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Hidden as an extra, Mario Paint Composer was one of the first software creations to meld music creation with game. It’s been a novelty favorite among 8-bit fans — not really a serious tool, but a curiosity nonetheless. But that requires a copy of Mario Paint. Now you can get the Mario-infected goodness on your Mac or Windows machine, free. (Thanks, Wally!)

Mario Paint Composer [unFun Games]

The Mac software link is broken, so here’s a direct Mac download link (thanks, Hunter!)

It’s not really about Mario Paint Composer the tool, though. For some strange reason, this creation has inspired endless musical oddities, uploaded to YouTube. Witness, for instance, a somewhat randomly-chosen musical cue from the TV show Lost. (Composer Michael Giacchino’s work is lush and brilliant, missing out on the Oscar this year for Ratatouille. Here, however, in 8-bit glory it sounds like a theme from a B-grade action adventure game for SNES. I’m fairly sure I was lost in a jungle playing that at one point.)

The pièce de résistance?

Mario’s rendition of John Cage’s 4’33".

If you have any source of stress this weekend, any difficulty sleeping just keep watching … Mario … run …

All is well.

I wonder which compression codec they used to upload the sound to YouTube? The silence is really pristine — almost sounds analog.

178 responses to “Free Mario Paint Composer for Windows and Mac; Mario Does John Cage”

  1. dead_red_eyes says:

    Haha, I love the 4′33" cover. Looking forward to giving this a go this weekend. I used to love messing around with this years ago when I still had Mario Paint and my Super Nintendo.

  2. hunter19 says:

    Hi MAC afficinados

    if you want to download the MAC version, use this link
    http://www.unfungames.com/mariopaint/mariopaintco
    as the link on the website points to the PC version as well

    Regards

    hunter19

  3. Adrian Anders says:

    Awesome. Mario Paint was my very first introduction to music sequencing. I remember taping a composition I made for a school art project. It was one of my fondest memories of my elementary years.

  4. peter says:

    also the program comes with all the samples, so you can mangle it in a "real sequencer"

  5. Peter Kirn says:

    @gwenhwyfaer: Nope. Nope it's not. Fixed.

    @peter: brilliant! Presence of the samples definitely makes this worth downloading…

  6. Techbot says:

    4’33” in 51 seconds!!!!!!! oh what is the world coming to?

    4’33” LE ???

  7. Ryan says:

    Does this still have that popup ad built in when you close the program? I used to play around with this but decided to just use an emulator with the actual mario paint game instead, since it didn't have any unwanted advertisement.

  8. gwenhwyfaer says:

    Er, is that last link (“almost sounds analog”) supposed to be pointing to http://createdigitalmusic.com/wp-content/themes/cdm/images/nav_link.gif ?

  9. BirdFLU says:

    klangfreud's link works, hunter19's does not (forgot the r on composer).

  10. (noou) says:

    Mario rocks! er..

  11. shaaac says:

    @Ryan there is still a popup advertisement. It's quite annoying.

  12. lola says:

    hey this pretty cool 😀

  13. bunnygal_69 says:

    Mario Paint 8-bit?? I thought Super Nintendo was 16-bit???

  14. bunnygal_69 says:

    Super NES was 16-bit not 8!!!!

  15. Aidan says:

    If you want to bring in all your old Mario Paint 1x songs all you need to do is copy your prefs folder from version 1 into this folder.

  16. Hobo says:

    This is a great way to make music and learn.

  17. ynno says:

    i like mario walking on music emoticons

  18. Sora says:

    ……………….COOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!

  19. Sora says:

    go to unfun.ney and click download on the the top

  20. Tobi's A Good B says:

    How do make notes sharp/flat?? I REALLY need to know this, so please HELP!!!

  21. erik says:

    I packed up the soundfont in a reason refill. http://www.synthesizers.se/2009/03/24/mario-paint

  22. Wow says:

    wow, you guys asking for a download sure are genius.

