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Dr. Luigi

Dec 31, 2013 - Wii U

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Game Informer
8 / 10
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2.5 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Luigi

The Year of Luigi ends with Dr. Luigi, a fun twist of the 23-year-old classic Dr. Mario.

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It's a real pity. Wii U's eShop has been starved of decent fare of late, and Nintendo should be leading the way. Yet it's easy to see Dr Luigi as a symptom of the current malaise affecting its home console business. It features a strange gimmick no one's really that interested in, it highlights an increasing reliance on past glories, and most will find it somewhat overpriced. The outgoing Fiscal Year of Luigi draws to a close with a whimper, then - here's hoping the coming months see Nintendo offer a more convincing tablet-based cure for what ails it.

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A competent and unexciting update to a competent and unexciting puzzler, which is not nearly praise enough to forgive the optimistically high price.

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Game Informer

Mike Futter
8 / 10.0
Game Informer

Virus placement and random pill drops can create extremely difficult starting scenarios, but head-to-head play with friends is great fun.

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Dr. Luigi is content with safety over invention

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Dr. Luigi repackages the Dr. Mario formula with some new ideas, but limited options and slow pacing leave it feeling anemic.

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It's still a far cry from the top-tier classic puzzlers, but Dr. Luigi manages to be fun enough... even if there is that nebulous whiff of tragedy about the whole affair. On the other hand, it doesn't leave the nasty taste in your mouth that you get from exploitatively designed free-to-play puzzlers like Candy Crush Saga, so that's something.

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While I greatly enjoyed Dr. Luigi, most of my joy can be attributed to my profound love for Dr. Mario. Those who have such a nostalgic tie to the game will love Dr. Luigi in the same way the new iterations of Tetris keep fans from the '80s and '90s coming back.

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