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Nintendo Releases Dr. Mario World for iOS and Android

The game was first teased in February and a full trailer was released in June.

"Dr. Mario World" introduces Mario and his friends as doctors with special skills. Players can purchase optional items for the game from the app.

In the game, players must deal with viruses by combining capsules to form a set. Each stage has a limited number of movements, in a formulation reminiscent of the very popular mobile game "Candy Crush Saga". Things warm up to more advanced levels when players face obstacles and new cards.

Although the game is free, Nintendo offers a real revenue opportunity with its new game: the integrated purchases for "Dr. Mario World" range from 1.99 USD to 69.99 USD.

Nintendo is increasingly interested in mobile games, having initially preferred to launch the games directly on its own consoles. His success has varied: his greatest hits have been "Pokemon Go", "Super Mario Run" and "Fire Emblem Heroes". "Super Mario Run" is loosely adapted from the original console.

Pokemon Go is a resounding success. The game, which debuted in 2016, generated more than $ 2 billion in revenue and has been downloaded over a billion times, said Niantic President, John Hanke, at a conference at the Game Developers Conference in March. Niantic collaborated with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company on the game.

But the popularity of "Super Mario Run" has collapsed. He only reported $ 90,000 last month.

Nintendo is not only focused on mobile gaming, it is also creating new mobile gaming devices. Earlier, Nintendo announced Switch Lite, a smaller and cheaper version of its Switch gaming device.

The Switch Lite is designed to be exclusively portable. This means that he can not connect to the TV as the switch. It has built-in, non-removable controllers. It will cost $ 199.99 and will be released on September 20th.

– Shannon Liao from CNN Business contributed to this report.

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