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Dr. Mario FAQ

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                                Dr. Mario FAQ
                          For Nintendo GameBoy (GB)
                 Version 1.0 - Last Updated 04 February 2003
                By Ryan Harrison - cornflake101(at)hotmail.com

                       Copyright (c)2003 Ryan Harrison

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Version History
3. Story
4. Controls
5. Before Starting
6. Killing Viruses
7. Cheats/Secrets
8. Conclusion
9. Credits
10. Copyrights
11. Contacting Me

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== 1. Introduction ==
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Well here it is.  The turn of a new month, and another FAQ to provide you,
this time it's Dr. Mario for the GameBoy! This FAQ is based on the GameBoy
version of Dr. Mario solely, as it's the only version I've ever played or
owned.  I chose to do this FAQ because there were no FAQs for it and I found
a request which I decided to fill to help those who are stuck with this game.
It's also another step closer to me being a prolific author which I hope to
become in the future.

Dr. Mario was released initially on the NES and GameBoy in 1990.  Both are
quite good games, and they're somewhat of a Mario version of 'Columns' (a
game released for the Genesis and Master System).  This game marked Mario's
first appearance as a doctor from all the attires he's also appeared in.
This game is addictive and fun to play, and overall I think it is great!

Enjoy the guide folks, and I hope you find it useful! If you have anything
to add or ask about regarding this guide, please don't hesitate to contact me
(check Contact section for more info)!

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== 2. Version History ==
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Version 1.0 (04 February 2003): The first version of this FAQ.

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== 3. Story ==
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Mario is taking a break from his platform adventures, and returning to the
Mushroom Kingdom Hospital to do some research with his trusty assistant,
Nurse Toadstool! But disaster strikes...

One day Dr. Mario and Nurse are doing some research when something went
wrong, and viruses were quickly spreading around the hospital! However, Dr.
Mario has made some vitamin capsules that he thinks are capable of curing
the disease and getting rid of the viruses.  It's up to you to control these
capsules and stop the viruses from spreading any more.

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== 4. Controls ==
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Left: Move capsule to left/make different selections on main menu screen.

Right: Move capsule to right/make different selections on main menu screen.

Up: Move cursor up on main menu screen.

Down: Drag capsule down faster/move cursor down on main menu screen.

Select: Move cursor on Player selection screen.

Start: Make selections on menu screens/pause game.

B: Turn capsule 90 degrees anticlockwise.

A: Turn capsule 90 degrees clockwise.

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== 5. Before Starting ==
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OK, so here's where the FAQ starts.  Knock on your GameBoy, and you will be
brought to the Player selection screen, where you can choose having the good
old-fashioned 1-Player game, or have a second player to join in.  By the way,
this guide covers only the 1-Player game, as I can't say much about 2-Player
mode.

So if you pick the 1-Player game, you are taken to the configuration screen.
You are given a list of three configurations.  Here's a quick rundown of
each:

Virus Level
-----------

This is the level of difficulty you can choose to start with.  It ranges on a
scale from 0 to 20 with 0 being the easiest with fewest viruses and 20 being
the hardest with most viruses, and 10 being the average difficulty.

Speed
-----

The speed that the capsules fall down after Mario flips them into the virus
area.  You can choose from LOW, MED and HI.

Music
-----

The music you're going to be listening to while you kill the viruses.  There
is the FEVER theme (also in NES version and in Super Smash Bros. Melee),
CHILL, which is a somewhat softer tune, or you can choose to have the music
switched OFF.

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== 6. Killing Viruses ==
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There are three types of coloured viruses in the game, and three colour type
capsules.  There are black viruses, gray viruses and black viruses.  You have
these colour counterpart capsules.  The capsules have two colours and can
either have the same colour on both ends or two separate colours:

(##/##) Represents a capsule with the same colours on both ends...

(##/OO) Represents a capsule with different colours on each end.

To kill viruses, you must line up capsules with them to make four of the same
colours in a row.  Here is an example of how to take care of viruses.

