My wife and I recently had the first full-fledged collaborative painting session. Using our two dev-kits, I shared a painting session that she connected to, and we painted together on a single canvas.
While I spent a lot of time just testing collaborative paining to make sure everything functioned correctly, I haven’t really been able to really just play with the feature until now. It might not have been pretty (I can’t really paint, if you didn’t know), but it was definitely fun. We fought over canvas space, painted things behind layers for the other to find and “improved” each other’s creations.
The feature is called “Paint with Friends” and is a local multiplayer feature that supports 2 players. We initially intended to make it a 4 player feature – but then realized that we don’t have that many dev-kits. :) (those things are pretty expensive.) And really, it’s a pretty small screen to fit 4 people onto anyway.
I’m really excited about the collaborative painting feature, partly because I don’t really know what people are going to use it for. Playing checkers? Sending secret messages back and forth? Teaching each other how to paint? You tell me.
Or better yet, you’ll be able to show me, once Colors! 3D has been released. We just implemented collaborative painting playback in the gallery, so here you go. The first real collaborative painting in Colors! 3D.
(Click the image to visit the gallery and see the playback)
Colors! 3D won’t get an exact release date yet until it has passed Nintendo submission. It will be $6.99 in the US eShop and something similar in the European one.