Dr. Luigi

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Dr. Luigi
Dr. Luigi logo.png
Developer(s) Arika
Nintendo SPD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Takao Nakano
Tomoko Nakayama
Daiki Sasaki
Producer(s) Hitoshi Yamagami
Ichirou Mihara
Designer(s) Tatsuya Ushiroda
Composer(s) Masaru Tajima
Series Dr. Mario, Luigi
Platform(s) Wii U
  • NA: December 31, 2013
  • EU: January 15, 2014
  • JP: January 15, 2014
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Dr. Luigi, released in Japan as Dr. Luigi & Saikin Bokumetsu (Dr. LUIGI & 細菌撲滅, Dr. Luigi & Bacterial Eradication), is a puzzle video game for the Wii U console, developed by Nintendo and Arika. The game was released as an eShop exclusive game in North America on December 31, 2013 and in Europe and Japan on January 15, 2014.[1] Notably, Luigi is the protagonist instead of Mario. The game was released at the end of Nintendo's "Year of Luigi" promotion in 2013. [2]


Dr. Luigi is a falling block tile-matching video game and offers four distinct game modes. The first, "Retro Remedy", is played using the traditional rules of Dr. Mario. In "Operation L", two different capsules, joined together to create L-shaped configurations, are dropped into the playing field at a time. "Retro Remedy" and "Operation L" are each available in single-player and competitive multiplayer modes. "Virus Buster", a game mode that was featured in Dr. Mario Online Rx, is played by holding the Wii U GamePad vertically and using the touchscreen to drag the capsules via a drag and drop interface. "Online Battle" offers online multiplayer via Nintendo Network.[3]


Dr. Luigi's reception from critics was average, having a Metacritic score of 65/100 based on 38 reviews.[4]

Scott Thompson of IGN rated the game as "good" (7.5/10). He praised the game's additions to the Dr. Mario formula, particularly the "Operation L" gameplay mode. Thompson highlighted the music remixes and online connectivity, but found its actual matchmaking and two-player limit for each match lackluster.[2]


  1. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (December 18, 2013). "Dr. Luigi Coming to Wii U". IGN. 
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Scott (January 9, 2014). "Dr. Luigi Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on July 24, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ Childs, Lewis (December 18, 2013). "Dr. Luigi announced for Wii U eShop". NintendoLife. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Luigi for Wii U Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-05-07.