Nintendo released WiiWare to the North American market last Monday. The service, much like Microsoft's "Xbox Live Arcade" and Sony's "Playstation Network," is made to support downloadable titles from both small and large companies. One of the first titles to hit WiiWare was Dr. Mario Online Rx, an upgrade to the famous pill puzzler of old.
I haven't been able to put much time into the game yet, but I am very impressed from what I've played so far. The game features the original Dr. Mario game, complete with the dancing virus monsters and catchy music. The Wii update is also the first time that Dr. Mario can be played online against other gamers from all over the world.
The biggest addition is "Virus Buster," a multiplayer cooperative mode that bends the rules of the standard game. In this mode, multiple pills will spawn at the top of the screen, and gamers need to work together to be successful. The Wii Remote allows for easy point-and-drag gameplay. I'm going to try and round up some buddies this weekend to see just how crazy this mode is with four people.
If you liked the original Dr. Mario on NES then this is well worth a purchase. For 1000 Wii Points ($10), you get the classic with online play, and the highly addictive Virus Buster mode.