Ever wanted to play the Mario Artist games, but don’t understand Japanese? Well now you can enjoy Mario Artist Paint Studio and Talent Studio in English, thanks to new translation patches.
Best of all, you don’t need the expensive and elusive 64DD add-on to play them.
Both Mario Artist 64DD English translations are the work of LuigiBlood, a preserver of Satellaview and 64DD games.
The translation for Mario Artist Paint Studio is 100% complete, whereas Mario Artist Talent Studio is only 80% finished. You can find both translations at 64DD.org.
If you want to play these games on an original console then you will need a flashcart, such as the EverDrive 64. You don’t need a 64DD unit either – but you must have an N64 Expansion Pak.
You can also play on an emulator (use the Disk file on the 64DD.org site for this).
And if you’re lucky enough to own one, you can even play both translations on a 64DD development unit. However, you will need a rewritable blue DD disk to do this.
What are the Mario Artist 64DD games?
Originally released in 1999 and 2000, there are four Mario Artist games for the 64DD:
- Mario Artist Paint Studio
- Mario Artist Talent Studio
- Mario Artist Polygon Studio
- Mario Artist Communication Kit
Mario Artist Communication Kit is technically an application. It enabled players to share their creations from the three other titles over Randnet, a now-defunct online service in Japan for the N64.
Mario Artist Paint Studio enables you to draw or paint 2D pictures using a variety of virtual tools. You can also animate your creations.
The game features various 3D environments you can manipulate. For example, you can instantly change the textures of objects.
Mario Artist Talent Studio originally came on a special cartridge with audiovisual connectors.
As a result, you can imports pictures from a camera and apply them to 3D models in the game.
There isn’t currently a translation for the third game, Mario Artist Polygon Studio. However, the 64DD.org translations page suggests this will come soon.