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Mario Maker Originally Conceptualized as Mario Paint Title

by Danny Bivens - June 17, 2014, 1:31 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Takashi Tezuka

Nintendo's Tezuka reveals some interesting tidbits on the origins of Mario Maker.

Before becoming Mario Maker, Nintendo originally intended to make a Mario Paint title on the Wii U leveraging the GamePad, Takashi Tezuka revealed to us in an interview.

It isn’t clearly stated whether or not the idea was anything more than a concept, however. Tezuka stated that partway through, he changed his mind to create Mario Maker. Ultimately, he felt that creating Mario courses is a lot easier than drawing and easier to get into for gamers.

Tezuka went on to say, “So what I particularly like about Mario Paint is that it’s not just about drawing. It’s playing with the software itself and having fun with it as you draw. So I wanted to take those fun, clever little things from Mario Paint and implement them in Mario Maker, so it’s a lot more than just a course editor.”

Internal Mario course editing tools were another source for the creation of Mario Maker. While the tools used at Nintendo are a bit too complicated for most gamers, the tool team at Nintendo created a prototype that they felt would be enjoyable for players. The focus of Mario Maker is to allow gamers to create and then instantly edit and go back and work on the courses.

Mario Maker is scheduled to release on the Wii U in 2015. You can read our hands-on from E3 here. Also be sure to check out footage of the game below.


AVJune 17, 2014

Good with the art academy games on Wii U and DS I really don't feel like mario paint is relevent anymore, but I do hope they don't make the game too simple. I want ability to place invisible blocks, bean stocks, pipes that take you places , several different types of baddies.

Mop it upJune 17, 2014

Probably a better idea than just another Mario Paint.

They could have two versions of the editor. One would be "basic" and be more simple like the example we saw, and then one could be "pro" and allow for a huge amount of options for people who want to go more in-depth.

The2ndQuestJune 17, 2014

Most people used Mario Paint's stamps and animation to simulate NES games anyways, so this is a natural progression. Plus, going by the trailer, they seem to have kept the awesome Flyswatter mini game in it.

All it's missing is the music composer.

StrawHousePigJune 18, 2014

Quote from: The2ndQuest

All it's missing is the music composer.


Actually a sound sequencer would make me want this title.

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