    If you read the article, maybe you'd see that there's a link to the website in it already.

  23. Helzo says:

    COOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!:-D

  24. how says:

    how i make "b" and "#" on mario paint

  25. Swamp says:

    Yo, how! To make flats(b) you hold ctrl and then enter the note, to make sharps(#) you hold shift and then enter the note.

  26. dbob says:

    well to make a sharp you hold down shift and make a note and for a flat you hold down control. and for the people who keep getting script errors, it is when you click somewhere or perform an operation that the program didn't account for in its programming, and therefore it erases your entire file. it sucks because there is no way to get your file back that i know of yet. you just have to not use that file again and make a new one=[

  27. drumboy1313 says:

    I downloaded this and extracted the files. But it says that some movie playlist thing not located. someone help?

  28. blabla says:

    warum geht es bei mir nicht???????????'

  29. orochimaru1236 says:

    I downloaded this and extracted the files. But it says that some playlist thing not located.

  30. fofa says:

    so cool

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  31. michael says:

    I'm your guy! I wanna download it but it has an error and i can't close it! WTF somebody help!

  32. blabla2 says:

    why cant i play it?

    i have windows xp

  33. ian says:

    I Love That Song.

  34. hunter says:

    i would like to freakin try it

  35. Cyndaquil says:

    PLZ TELL ME HOW TO CHANGE THE NOTES BLAHHH

  36. Cyndaquil says:

    I WANT TO PLAY DIFFERENT SONGS

    PLZ TELL ME HOW TO CHANGE THE NOTES

  37. hunter says:

    why

    i dont know but thats cool

    holy crap

  38. hunter says:

    im 9 years old and i know how to make music

  39. hunter says:

    stupid game wont let create songs i love this game

  40. bryce says:

    It says that there is a player script error.Can you tell me why it says that?

  41. Melanie says:

    Is there a way I can copy my song to a CD? I wrote something as a part of a school assignment and I need to get it to my teacher.

  42. yeah on another computer i downloaded this game it said "100%virus free", 2 days later i got a virus on the computer.I have a new

  43. …computer i did a virus check an there wernt any LOL

  44. no name says:

    this download sounds fail

  45. Script Error says:

    I already have Mario Paint Composer 2.0 on my Mac, it's awesome! I'm having some trouble with opening the program after using it the first time. Initially, it works great (other than the script error message that I click to start the program), but once I close it, I can't open the program again by clicking the script error message. My crappy solution has been using the zip file to open a "new program" every time I want to play. My stuff I've saved always works, but it's still annoying. Is anyone else having this problem?

  46. jamster545 says:

    @bunnygal_69 Just because the Main Processor is 16-bit does not mean the sound circuits are. And, a 16 bit device can do 8-bit sound. The SNES had an 8-bit Sony processor used to process sound with a 16-bit Digital Signal Processor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Nintendo_Enter

  47. pingas991 says:

    lol i oughtta make a song named Doraemon

  48. shitman says:

    airplanes suck!

  49. SlipKnoT maggot says:

    Omg i tryed playing it after exctracted the files but it STILL wont work how do i right a script for it…

  50. pingas991 says:

    zomg who has that downloaded

  51. D says:

    How do I upgrade it to 2.0?

  52. jlo says:

    how do you get mario composer

  53. Googoodollmader says:

    Dood this is so cool. I considered putting all my creations on YouTube so I think all you guys should look for them. One is the thriller by mike j. Farewell mike!

  54. Googoodollmader says:

    If you want a cool icon get a gravitar! Weirdo

  55. Nooferdog says:

    The Windows version is broken. I download it and then when I try to run it I get an error that says something about an .ini file being missing.

  56. […] creation tool – Reason, my nostalgia would get the best of me and I would mess around on Mariopaint composer, a little program which recreates the music making experience of Mariopaint with a few extra […]

  57. JEZRAEL says:

    looking to his painting i found it that in every stroke of this brush has a unique character.

