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SNES A Day 69: Mario Paint


Approximate Release Date: August 1, 1992
Genre: Educational
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo

There’s not much to say about Mario Paint.

I went back and forth about whether to cover it here on SNES A Day. Let’s be clear: this is not a game. This is educational art software. There’s a standard paint program, a coloring book, a really confusing animation maker, a stamp creator, and a music studio. The cool part about buying Mario Paint was that it came with a mouse and a mousepad, which was amazing to my five-year-old self. I used that awful mousepad for years.

As one might expect, Mario Paint is very limited in what you can do with it. It’s slow and takes a while to move from screen to screen, and the mouse doesn’t have the precision that modern mouses have. You can save one piece of art, but the act of saving and loading takes forever. There are a number of hidden easter eggs and neat little touches scattered throughout, but on a whole, this feels like it should belong in the back room of a museum.

Mario Paint is a fossil that’s not worth checking out. The music maker is the only part that is cool and interesting, but you can download that for your computer and not even bother with this.

Tomorrow: Get ready to storm some castles in Rampart!

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