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Mario Paint - November 30, '00 by Dorsola
Game:Mario PaintCompany:Nintendo
Type:PlatformPlayers:1

Alrighty, SNES lovers! Do you remember this game? Er... well, it's sorta a game... well, it has a game in it... geez, what the heck is this thing doing on a game console, anyway? Okay, the "game" is Mario Paint. It's not really a game. I don't think it qualifies as one... but, well, it's a tool. Let's put it that way. Nintendo made a cartridge for this powerful system, complete with its own controller (the SNES Mouse), that gives you the ability to make pictures right on your TV set. Aimed primarily at children, Mario Paint sports a fairly simple interface that gives you a decent range of drawing and painting functions, combined with a number of cute animations and a reasonable soundtrack to keep things lively. In addition, it does have a little mini-break (denoted by a coffee-cup) where you can swat flies, bees and bombs until you die.
Unfortunately, the concept really doesn't work very well on the SNES. It's pretty slow for most drawing tasks, it doesn't have a great deal of flexibility, it is (of course) low-resolution, and I found it to be rather hard to use - especially since I personally have access to much better tools on my PC. If you have a computer with a decent drawing program, one has to wonder why the heck you'd want to spend time messing around with this program.
Well, it's not a complete loss, I suppose. The little fly-swatter mini-game is kinda fun for a while, and if you're a little kid with no experience with paint programs, Mario Paint does make it a bit more fun. It even includes a rudimentary music composer and animation studio, though both of them are extremely limited in what they can do.
This "game" doesn't really have much of anything in the way of redeeming qualities that I can think of. Again, though, it's meant for your little 8-year-old kid who needs something to do after school. And that's pretty much it for this Review.
Graphics
4
4
Sound
Play Control
5
3
Challenge
Replay Value
1
4
Performance

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