Mario Artist: Paint Studio

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Mario Artist: Paint Studio
Mario Artist: Paint Studio coverart
Developer Nintendo EAD
Software Creations
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo 64DD
Release date Japan December 11, 1999
Genre Creative
CERO:CERO rating A - All ages
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Nintendo 64DD:
Magneto-optical drive
Nintendo 64:

Mario Artist: Paint Studio is a Japan-only game released on December 11, 1999 for the Nintendo 64DD, as part of the Mario Artist series. It was one of the only games released for the system and was never popularized as a result.

Mario Artist: Paint Studio worked like the earlier title, Mario Paint, in that players used different paint tools to draw images. Frequently bundled with the Paint Studio was the Nintendo 64 Mouse controller, which made painting on the game similar to painting on a computer. The player can play a slideshow of their images with music. Pictures of some other Nintendo characters could be used and manipulated on screen, and additional images could be imported from an RCA source using the capture cartridge or a Game Boy Camera. It also came with a unique four player drawing mode where four players could collaborate to make one drawing together. It is possible to create short animations with this game, 35 frames long. The player can explore three 3D worlds- Mars, Underwater and Dinosaur Land (not to be confused with Dinosaur World) The player can travel through these environments and take pictures of the creatures who inhabit it. This feature is said to be similar to Pokémon Snap.

Prototype "Gnat Attack"[edit]

The version of Gnat Attack in a pre-release build of Mario Artist: Paint Studio.

An early prototype build of Mario Artist: Paint Studio was found and preserved in June 2020. This build of the software features a fly-swatting game, similar to Mario Paint's Gnat Attack; it was completely removed in the final product.[1][2]



Transfer Pak[edit]


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Main article: List of Mario Artist: Paint Studio staff


  • Mario Artist: Paint Studio is the only Nintendo 64DD game to use the Transfer Pak; by using the Game Boy Camera.


  1. ^ Hard4Games (June 20, 2020). N64 DD Blue Disk Found | Mario Artist: Paint Studio Prototype. YouTube. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  2. ^ LuigiBlood (June 20, 2020). Mario Artist Paint Studio (1999-02-11 Prototype) - Gnat Attack Showcase. YouTube. Retrieved June 20, 2020.