Dr. Mario fans may be finally getting their wish, albeit not quite as they imagined it. A new Dr. Mario game is coming in the form of Dr. Mario World, a mobile game for Android and iOS, on July 10.
The core gameplay is still the same: you drop in some pills to clean out some viruses. You can use your finger to drag, drop, and rotate different pills to form match-three combinations of colors, and the emphasis seems to be on skill and strategy rather than raw reaction. The trailer below shows some more gameplay, as well as one of the new mechanics, doctors.
You can unlock staff slots and new doctors over time, who will come with their own abilities, like Dr. Peach clearing columns or Dr. Yoshi avoiding taxes—I mean, eliminating objects. These screens also have a "versus mode" indication on them, which could be interesting.
It currently looks like Dr. Mario World will be free-to-play with timers though, which is likely a bummer for those hoping to blast through a new Dr. Mario game or chase high scores on leaderboards. Course plays are limited by hearts, which you either have to purchase or accumulate over time.
Hopefully there's a way to outright pay to remove the heart timer, but the only mention in the trailer is 60 minutes of infinite play for 30 diamonds, where 20 diamonds is $1.99. This is after Nintendo asked its partners to limit microtransactions in March, too. We'll see if Dr. Mario World is up to snuff in July when it hits mobile.