There was a time when we thought the next time Mario was going to turn up on our phones would be in Mario Kart Tour. That time is over though, because we now know the next Nintendo game to land for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices is going to be Dr. Mario World.
Nintendo has revealed that the puzzler will be coming to the App Store and the Google Play Store on July 10th. That's not the only information that the big N has released about the game though.
Perhaps the most interesting bit is that Dr. Mario World will be "free to start." That might make it sound like the game is going to follow a similar monetisation path as Super Mario Run - where the first chunk of the game was free, but you had to buy a one off IAP to get any farther.
However, the game looks like it's also going to have an energy system, and two different currencies - gems and coins (check out the trailer below and you'll see what we mean). That suggests to us that Nintendo is just saying free to play in a slightly different way. Or it's trying some dual monetisation strategy that we can't figure out - stranger things have definitely happened.
Dr. Mario isn't the only physician in attendance here - you'll also be using Dr. Peach, Dr. Bowser, Dr. Toad, and more. At launch the game will feature 200 stages, but more will be added down the line, as well as more characters.
There's going to be some online modes here as well. You can get gifts of "stamina-giving hearts" from your friends in the campaign, and there's a versus mode that lets you compete one-on-one with players from around the world too.
You can get a better idea of what's happening in the game by checking out the new trailer that we've embedded under this paragraph. And, if you're the sort of person who likes to get things at the earliest possible opportunity, you can click here to pre-order Dr. Mario World for iPhone and iPad. Or, if you're a gamer of a Google persuasion, click here and you can pre-order the game for Android.