The Super Mario Maker game for Wii U, which allows gamers to create levels and play others shared by the community, was almost a Mario Paint game.
Speaking to TIME, Nintendo’s Takashi Tezuka said the iconic gaming firm wanted to make a Paint game for Wii U that made use of the touchscreen.
“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.”
However, Tezuka added the Super Mario Makers gamers aren’t using the same tools as developers.
“The tools that we use internally on the developer team for creating levels are much more complicated than what you see from an interface standpoint–our tools use a keyboard and mouse,” says Tezuka.
However, Nintendo hasn’t specified the criteria for players to unlock these tools, but it’s likely to be based around time played or the number of blocks used.