-

  • ShootThatWay

    Maybe a Puyo x Dr. Luigi game will be possible.

  • Kaitsu

    I don’t know about you guys, but this looks like a step down from Dr. Mario 64, which felt like it had more content.

  • Richard N

    Mario’s shadow just keeps getting bigger the more you try to imitate him, Luigi….

  • gulabjamal

    That PEGI 3 really caught me off guard

  • Shady Shariest

    …It will be impossible for me to take Mario Brothers seriously for a while…
    That music video from Starbomb…

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