DS users to recreate masterpieces

The latest DS title aimed at non-traditional gamers will be a digital colouring book featuring some of the greatest artists of all time. For once, it's Europe and not Japan which will be getting a zany DS self-improvement style title. Not brain training, or skin-care, or even face training, the...

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The latest DS title aimed at non-traditional gamers will be a digital colouring book featuring some of the greatest artists of all time.

For once, it's Europe and not Japan which will be getting a zany DS self-improvement style title. Not brain training, or skin-care, or even face training, the latest subject to hit Nintendo's portable will be painting. Paint by DS is a "digital colouring book" featuring paintings by famous artists including Hokusai, Cezanne, and Van Gogh.

Wannabe artists will wield their DS stylus to mix oil and water-based paints to create different colours and consistencies and then get painting. There will be 15 colouring-in challenges and a series of mini-games themed around famous artworks.

Paint by DS will be released in Europe on August 24, priced at £19.99/24.99 euros, co-published by Mercury Games and Ertain BV, as part of the Zen Series aimed at non-traditional gamers. Additionally it will launch in the US in the fourth quarter of the year and ship with two limited editions, one which includes a paint set, and one a "paint book."

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ZoSo1975
ZoSo1975

Nintendo thinks outside the box again; it is this type of risk-taking on non-traditional gameplay mechanics and styles that has them making such a huge turn-around after being third-fiddle for so long.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

-Yeah, cant wait for any kind of paint software for the DS

FearNeutron
FearNeutron

Yuko. Agreed. The DS is the PERFECT system for a reincarnation of Mario Paint. I'm still surprised it wasn't a launch title, and pretty sad that it hasn't even been mentioned yet.

veni-vidi-vici
veni-vidi-vici

whoa - mix it to different ratios and consistencies?? insane.

DeathgiverX
DeathgiverX

Lame idea, if I wanted a coloring book I would not own a DS, now give me Photoshop DS and then we are talking. They could even make a transfer cable so you could take your work wherever.

Azhar85
Azhar85

DS is the most suck handheld games compared to the PSP...in term of design and graphics....i'll didn't know why peoples goes to buy them....even i am sony haters but i'll also know between a good choice or a bad choice...

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

overachiever92 "That might be kind of fun, but you really can't sell something that just sets you to mixing colors. At least not for more than $10, the most a very casual artist (read: average DSer) would spend on a few paints, a brush and some paper." Even if you buy cheap brushes in a pack, that's going to run you about 5 bones, any kind of decent paint will cost you 5+ dollars per color, and even just cheap watercolor paper will cost you 12+ dollars for a pad. As an artist, I think this is a GREAT way to start beginners off, to help them build confidence in something that really isn't taught at all in this country. Now if only somebody could devise a brain training game for the right hemisphere of the brain, maybe base it on some of Betty Edwards "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", and other materials.

LION90
LION90

cough cough boring...cough cough....

rickykemp
rickykemp

Hokusai?! YES! i love the Japanese wave picture.

dhalsim311
dhalsim311

i like paint on my computer just fine

darthzew
darthzew

I'm sorry, but that's just stupid. Really, I don't see the Mona Lisa being painted onto the miniscule DS screen. I like Nintendo, but is it me, or this "original, new stuff" campaign getting stupider and stupider?

Saphire_Kitsune
Saphire_Kitsune

That sounds kind of cool, though I'm not all that great with drawing with the stylus...

Jerian
Jerian

Suck, if I want a PS3 with the Emotion Engine I have to get one now? Sony bites. Honestly I might not get one now as backward compatibility is huge for me as I have so many PS2 games.

oliver_475
oliver_475

This is exactly y i have artrage 2 at home (look it up)

Unkillable
Unkillable

It reminds me of the Crayola game, I wonder if it's going to be like this one...

faithnomore311
faithnomore311

"Or...you could actually paint, instead of spending money on this." Look at Guitar Hero's [and II and III and Rock Band...] success, and countless people were saying the same thing: "Or...you could actually play guitar, instead of spending money on this." It's the same deal.

S7ATER
S7ATER

It definitely sounds like it will be a hit for creative minds.

Morning_Lemon
Morning_Lemon

"Or...you could actually paint..." lol... Exactly.

705H1R0
705H1R0

sounds interesting. hopefully they have some sort of freeform mode. to those of you saying to not buy the game and just go paint for real, it's really difficult to paint in a car. Even harder on a bus. Painting isn't generally considered an "on-the-go" activity.

Slash_out
Slash_out

a7xfan7 Or...you could actually paint, instead of spending money on this. ------ Or not. It's way more convenient. No tools needed. No space required. if you want some time to play with that it's perfect. And it's probably cheeper than buying most of the stuff required, or at least at a somilar price. The only thing is I still won't pay 20$ for that :p. Let's just hope that the game is polished enough...

