Dr. Mario (1990)

This was Nintendo’s contribution to the puzzle game explosion led by the phenomenal success of Tetris. Each player started the game with a jar containing numerous red, yellow and blue viruses. The object was to eliminate all of the nasties by steering capsules thrown into the top of the jar by a lab-coated Mario. Lining up four or more squares (capsules or viruses) of the same colour would cause them to disappear.

Dr. Mario’s best feature was its multiplayer mode, allowing players to wreak havoc on their opponent’s jar by pulling off virus-destroying combos.

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