            --------------------------------------
           |  ----------------------  ------------|
           | |                      || (Dr. Mario)|
           | |                      ||            | FIGURE 1: Virus at bottom
           | |Capsule--->(##/##)    ||            | of virus area.  Dr. Mario
           | |                      ||            | has flipped capsule into
           | |                      | ------------| the area.
           | |                      |             |
           | |                      |             |
           | |                      |             |
           | |  Virus--->#          |             |
           | |                      |             |
           |  ----------------------              |
            --------------------------------------

                 (Press B and drag vertical capsule
                  on top of virus.)

            --------------------------------------
           |  ----------------------  ------------|
           | |                      || (Dr. Mario)|
           | |Capsule--->(##/OO)    ||            | FIGURE 2: The capsule
           | |                      ||            | is lying vertically on
           | |                      ||            | top of the virus.  Dr.
           | |          ^           | ------------| Mario flicks in a capsule
           | |          #           |             | with two different
           | |          -           |             | colours.
           | |          #           |             |
           | |          ^           |             |
           | | Virus--->#           |             |
           | |                      |             |
           |  ----------------------              |
            --------------------------------------

                  (Press B twice and drag darker
                   coloured side of capsule onto
                   the pile of dark capsules and
                   virus.)

            --------------------------------------
           |  ----------------------  ------------|
           | |                      || (Dr. Mario)|
           | |                      ||            | FIGURE 3: There are four
           | |                      ||            | colours lined up in a
           | |     (OO/##)}         ||            | vertical direction.  The
           | |          ^ } These   | ------------| dark colours, along with
           | |          # } four    |             | the virus, vanish.  The
           | |          - } colours |             | other remaining part of
           | |          # } will    |             | the capsule falls down
           | |          ^ } vanish  |             | until it lands on the
           | |          # )         |             | bottom of the screen or
           | |                      |             | on top of another capsule
           |  ----------------------              | or virus.
            --------------------------------------

Seems simple, huh? There are other ways to get rid of viruses too, many that
can be as complex or as simple as possible.  Here are some other strategies
you could try:

            --------------------------------------
           |  ----------------------  ------------|
           | |                      || (Dr. Mario)|
           | |                      ||            |
           | |                      ||            |
           | |                      ||            |
           | |        Virus         | ------------|
           | |          |           |             |
           | |          |           |             |
           | |          |           |             |
           | |          |           |             |
           | |         \|/          |             |
           | |     (#/#)#(#/@)      |             |
           |  ----------------------              |
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                               You can surround a
                               virus by pills.  If
                               both capsules have the
                               same colour on each end
                               five colours are taken
                               out for more points!

            --------------------------------------
           |  ----------------------  ------------|
           | |                      || (Dr. Mario)|
           | |  (#/@)               ||            |
           | |   ^                  ||            |
           | |   #                  ||            |
           | |   #                  | ------------|
           | |   ^                  |             |
           | |   #<---Virus         |             |
           | |                      |             |
           | |     ^                |             |
           | |     @                |             |
           | |     -                |             |
           | |     @                |             |
           | |     ^                |             |
           | |     @<---Virus       |             |
           |  ----------------------              |
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                               When the darker capsules
                               take out the dark virus,
                               the coloured one will fall
                               on the three already-stacked
                               coloured capsules and virus to
                               take them out as well.  You
                               get extra points for this.

            --------------------------------------
           |  ----------------------  ------------|
           | |                      || (Dr. Mario)|
           | |                      ||            |
           | |                      ||            |
           | |       (#/O)          ||            |
           | |       (#/O)          | ------------|
           | |       (#/O)          |             |
           | |Virus--># O<--Virus   |             |
           | |                      |             |
           | |                      |             |
           |  ----------------------              |
            --------------------------------------
                               All colours on screen
                               immediately vanish.

Virus Level Table
-----------------

The 'Virus Level' you pick will have certain number of viruses.  Every time
you complete a level, you will move to the next virus level, eg from Virus
Level 10 to Virus Level 11.  The number of viruses in a Virus Level goes
up by four for each virus level.  Here is a Table to show how many viruses
are in each virus level:

.-------------.-------------------.
| VIRUS LEVEL | NUMBER OF VIRUSES |
'-------------'-------------------'
|     00      |        4          |
|     01      |        8          |
|     02      |        12         |
|     03      |        16         |
|     04      |        20         |
|     05      |        24         |
|     06      |        28         |
|     07      |        32         |
|     08      |        36         |
|     09      |        40         |
|     10      |        44         |
|     11      |        48         |
|     12      |        52         |
|     13      |        56         |
|     14      |        60         |
|     15      |        64         |
|     16      |        68         |
|     17      |        72         |
|     18      |        76         |
|     19      |        80         |
|     20      |        84         |
'-------------'-------------------'

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== 7. Cheats/Secrets ==
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Epilogue Animation
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Complete the game on any speed level.

