Phone game Dr. Mario World has only just launched this month. Sensor Tower reports that it has already been installed by over two million players in its first 72 hours. It has earned Nintendo around $100,000 USD during that time. Not too shabby.
Dr. Mario World is now available for iOS. Nintendo’s latest smartphone game was originally going to be released on July 10th, but as Twitter user @Wario64 pointed out the download went live a day early for Apple devices. The game was also released early on Android via the Google Play Store.
Super Mario Run’s had 4.3 million and Fire Emblem Heroes’ had 4.9 million downloads at launch. Dr Mario World has also lagged in terms of revenue generation. In comparison, Super Mario Run got around $6.5 million and Fire Emblem Heroes took $11.6 million from the same markets.
It can not be denied that part of the reason behind this is the brand name. The Dr. Mario brand, originally started in 1990, isn’t as much of a behemoth as others in Nintendo’s portfolio. But it showcases Nintendo’s push into the mobile space. This push has certainly been rewarded, with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp being another successful title to come from them in the last few years.
Should you play Dr. Mario World?
Whether or not the game will appeal to you, depends on what you’re expecting. If you want it to be faithful to the original NES experience, you’re out of luck. The new smartphone edition changes a lot about the experience, turning the game board around and changing the gameplay from an endless experience akin to Tetris to a stage-by-stage puzzle game like Candy Crush.
The game also suffers from the same free-to-play monetization excesses that Nintendo has used in its other mobile titles. It features timers, which limit how much you can play at a time unless you’re willing to pay using in-game currencies, and there are also randomized gacha systems for unlocking new characters, assistants, and upgrading your roster. If you’re used to free-to-play smartphone gaming, then none of this will feel particularly excessive. But you shouldn’t approach Dr. Mario World expecting a similar experience to its console namesake.