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Mario PaintThat bastion of half-truths, Spong, believes that Nintendo is currently at work on a revival of the Super NES creativity "game" Mario Paint for the Nintendo DS.  You might remember Mario Paint as the game pak that shipped with the Super NES mouse, a peripheral most remembered for coming packed in the same box as Mario Paint.  *cough*  Now there's talk that a DS update is in the works in which artists can share their creations via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and even - dare I say it? - a Nintendo Revolution Mario Paint sometime in the future.

While North Americans have to reach back to 1992 to get a little Mario Paint fix, Japanese Nintendo 64 64DD owners might remember the Mario Artist series, a collection of "games" in which artists could create rudimentary 2D and 3D art as well as simple animation and music.  The rumor now is that Nintendo could revisit that idea, releasing multiple DS titles under a Mario Paint (or Artist) banner.  I'm intrigued, but I have to admit that I never did much with Mario Paint back in the day.  I wanted it just to get the Super NES mouse (which never went on to be used with much of anything notable).  It would take something amazing to get me to buy into a new version of the program.  How about a simple 2D or 3D game engine so I can play around with creating my own video games?