The Mario Artist games for Nintendo’s ill-fated 64DD never received a release outside of Japan, meaning that many of us never got to experience them. Well, now you play two of them – without needing to buy the rare, expensive add-on itself – thanks to LuigiBlood’s Mario Artist 64DD English translations for Mario Artist Paint Studio and Mario Artist Talent Studio.
Originally released in 1999 and 2000, there are four Mario Artist games for the 64DD. One of these, Mario Artist: Communication Kit, is technically an application that enabled users to share creations made in the three other titles over Randnet, a now-defunct online service in Japan for the N64.
Created by LuigiBlood, a preserver of Satellaview and 64DD games, these new Mario Artist 64DD English translations provide a 100% translation of Mario Artist Paint Studio and an 80% complete translation of Mario Artist Talent Studio.
They can be downloaded from 64DD.org and played on a flashcart, such as the EverDrive 64, without requiring an actual 64DD (you will, however, need an N64 Expansion Pak). You can also play on an emulator (use the Disk file on the 64DD.org site for this) or even a 64DD development unit if you’re lucky/rich enough; you will need a rewritable blue DD disk to do this though.
Mario Artist Paint Studio enables you to draw paint 2D pictures using a variety of virtual tools, and even animate your creations. You can also explore various 3D environments, instantly switching between different camera angles and changing textures on the fly, among other things.
Mario Artist Talent Studio came on a special cartridges that allows you to imports pictures from external sources such as cameras and apply them to 3D models. Sadly, we’ve not been able to get this to work on our EverDrive 64 as of yet, and so aren’t able to include any screenshots at this time.
There isn’t currently a translation for the third game, Mario Artist Polygon Studio, although the 64DD.org translations page suggests this will come soon.