I gotta say, it’s a good game, filled with memories, when all we had was a NES. We were so easily amused with nothing but adequate graphics and a good idea. But I’d like to take a moment to look into the game a little bit.
1- Mario’s not the best doctor; his usual reccomendation is pills, pills, and more pills, (and lemme tell you, a lot of his patients OD on those things and die). Besides, he only knows of about 5 different pills, and he gives them to you all at once. Probably not a good idea. He should either go back to med school or back to plumbing.
2- Doesn’t this send a bad message to the kids that might be playing this game? “whatever ails you, just pop a bunch of pills!” Bad advice, Mario.
3- Not once does this game use the phrase, “What’s up doc?”
4- It actually might be warning us about something. Each level gets more and more bugs, which need more and more meds to help the patient. Likewise, when people use penicillin for everything or go off their meds early, the viruses and bacteria grow in both numbers and in strength, requiring more pills. Is this what the game is trying to tell us?