Mario Paint is a video game that was released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in mid-1992. The game came packaged with the little known SNES Mouse, which was used as the main method of input. Because of this, the game's packaging was larger than normal. Today, the most popular game included within the game is the Mario Paint Composer, which allows players to compose their own works of music using a wide range of different notes in the style of Mario characters, items, and objects—ironic since the primary part of the game is the paint program which is in a similar style to MS Paint. This game also recieved a Player's Choice award.
The main premise of the game, as aforementioned, is the paint program. Here, you're able to draw all sorts of images in a similar style to Microsoft Paint or Apple Works. This was done via the SNES Mouse that came packaged with the game, making it even more similar to computer paint programs.
Players are also allowed to color in pre-made images using the different available colors (of which there are 30 in total). A stamp tool, which mainly included Nintendo characters, allowed the player to place stamps on your images and create your very own game scenes. You're also able to make your own stamps and place them in your images if none of the available stamps fits your need.
In the game's music composer, there are a total of fifteen different sounds that can be placed in your song, each one having different tones depending on where you place them. These sounds include the following -
- Mario - Piano (Normal)
- Super Mushroom - Drum Set & Tom Drum
- Fire Flower - Horn (Normal)
- Star - Xylophone (Normal)
- Baby Yoshi - Yoshi's sound from Super Mario World. (Normal)
- Game Boy - 8 bit tone (Normal)
- Dog - Bark
- Cat - A Meow (Normal)
- Pig - Grunt (Normal)
- Face - Little Kid Sound
- Boat - Kettledrum & Other Types of Drums (Sometimes Cymbal)
- Boo - Acoustic guitar (Normal and kind of sounds like Face)
- Plane - Acoustic guitar (Normal)
- Heart - Bass (Normal)
- Swan - String hit (Normal)
- Car - Organ (Normal)
- Piranha Plant - Tuba
- Coin - Ding
- Shy Guy - Strings
Gnat Attack is a mini-game that came included with Mario Paint. In it, you use the mouse to move a virtual fly swatter around the swing and press to swat at the gnats that fly around. The more gnats you kill, the better the score you get. A remake of the game was included in WarioWare: Touched! , WarioWare D.I.Y., and Super Mario Maker, where rather than using a mouse you just touched the flies with your stylus
In addition to create works of art, the player can also create their own songs in Music Mode. Using a set of stamp icons to represent different instruments. The game has three default songs, the Super Mario Bros. Main Theme is one of them.
- BGM Setting-The player can choose one of the backgrounds (no music) to accompany them as they paint or draw.
- Mouse Speed- Mouse speed allows you to choose the speed Slow, Medium or Fast
- Save/Load/Coloring Book- The game can save only one canvas at a time, and it can be brought back up by using the Load option. Coloring Book has four default black and white canvases.
- Frame-Gets rid of all the upper menu and lower menu options.
The Gnat Attack game was included in WarioWare: Touched! for the Nintendo DS and , though rather than using a mouse you used the touch screen. Shigeru Miyamoto stated in an interview the similarities between Mario Paint for the SNES and Wii Music for the Wii - there is really no way to loose, but at the same time plenty of room for improvement. The developers of the video game WarioWare D.I.Y. for the Nintendo DS have stated that the primary influence of the game was Mario Paint. Goro Abe, one of the principal designers, said that he would spend countless hours designing things in the game that would ultimately lead him to become interested in becoming a video game designer.
This game was placed 29th in Nintendo Power's 100 Greatest Games of All Time in 1997.