  58. JEZRAEL says:

    looking to his painting i found it that in every stroke of the brush has a unique characteristic. i nerve saw it before.

  59. looking to his painting i found it that in every stroke of the brush has a unique characteristic. i nerve saw it before. i was good.

  60. don says:

    i can not download this the error is i must sominthing first instal i do no what that is

  61. Tanor Faux (scythe) says:

    It wont let me run it. It says i'm missing the .INI file =/ and i really want to play this, is there another good download that has everything it needs to run? If not, i'm going to causing lightning strikes to every house till I do >:D lol juskiddins

  62. Someone says:

    Hey guys please send me a Email:

    Where can i download that editor?

    thx

  63. Someone says:

    i mean for a composition

  64. Sam says:

    Can some1 help me i dont no wat im doing wrong when i download it i download it run it then click on it and it says theres an error

  65. I hacked it with cheat engine lol now the tempo goes like 999999999 that what i put for the value lol

  66. tcrxt says:

    Mario does battle Poe too.
    http://micr0lab.org/mu0l_0038/

    An epic battle between Mario paint composer, NRJ Kellogs Mix master and the IXI softwares…

    Yours,

    T C R X T

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  68. Krys says:

    How do I do Mario paint?

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  70. Spongebobandy11 says:

    it keeps saying script error

    • Ocket8888 says:

      You may have taken the application out of its native folder, try putting it back in the folder and creating a new shortcut.

      • Theoinboxer says:

        same thing happened to me. i don’t know what you mean though.

        • Darknaviroguez2 says:

          Basically, put all the original files in their previous places. If you don’t know where they were, re download it.

    • Informer Kalz says:

      Make sure your song doesn’t have punctuation or dollar signs or brackets in it’s name

  71. Spongebobandy11 says:

    it keeps saying script error

    • Ocket8888 says:

      You may have taken the application out of its native folder, try putting it back in the folder and creating a new shortcut.

      • Theoinboxer says:

        same thing happened to me. i don’t know what you mean though.

        • Darknaviroguez2 says:

          Basically, put all the original files in their previous places. If you don’t know where they were, re download it.

    • Informer Kalz says:

      Make sure your song doesn’t have punctuation or dollar signs or brackets in it’s name

  72. Spongebobandy11 says:

    it keeps saying script error

    • Ocket8888 says:

      You may have taken the application out of its native folder, try putting it back in the folder and creating a new shortcut.

      • Theoinboxer says:

        same thing happened to me. i don’t know what you mean though.

        • Darknaviroguez2 says:

          Basically, put all the original files in their previous places. If you don’t know where they were, re download it.

    • Informer Kalz says:

      Make sure your song doesn’t have punctuation or dollar signs or brackets in it’s name

  73. Jonte says:

    you have to go to the zip-file. open it and start it from there

    • Informer Kalz says:

      Actually, it doesn’t work. You have to put it into a normal folder. Or else, the famous line of the unfortunate events of this game: Script Error! Continue?

  74. Jonte says:

    you have to go to the zip-file. open it and start it from there

    • Informer Kalz says:

      Actually, it doesn’t work. You have to put it into a normal folder. Or else, the famous line of the unfortunate events of this game: Script Error! Continue?

  75. Jonte says:

    you have to go to the zip-file. open it and start it from there

    • Informer Kalz says:

      Actually, it doesn’t work. You have to put it into a normal folder. Or else, the famous line of the unfortunate events of this game: Script Error! Continue?

  76. Scorpio says:

    i dont have zip-file

  77. Scorpio says:

    i dont have zip-file

  78. Scorpio says:

    i dont have zip-file

  79. Zane says:

    No music???

  80. Zane says:

    No music???

  81. Zane says:

    No music???

  82. Faithis1 says:

    do no download

  83. Kkliniewski says:

    omg there is no music

  84. Kkliniewski says:

    omg there is no music

  85. Kkliniewski says:

    omg there is no music

  86. Christina says:

    how can u download it?