Special Animations
------------------

Complete V.Level 5, 10, 15 or 20 on MED or HI difficulty to view a little
animation.

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== 8. Conclusion ==
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And that about wraps it up! I hope you enjoyed reading my little FAQ for Dr.
Mario, and that it has helped those who made a request for it on GameFAQs.
I have put in as much info as I possibly can, and I hope my explanations are
satisfactory too.  Please don't mind my little diagrams, I'm not too good at
drawing ASCII diagrams. >_>  If you have anything to ask me about or comment
on this guide, please don't hesitate to contact me.  Just make sure any
questions haven't already been answered before sending them.

This FAQ was created on Microsoft WordPad with a Courier New size 10 font.
The current version (1.0) was started and finished on February 4, 2003.

FAQ Size: 18KB

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== 9. Credits ==
================

Devin Morgan (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/3579.html) and
Psycho Penguin (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/9471.html)
For being two great friends and FAQ role models.  

Brakker-Z (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/7937.html),
Ste C. (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/24927.html),
OnceInALifeTime (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/29462.html),
Robshi (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/30416.html),
Brian Sulpher (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/19608.html),
Crazyreyn (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/27600.html),
Meowthnum1 (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/11356.html),
Dallas (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/3855.html),
Cell (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/8847.html) and
Jim Chamberlin (http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/2717.html)
All for being great friends of mine, and they all have some pretty great work
of their own, which I suggest you check out.

CJayC for making his great site, and for hopefully posting this FAQ up on it.

Nintendo for making this game.

Anybody who read this guide.

Me, for typing it up.

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== 10. Copyrights ==
====================

This FAQ is copyright (c)2003 and exclusive property of Ryan Harrison.
Everything contained in this file is my own info.  This FAQ may ONLY appear
on GameFAQs (http://www.gamefaqs.com/).

If you would like to post this guide on your site, feel free to do so, but
only as long as you contact me first and I grant you permission.  If any of
my FAQs is marked as Version FINAL, I'm not going to let you post them up,
as I don't have time to be registering with all the sites just to have my
guides posted up.  If you're going to be stupid and
decide to post ANY of my FAQs, let alone this one, on your site without my
permission, that is plagiarism, and it's illegal.  So just don't do it.  This
FAQ may also NOT be sold for profit, published for profit or reproduced for
profit.  This document is protected by copyright law, and I will find out if
you rip me off.  However, if you would like to use some of my info for your
own FAQ, then I have no problem with that, JUST SO LONG AS YOU ASK ME AND
CREDIT ME.  That is all.

Dr. Mario is (c)1990 Nintendo.

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== 11. Contacting Me ==
=======================

I have now made a contacting system and rules for contacting me, so please
make sure you follow the steps and chances are you get what you want, plain
and simple.

If you wish to contact me PERSONALLY, then my E-Mail address is
cornflake101(at)hotmail.com.  Since I use Hotmail, I also use MSN Messenger,
and I like to talk to people, so feel free to add me to your list.  But don't
forget that I have a family computer, so don't even THINK of sending me any
spam or junk through the IM system, because my parents wouldn't think too
nice of it, and I'll have no choice but to block you.  So if you want to IM
me, I would only just like to talk and nothing else.

If you have any gameplay-related questions, please send them in to
superryano64(at)yahoo.co.uk, since Yahoo does not contain as much spam as
Hotmail, therefore I can answer your questions without too much difficulty
and not wasting too much time.  Please try not to send gameplay-related
questions to my other E-Mail address, I am having a bad enough time as it is
weeding through all the unwanted E-Mail I am getting.

And finally, my GameFAQs Message Boards username is KenShamrock.

To view all my work, check out the URL below:

http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/22792.html

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