Nintendo’s latest foray into the mobile gaming world is here. You can download and play Dr. Mario World on your iOS or Android device right now.

Dr. Mario World is the latest iteration of the puzzle series. The series began life on the NES back in 1990, with several ports and various other versions over the years.

This latest outing is a free-to-start game involving virus-matching puzzles. The troublesome viruses are causing a panic and it’s up to Dr. Mario and friends to eliminate them by matching capsules with viruses of the same color.

The ubiquity of mobile devices means that the series is now more accessible than ever.

Dr. Mario World provides players with a limited number of capsules to deal with the viruses – so plan carefully. Luckily, Dr. Mario has quite a large staff on retainer, with the likes of Dr. Peach, Dr. Bowser, and Dr. Toad joining him in the quest to cure the world. Other characters will also appear as assistants, including Goomba, Koopa Troopa and Shy Guy. Players can select up to two assistants at once.

If you’re concerned about the amount of content, rest assured: the game features more than 200 stages across various worlds to keep players busy. Even better, Nintendo has promised to bring more doctors, assistants, stages, and worlds to the game after launch.

More good news for those of us with like-minded friends: Dr. Mario World can also be played together with friends and family around the world. In Versus Mode, players can turn up the intensity by challenging friends or any other online player to a one-on-one showdown in real time.

You can also link the game to Facebook or a Nintendo Account – thankfully, this is not required for Versus Mode. This connection allows you to show off your skills in Stage Mode with a progress chart. You’ll also receive stamina-giving hearts to help conquer those difficult stages.

You can check out the multiplayer gameplay in action in the trailer below.

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Source: Nintendo