Chinese gamers are review bombing Dr. Mario World

Dr. Mario World has only been out for a few days, and (despite some strong allegations against the doctor) it has already been downloaded over two million times. On top of this, the game has also made $100,000 in revenue.

Comparatively, Super Mario Run had about 4.3 million downloads and made $6.5 million in the same amount of time. SensorTower has also compiled some data comparing the results with Nintendo’s other mobile games. Check out the numbers below!

Dr. Mario World vs other Nintendo mobile games - first 72 hours

Despite the decent numbers, Nintendo fans seem pretty split about Dr. Mario World. The game plays nothing like a usual Dr. Mario game and instead works more like a standard puzzle game you would find on mobile devices, like Candy Crush. If you want to learn more, Nintendo has released a handy video explaining the game.

What the doctor ordered

So despite the game not connecting with most Dr. Mario fans, it’s obviously connecting with more casual mobile gamers. This, at the end of the day, was Nintendo’s goal the entire time with their mobile releases. Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp were released to get people interested in the core franchise. Dr. Mario World is no different in that it introduces casual puzzle game players to the series.

Hopefully, these successful numbers will convince Nintendo to release a new Dr. Mario game on the Switch soon. I can only play the old NES version of Dr. Mario so many times before my need to see falling pills in HD kicks in. Maybe we could have a giant multiplayer Dr. Mario game just like Tetris 99?

Putting my own personal hopes and dreams aside, what do you all think of this early success for Dr. Mario World? Do you enjoy the new mobile game? Have you not even given it a try yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Adam Sherrill
I love all kinds of video games. I personally find the most enjoyment in JRPGs, Visual Novels, and pretty much anything Nintendo makes. I'm always open to discovering new types of games, so I'll be happy to check out anything someone suggests.


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