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

i really can't see this working, i've tried to make good drawings on pictochat when i first got my ds and it is very hard, so unless it is just colouring in....

jem_gal
jem_gal

i'm getting this game! lol i wanna feel like van gogh, i hope there's frida in there too.

astro64th
astro64th

I actually think this is a cool and fun idea! I love coloring books but rarely actually color. I don't even have any crayons . . . I should buy some! :P

Kalex007
Kalex007

" At least not for more than $10, the most a very casual artist would spend on a few paints, a brush and some paper." Not even close. "Canvas, easel, paints, brushes, etc. can run you over $100 just to start. " Much Closer. Actual cost of oil painting: Bare bones Easel $70, Bottom of the Barrel Brush $6, Basic Paints $4 PER color, Stretched Canvas $15, Liquin $12. Total: $115, and that's using crap for materials- ideally, you'd want at least 4 quality brushes, a dozen paints and a palette to mix the paint instead of old, dirty newspapers. Of course, this game is in no way meant to REPLACE oil painting, but for $24.99 it sounds interesting and fun.

diablobasher
diablobasher

I want Bob Ross Painting on DS and Wii!!!!! PLEEEEAAASE!!! No, im serious. The bob ross game woulda be awesome.

Simpsonsfan2
Simpsonsfan2

A coloring book? It would be better if it was a canvas painting game, but i still wouldn't buy it (i would draw on the computer program paint).

A7Xfan
A7Xfan

What kids game features paintings by Van Goh? This already sounds interesting. And I've only heardabout 3 or 4 sentences of info.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Paint my love ... you should painnnnnt my love ....

etai79
etai79

"Do you know how expensive that is? Canvas, easel, paints, brushes, etc. can run you over $100 just to start. Plus more than likely one would suck starting from scratch. Here's a fun way to paint." ...lame.

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

Sure, they make a hardcore painting sim, but what about us casual painting game players? ;)

DrMario57
DrMario57

this will fail, there isn't nuff pixels in the screen to make a decent drawing, we all know this because of pictochat, and other such things. Face it.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Sounds good. The game will be a very nice game to pass the time.

Nharia12
Nharia12

It sounds like this is a game that would make a decent rental, but not one you'd want to spend a good chunk of money on and then play it and forget about it.

bigmick07
bigmick07

Sounds even worse than face training

subrosian
subrosian

Why is there no mode for creating your own artwork, rather than coloring someone else's? That's not a lot of paintings, I mean, I get the idea, but a blank stack of paper, some crayons, and a child's imagination goes further than a "paint-by-numbers" kit in terms of entertainment, and that is what this has to compete with in terms of cost as well Just seems like a lot of money for something that wants me to color in the lines. Animal Crossing: Wild World gave us the ability to draw whatever we wanted, and use it as tiles, clothes, and umbrella's - and that was simply a small part of the game, so this just feels kind of like not a lot of content for the money.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

HXCDEW - That was never released. It was simply a proof-of-concept model by an Ubisoft developer for a conference (GDC I think) a few years back.

expert-yeti
expert-yeti

I'll also wait for the review, but games like this often don't have much substance to them; they don't pack your money's worth, if you will.

Lance_C
Lance_C

This looks promising, but I wonder how it actually plays. I'll wait for the GS review.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

If you can paint your own images and send them to your email or friends I am all for this title, otherwise I will leave the glorified coloring book for the kids. (I would use actual paints but oil paints take days to dry and I don't have the space,sigh)

Pete5506
Pete5506

mario paint on ds would be fun

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

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allmybase
allmybase

Indeed, taboo, I also thought of the cancelled Bob Ros game. While some could argue that by being able to paint "true masterpieces" in this game instead of just landscapes, I'm sure this game won't include a man with a big afro whose gentle voice guides you through the process of making the Mona Lisa. Alas, Bob Ross' game, we did not know ye well. This could be interesting, though. I don't expect it to be a blockbuster hit, but it is an unique way of targeting a different audience. Can't say I would have ever had this idea if I was asked to make a "casual" game for the DS.

boobush
boobush

This is Nintendo's plan to buy people from different ages and likings.

Dualmask
Dualmask

I second the vote for Mario Paint revitalized on the DS, perhaps the updated version Nintendo was planning ages ago for the 64DD, Mario Artist I think it was called...

overachiever92
overachiever92

That might be kind of fun, but you really can't sell something that just sets you to mixing colors. At least not for more than $10, the most a very casual artist (read: average DSer) would spend on a few paints, a brush and some paper.

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