Famed Nintendo producer Takashi Tezuka has revealed that the recently released Super Mario Maker was almost a Mario Paint game. The talented team initially wanted to make a revamped Mario Paint title for the Wii U that fully utilised the Wii U GamePad, but at the same time they also wanted to use the Super Mario Bros toolset. In the end they concluded that Super Mario Maker would be a better idea than another Mario Paint title.
“Originally we wanted to make a Mario Paint game, using the Wii U GamePad,” says Tezuka. “And that was where the idea originally started, but at the same time, we wanted to take the Super Mario Bros. toolset that we use to create the levels, and we wanted to move that toolset over to the Wii U GamePad to make it easier to create the levels with the touchscreen.”