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Mario Paint is an educational game that allows anyone to create simple pictures, paint over black and white pictures, or free draw their own using the specially developed SNES Mouse. The player can also create their own piece of music using a selection of notes and themes, create greeting cards and animations, or play a game of "Gnat Attack", where they use the mouse to control a swatter to swat flies.


Mario Paint SNES Various types of brushes can be used to paint with
Mario Paint SNES My favorite feature is this music editor where you can place symbols on a standard C scale, it's easy and fun to use and you can include the music you create in your animations
Mario Paint SNES The animation editor is easy to play around with
Mario Paint SNES Lots of different shapes can be used

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Mario Paint Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "マリオペイント" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The Greatest Non-Game SNES Game Ever. Guy Chapman (1997) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro Aug 02, 2018 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1992 33 out of 40 82
N-Force Oct, 1992 82 out of 100 82
1UP! Mar 16, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Retro Game Reviews Mar 16, 2017 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80 May, 2004 7.8 out of 10 78
Power Unlimited Jul, 1993 7 out of 10 70 Jul 30, 2009 14 out of 20 70
Nintendo Land 2003 69 out of 100 69
Defunct Games Jan 06, 2014 C 50


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The Nintendo Mouse and hard plastic mousepad were included with most copies of this game.

Homestar Runner

Mario Paint was the medium of choice for the very first Homestar Runner cartoons, long before Flash. A primitive Mario Paint made introduction video can be found in the museum of the site.

References to the game

One of the sound staff from Mario Paint, Hirokazu Tanaka, later went on to work on Earthbound. You can hear some sound effects and musical instruments used in both games.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • October 1992 (Issue 39) - Game of the Month
Information also contributed by Andrew Fraticelli.

Related Web Sites

  • Mario Paint Composer (A clone of Mario Paint's music composition software has been made for Windows and OSX and is distributed for free by developers unFun Games.)
Kartanym (12706) added Mario Paint (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002