Dr. Mario World – Homebrew Game Review

Games like: Super Mario World, Dr. Mario, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

Download the patch here: http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1776/

TL;DR

Seven years in the making, creator B.B. Link has completely overhauled a Super Mario World rom to create a brand new experience with new enemies, levels, story with interesting twists and level designs.

A flu virus? In Mushroom Kingdom? Dr. Mario is on the job!

A flu virus? In Mushroom Kingdom? Dr. Mario is on the job!

Being a hack of an existing video game, there are definitely going to be some mountains to climb especially if this is the first time delving into the mess. First you have to get past the possibly illegal terms of this engagement. Don’t ask me how it works anymore (physical copy, software copy blah blah blah). I have no idea and frankly I could care less about the legal implications of a video game released 24 years ago. So… yeah… good? Fantastic.

The rom hack takes from Super Mario World for SNES.

The rom hack takes from Super Mario World for SNES.

The zip file with the patch does come with it’s own IP patcher to get the deed done, but you’ll have to provide the rom. Either way, there are detailed instructions within the zip file that will allow you to follow along. Get yourself an emulator, your favorite controller (mine being SNES to USB) and get to jammin’.

The block switches remain intact giving you access to more areas once you find them.

The block switches remain intact giving you access to more areas once you find them.

Times are tough in the Mushroom Kingdom and a nasty virus has taken hold of its citizens. The first being everyone’s beloved Toad. Informed by the Princess, Dr. Mario makes a strange arrangement with Wario to collect the necessary mega vitamins to fight the disease. Each with their own abilities, Dr. Mario with his pill shooters much like his counterpart in Smash Bros and Wario with his dash attack that can also be found in Wario Land, you run through the Mushroom Kingdom taking out Shyguys, Koopas and the whole gang from previous titles.

Alternate exits are found finding keys to unlock doors. This will expand the gaming world.

Alternate exits are found finding keys to unlock doors. This will expand the gaming world.

You won’t see a world map or anything like that but instead a level select with a floating white glove. From here, you’ll be able to see how many exits exist within each level. Some of the levels (much like Super Mario World) will require a key to find a new exit. This will open new areas that you wouldn’t have been able to access before.

Underwater worlds are here as well although the swimming sprite is just Mario jumping.

Underwater worlds are here as well although the swimming sprite is just Mario jumping.

The levels have a very Yoshi’s Island feel to them with the color scheme and cartoon outlines of many of the backgrounds and platforms. Also you’ll see some familiar faces from the Dr. Mario universe including your favorite germs looking to wreak some havoc. The level design has a very SMW feel using common themes so you shouldn’t run into anything earth shattering or lack of Mario Foot because there’s a ton of that going on. The music is comprised of tracks that made both games great in their 16-bit glory. Some of the tunes have been rearranged to fit more of the motif of Dr. Mario World.

Hidden pipes drop you into Dr. Mario-like levels for a fun break from gameplay.

Hidden pipes drop you into Dr. Mario-like levels for a fun break from gameplay.

Looking for more Dr. Mario stuff? Hidden throughout the game are secret pipes that you can jump into (hint – there is one hidden under the table in Dr. Mario’s house) and you’ll be whisked away into a jar of viruses with falling vitamins to kill them with. Now it doesn’t play just like Dr. Mario; that’d be crazy. So instead, you’ll grab the vitamins like a koopa shell and kick them to the viruses as if they were enemies. It’s not exactly as you’d expect but it’s an impressive attempt to really merge the games together. Plus it’s always fun finding hidden things.

Journey inside Toad's body to take the viruses head on.

Journey inside Toad’s body to take the viruses head on.

Let’s level up the creepy a little bit shall we? So Toad is sick right? How do we fix that? Well, we need to collect mega vitamins to help out Toad and the others who have come under the flu. Here’s where the magic begins. Not only will you give Toad the medicine, but you will shrink yourself down to Fantastic Voyage size and fight the viruses head on. That’s right, you go toe to toe with the virus in a brain filled level. The boss is the ultimate virus that plays more like a Big Boo with fading in and out. From here you will kick the big vitamins up at him a certain number of times to destroy him. A great use of sprite reworking that fits the game perfectly in this aspect.

The big Virus is you world ending boss that plays much like the Big Boo from SMW.

The big Virus is your world ending boss that plays much like the Big Boo from SMW.

Dr. Mario World is a rom hack that takes two well known games from the Nintendo universe, combines heroes in a strange alliance in an effort to help those in the Mushroom Kingdom that have come down with the flu. Interesting level design and a complete overhaul of a classic creates a fun and challenging game with multiple aspects from both and a clever story line.

Download the patch here: http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1776/

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