I remember the good old days (1992), when Super Nintendo was the greatest gaming console, and still is according to me. One of my friends had very… different game at that time, Mario Paint. With the game you got a computer mouse, specially made for the SNES and this game. Mario Paint was a compilation of games/applications. The big selling point and … point of the game was to paint. But there was another application we spent much time with and was a bit ahead of its time, a music composer. Through a simple interface and pre-recorded sound clips we could create our own goofy music tracks. It was a fun game, but I didn’t became a great music composer from it.
But now I’ve discovered this old game again. To playing and creating music, rather what others have done and composed with it. A simple search on Youtube on the phrase “Mario Paint”, generate a lot of results. The music composer tool with it sound clips have lived on through many retro gamers who recreated and distributed the application. And there seem to be a lot of fans out there composing remixes of famous songs and tracks, using this tool.
Today, music games have exploded in popularity and reached a broader demographic than traditional games. Guitar Hero and Rock Band are the big giants, and the new big feature they talk about and fans have been asking for new tools to compose songs and make playable gametracks from existing tracks. This is nothing new. In this aspect Mario Paint was way ahead of its time. Maybe not that advanced or realistic as many people would want, but it sure sounds cute. It wonderful to see how creative and passionate people are with this 16 year old tool, both to create their own tracks (sometimes with musicvideos created through… Ta dah! Mario Paint!) and making covers on big hits. The good old days.