An enduring legacy of the DS, 3DS and Wii U in future may well be the use of their resistive touch screens for impressive drawing apps. The Art Academy franchise is front and centre in this respect, giving gamers the tools to express themselves through art or to take tentative first steps in learning how. It's a refreshingly creative way to spend time on our Nintendo systems.

The Art Academy Events community on Miiverse is used to run regular contests in which Wii U owners are invited to submit themed artworks using Art Academy: SketchPad. The results are often impressive, and the most recent competition was themed on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, one of the cutest and most charming games on the home console.

The winners simply earn posterity, but we thought we'd share the latest batch to brighten our day. The winners range from being genuinely impressive to others that get full marks for effort, though the image of Toad smiling as he appears to drown in a stew is - to us - slightly alarming. In addition, game Director Shinya Hiratake's Mii appears to be puckering his lips to kiss the winners in his category, which is a tad bizarre.

Anyway, the full set of 20 winners is below. Enjoy!

Gold Award Winner

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Silver Award Winners

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Bronze Award Winners

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Director's Choice Awards

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MariChan Choice Awards

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[via miiverse.nintendo.net]