VO: Get ready for your semi-regular dose of random ideas from the guys at Codelation. We like to talk about big ideas companies that are winning, and those that aren't along with current events in our crazy world of software startups. So come along with Erick and Josh, who challenge you to think big, start small and turn your ideas into something on this episode of, from idea to done.
Josh: Hey everyone, I'm Josh.
Erick: and I'm Erick and today's idea is, is Dr. Mario is still amazing.
Josh: Oh, this is a bit of a sore point for me. So I'm, I'm not sure a backstory to that as my wife always beats me at the original Nintendo version and she doesn't even think about where to place the pills. It's frustrating. So I'm not sure if it's still amazing. You've got to tell me. Yes,
Erick: It's amazing. As app developer nerds, it's kind of our job to review new apps and our boys and Nintendo released Dr. Maya world app. And I downloaded it last week and I actually, I'm pretty excited about it.
Josh: Interesting. I did not know that.
: Yeah, no. Big loud nerd. So we'll get into the history of Dr. Mario a little bit. We have to hop into DeLorean and go back to the good old 1990. I was seven. I recently moved to a new town and I was a new kid on the block, listening to new kids on the block on weekends. If I was good, my parents would take us to a video rental store because blockbuster. Yeah, that was a thing back then. And that would be the first time I played Dr. Mario.
Josh: Yeah, I remember playing it back then as well. Somehow I was better as a nine-year-old than I am as a fully functioning adult. What were your thoughts on Dr. Mario back then?
Erick: I absolutely hated it. And so Nintendo fooled me into spending $3 of my hard earned chore money on a game that had Mario on the cover, but it was definitely Tetris. Don't put Mario's face on something. If I'm not going to be able to fight Bowser, especially when the last thing you put Mario's face on was possibly the greatest game of all time. Super Mario three Marketing people are like the worst.
Josh: Yes they are. Mr. Marketer, super Mario three. That was the one with the raccoon tail. Is that
Erick: Man, raccoon tail Mario was like the best thing in the world.
Josh: I at least, I at least have my nerd credit for another day. So what are your thoughts now on the new version?
Erick: A few years later, you know, with the introduction of GameBoy to the marketplace, they had a version of Tetris on that system and I learned to enjoy puzzle games on many road trips and our sweet Ford Aerostar van. Now as a puzzle game enthusiast, I give Dr. Mario world enthusiastic thumbs up. Josh, do you have the app?
Josh: Well, I made you read a book and you had me download this app. That's fair. Honestly, two things jumped out at me. Okay. The pills are going in the wrong direction and you only need three in a row to clear the virus. So obviously there's no regard for historical accuracy.
Erick: We'll be back in may D we hedged to make four colors match before the group would disappearing gravity work like it was supposed to. Now you get it.
Josh: None of this disregard for physics. I mean, seriously.
Erick: All right. Overall review?
Josh: For the one level I played, it's better than getting beat by my wife at the original Nintendo version.
Erick: Well, there you have it. If you like wasting time on your phone before bed, or if losing to your spouse in a puzzle game is infuriating. I would recommend downloading Dr. Mario world. Thank you and Nintendo.
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