Friday, June 29, 2012

MarioCare, or ObamaCare? Dr. Mario Online Rx's Reported Hours

Coffee Beans
Politics. Love the topic, hate the topic? Don't care about it?  Either way, if you have heard any news from outside of the video game world in the last day it probably had the words "Supreme Court", "ObamaCare", "Upheld", or something along those lines in it.

Dr. Mario Online Rx released on May 26, 2008 on the Wii, through the WiiWare service. The game released with a price point of 1,000 Wii Points, which is $10, and can still be downloaded for that price today. The game was developed by Arika and published by Nintendo. It received an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with no content listed for gamers and parents to be aware of.

The 2011-2012 flu season has "officially" ended, and with the U.S. Supreme Court upholding ObamaCare, The Patient Protection and Affodable Care Act (PPACA), bill today, I thought now would be a good time to take another look at Dr. Mario Online Rx.

How many hours have Wii owners reported playing Dr. Mario Online Rx in the last 8 months? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!

The Brew
Dr. Mario Online Rx has approximately 110,402 U.S. Wii owners that have now reported hours through the Nintendo Channel, which is approximately 7,821 more U.S. Wii owners that have reported data for the game since October 24, 2011.

The game's average play-time per day/session is 1 Hour 20 Minutes, which is the same as 8 months ago. Dr. Mario's WiiWare outing has seen an increase of 268,561 Total Hours of game-play reported, over the 2011-2012 influenza season.

The game has a "professional" review score average of 72.95%, based on 19 reviews on

How much has Dr. Mario Online Rx made Nintendo from its U.S. WiiWare release? Just over the last 8 months, the game has made Nintendo about another $78,210. The total amount for the game is now $1,104,020 just based on the number of U.S. players that have reported data and the game's $10 price point.

Caffeinated Thoughts
If you have not see any footage or don't know much about Dr. Mario Online Rx, the video below gives a good overview of what you should be able to expect from the game:

As for my questions in the images above, "Vitamins? Government? Which one would you choose?" I would pick vitamins. As for "MarioCare, or ObamaCare?" I would definitely pick MarioCare.

Politics is great and all, at least if you're on the money making end of it, but Dr. Mario has already provided great solutions for fighting and defeating viruses for over 20 years now. Would you prefer a vitamin treatment and video game time for a virus as suggested by Dr. Mario, or would you prefer mandated insurance and the IRS as suggested by President Obama? Personally, I would go with vitamins and video games every single time.

Have any of you purchased Dr. Mario Online Rx in the last 8 months, and if so, do you know about how many hours you have played the game?

Keeping it simple, and civil, would you select MarioCare or ObamaCare?


  1. Politics civil? Well, my vote goes to Mario.

    ah, you said keeping it simple too. Hm, I had a snarky parallel comparison to make..

  2. "Politics civil?"
    You don't know the HALF of it. LOL. You can always POST the snarky comparison, and I can use my editing skills if necessary.

    I didn't spend a few good months editing video clips together, for NOTHING (even though one large...ENORMOUS corporation didn't seem to mind erasing that history with the click of a button).

  3. I guess this post isn't nearly as fun even though politics gets people fired up.

    I can't remember my comment, but I think it was something where I was asking who I needed to buy Dr. Mario for if they were unable to afford it..

  4. "I was asking who I needed to buy Dr. Mario for if they were unable to afford it..."

    Don't worry about it. If a gamer can't afford it, Nintendo will send them a bill for it. If they don't pay the bill, well, it will be auto-deducted from any future Club Nintendo totals even if they don't want it.
    Nintendo has this covered...I'm just wondering what section of the internal company code this will go in? PPACA is put in the IRS code.........................................................................................................

  5. As someone without health insurance, is bipolar, has several medical complications, and is one accident or illness away from being on the street, I would go with the Affordable Care Act.

  6. I have Type 1 diabetes, and have health insurance, and can't afford not to have it. We have always paid for it out of pocket though, including when we were both working fast food restaurant jobs, barely making minimum wage.
    Insulin is not cheap. Blood sugar supplies are not cheap. Pump supplies are not cheap.
    The Affordable Care Act does nothing to address health care costs, and it doesn't give out free health does require you to pay for it though, so how does that benefit you?

    If you don't currently have insurance, but under the Act you are supposed to have it or get fined (the amount and the level of income isn't exactly clear on this yet), then how does that benefit you?

    Just because they label it "Affordable" doesn't mean it is, kind of like the Patriot Act...doesn't make it a Patriot.

    Cost is the main problem, not that there isn't enough health care and people can't/don't get it, but the costs are continuing to go up and this act doesn't address that.

  7. I realize it doesn't pay for it. Please stop talking down to me all the time. It's getting annoying, and I'm just going to stop coming here if you continue to do so.

  8. Well, that's what I don't understand though, if you don't currently have health insurance, and this bill doesn't pay for it, how does this bill benefit you?

    It's an honest question, because as someone with a health care issue, and insurance premiums that go up each year, I don't see how the bill makes insurance/health care more affordable.


Keep the comments clean. Rated "E" for Everyone. :)


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...