  87. Christina says:

    how can u download it?

  88. Christina says:

    how can u download it?

  89. Robotgamer00145 says:

    Hey that’s cool

  90. Robotgamer00145 says:

    Hey that’s cool

  91. Robotgamer00145 says:

    Hey that’s cool

  92. Harrisontucker63 says:

    imma mac user is it on mac too??

  93. Harrisontucker63 says:

    imma mac user is it on mac too??

  94. Harrisontucker63 says:

    imma mac user is it on mac too??

  95. Daniel says:

    Hello My name Is Daniel. And I want to Play Mario Paint

  96. Stupid says:

    Hello Stupid Thanks For Playing

  97. THE MAC LINK IS BROKE!!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. THE MAC LINK IS BROKE!!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. videofindersTV says:

    THE MAC LINK IS BROKE!!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. Poop says:

    says something of win23

  101. Poop says:

    says something of win23

  102. Poop says:

    says something of win23

  103. Leroy95 says:

    fuck off

  104. Leroy95 says:

    fuck off

  105. Leroy95 says:

    fuck off

  106. Stupidbuttfacegirleatsunicorns says:

    Script Error.  Continue?

    *Yes*

    Script Error.  Continue?

    *I said, Yes*

    Script Error Continue?

    *No*

    Scrip Error Continue?

    *Grrrrr.  WHY U NO WORK???*

  107. Stupidbuttfacegirleatsunicorns says:

    Script Error.  Continue?

    *Yes*

    Script Error.  Continue?

    *I said, Yes*

    Script Error Continue?

    *No*

    Scrip Error Continue?

    *Grrrrr.  WHY U NO WORK???*

  108. Stupidbuttfacegirleatsunicorns says:

    Script Error.  Continue?

    *Yes*

    Script Error.  Continue?

    *I said, Yes*

    Script Error Continue?

    *No*

    Scrip Error Continue?

    *Grrrrr.  WHY U NO WORK???*

  109. I just want to play the game without downloading it! FOR GODS SAKE

  110. I just want to play the game without downloading it! FOR GODS SAKE

  111. I just want to play the game without downloading it! FOR GODS SAKE

  112. Peejhon says:

    fuck

  113. Peejhon says:

    fuck

  114. Peejhon says:

    fuck

  115. CiaranCantSwim says:

    Mine is a ZIP folder? Why won’t it work?

  116. CiaranCantSwim says:

    Mine is a ZIP folder? Why won’t it work?

  117. CiaranCantSwim says:

    Mine is a ZIP folder? Why won’t it work?

  118. buttercat says:

    not amused

  119. buttercat says:

    not amused

  120. buttercat says:

    not amused

  121. Fetusturtles says:

    has anyone heard the get lucky mario paint version on youtube?XD Way too cute

  122. Fetusturtles says:

    has anyone heard the get lucky mario paint version on youtube?XD Way too cute

  123. Fetusturtles says:

    has anyone heard the get lucky mario paint version on youtube?XD Way too cute

  124. Evan Bobby greg says:

    I downloaded it and it fucked up my laptop. even the nod 32 antivirus went Crazy. where can I get it without it fucking shit up?

  125. Evan Bobby greg says:

    I downloaded it and it fucked up my laptop. even the nod 32 antivirus went Crazy. where can I get it without it fucking shit up?

  126. Evan Bobby greg says:

    I downloaded it and it fucked up my laptop. even the nod 32 antivirus went Crazy. where can I get it without it fucking shit up?

  127. biblioholic says:

    How do you make a sharp or a flat?

  128. biblioholic says:

    How do you make a sharp or a flat?

  129. biblioholic says:

    How do you make a sharp or a flat?

  130. Chuck Norris says:

    sup bitches
    I’m so manly I don’t need an account

  131. Chuck Norris says:

    sup bitches
    I’m so manly I don’t need an account

  132. Chuck Norris says:

    sup bitches
    I’m so manly I don’t need an account