Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mario Paint is alive and well!

Before Nintendo's release of Mario Paint back in 1992, I never knew how much fun digital animation could be. I had done quite a few claymations and flip books, but never had I animated anything digitally. Even to the neglect of games that I claim as my favorites (Zelda, Super Metroid, Mario World, etc.), most of my early SNES days were spent slapping flies, making animations, and writing music.

While I've not touched the SNES mouse in nearly 10 years, it looks like a music teacher from New York City has been hard at work. I recently stumbled across a forum saying that TomBobBlender was featured in issue 218 of Nintendo Power for his unique little corner of YouTube. Tom has redone some classic video game music using Mario Paint's music creator. Above is my favorite (Robo's Theme from Chrono Trigger), but follow the link below to check out the rest. The Theme from Dr. Wily's stage from Mega Man and the Tetris Atacks forest stage theme are both pretty awesome renditions also. Heck! Tom just does a great job on all of his creations. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to see that Mario Paint is still alive and well, 15 years after its initial release.