Tomm’s gushing ode to Mario Paint has made me sad I didn’t discover the game in its day. I assumed it was, you know, just an art program, and that seemed pointless to me. I knew how to draw, and what was the sense in creating art in a medium where nothing was permanent?
The follies of youth.
Sadly, I don’t think most Mario Paint devotees realize that last year’s WarioWare DIY was in fact the game’s spiritual successor. DIY doesn’t really seem to have done too well for itself, and I think that’s because Nintendo was more up-front about its objectives and purpose rather than disguising it as a more casual sort of experience. The irony of that, given Nintendo’s biggest successes over the past half-decade, should not be lost on you.