Update: The physical edition of Colors Live, sequel to the beloved 3DS digital art hit Colors! 3D, is now available at select retailers. You can get your hands on it from stores like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart for $49.99.
Original Article (Thu 27th May, 2021 21:00 BST): If you didn't secure a copy of Colors Live when it popped up on Kickstarter last summer, don't worry – a physical retail version is headed our way later this year.
Last year's Kickstarter saw the return of the 3DS's popular digital art software on Switch, but this time it came bundled with new features and a cool SonarPen that plugs into the Switch's headphone jack and uses audio to draw on the touchscreen. It's clever stuff, and at a considerably lower price point than most professional digital art packages, it's no doubt tempting for Switch-owning artists.
Previously, it was only available as a digital download code (the pen was shipped to you separately, of course), but this new physical version gives you a pretty box to add to your shelf, too. It'll be available at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart for $49.99.
· Colors SonarPen – A pressure-sensitivity pen providing a natural painting feeling with fully customizable stroke thickness and/or opacity.
· Colors Quest – Brand-new game mode where players complete daily challenges by painting on a set theme with various rules. Designed for beginners and masters alike, users will get to see how their painting skills improve by completing these challenges.
· The Colors Gallery – Nintendo Switch players can upload their creations to Colors Gallery, a community sharing hub which has received over four million painting uploads and counting. Follow friends and talented artists and share Colors Live creations with the world.
You can still pick up the digital version right now if you don't mind missing out on the physical case; the retail version is due to launch in September.
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I'm no artist, but this is pretty cool for the people who are.
I got this for my 6 year old son. I tried it out beforehand and decided the interface was too complicated for him to use, so I haven't shown it to him. Maybe in a year or two he would be able to use it.
the pen it comes with might be very good for Splatoon and Animal Crossing
But can I get a stylus and the digital version?
That's.. huh.. honestly kind of tempting.
I'm still waiting for my pen from the kickstarter. It's been an unfortunate time for overseas shipping to my country it would seem. I'm still hoping it gets here eventually, but I'm kind of not counting on it.
This looks awesome. I'm definitely keen. And where is Art Academy at?
@CodyMKW : It's a pressure sensing pen, so I would say not.
Nintendo's official stylus (available on its own and with Brain Training, and Super Mario Maker 2 at launch) works great. I've been using the official stylus with Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle as well, which would not have been anywhere near as enjoyable without it.
Yeah I put my order in a week ago when the physical version was announced. My daughter will love this.
@Not_Soos It might work (dunno) but a regular stylus would lack that special feature of pressure-sensitivity, which their stylus achieves via a connection through the headphone jack.
@Silly_G Same for Nintendo's stylus of course, it doesn't connect to the headphone jack either.
Hmmm color me intrigued.
This can get a normal release, yet we have to contend with endless limited physical printings of so many highly desirable and popular titles. It's infuriating.
(Nothing against Colours Live, I'm sure it's good. Nice to see unique titles like this get a regular release)
A lot of "color" related posts today.
I'm not clear - is this 'code in a box' physical, or proper physical?
There are many other things I'd rather spend $50 on than this.
The tech that goes into the pen is really cool and deserves a story on its own. Instead of simply being pressure sensitive, it sends different audio signals into the mic jack of the Switch depending on the pressure applied. It's a creatively brilliant work around. I wish I could draw because I'd pick this up just to mess around with the pen, but considering stick stiggly looks better than anything I could draw I'll unfortunately have to pass.
... Or will I?
It makes the most sense until you see the price tho.. you’ll get alot more from a tablet that has applications with more advanced tools and a larger interface
I completely missed the bit about the stylus needing to be plugged in to the headphone jack. How bizarre and brilliant.
@gcunit : I don't see why it wouldn't be a proper physical release (otherwise it would have "Game Card Not Included!" disclaimers all over the packaging).
I loved messing around with Colours on 3DS. But mostly just because of the 3D effect. This might be cool for illustrators but without a gimmick, it's not something I can justify.
@CodyMKW the stylus will work with any game that uses the touch screen, and works on any device with a capacitive touch screen.
pressure sensitivity is only supported in colors!live on the switch, and a small number of android and iphone apps.
if you're using it without pressure sensitivity you do not need to plug in the cable.
@Not_Soos if you buy through store.colorslive.com you get digital with stylus, if you buy it through the eshop you get digital without stylus.
@gcunit the version sold through various retailers will be a switch game box with cartridge and with the stylus attached in a bubble.
a "digital" bundle on store.colorslive.com gets you a digital code through e-mail, and the stylus in a fancy cardboard box.
@alwaysasn the "gimmicks" of this version are the included stylus(which also works in some android and iphone apps with pressure sensitivity, as it doubles as a regular sonarpen!) and the quest mode that lets you take on a drawing challenge every day and get a private score based on feedback from other users.
The little Wii homebrew that could. Seriously, it's a pretty cool journey the dev of these games has gone down.
Hrmm. Still, a no-go for me and my poor arthritic fingers. But I can see how that could be fun for someone who likes to draw!
I backed this because I used to enjoy the original homebrew version of Colors on on my DSphat and DSlite quite a bit!
The sonar pen doesn't fully capture the neat feel of the pressure sensitivity, as it was built in to the screens of the first two DS models, but it's a LOT better than having no sensitivity at all. :v
@Eel You should contact their support - https://www.colorslive.com/contact. Perhaps they could help you out.
@Pod and you know this how? did you get one already?
Yes, I backed the project on Kickstarter and received the software with the Sonarpen last year.
@minamiyama Thanks I did, they were very nice about it, and decided to send me another one! They'll be using a safer shipment method, so it should most definitely get here. Can't wait to try out the pen.
You can also purchase the physical version in the UK (looks like it releases on 24/09) despite NintendoLife only giving US sites and prices for whatever reason.
This is a fantastic game for kids.
❗I might get this JUST for the SonarPen🖋 alone...
I've had this for quite a while now as I was a backer. Overall it's good: the nub on the sonarpen is a bit unusual and I personally preferred the 3DS version because the resistive touch screen made drawing feel better (so not the devs fault), but it's nice to draw on a bigger, HD screen with Switch.
I want to get this game and then watch “the joy of painting” episodes and try to paint along with Bob. I’ve heard this is somewhat possible with some of the brushes used in the game. I really hope it is.
@Perryg92 @Pod Hi guys, I have a question for you. Based on the tools/brush types and the way painting works, I’m curious to know if you can duplicate the Bob Ross “wet on wet” style of painting? I’d like to try and do some of his episodes of Joy of Paintint with the game if it is.
I remember the 3DS version of this, which let you create layers to give your image some 3D depth.
@AG_Awesome I personally would say maybe no, but with the blending/transparency tools available on Colors I guess you could try to emulate the look. But the real thing with real paints would be better to duplicate Bob Ross.
I found someone's done a landscape drawing with Colors:
Is that the kind of thing you'd like to draw?
Maybe good to check out the colors site overall to get a vibe of the art you can create.
This is the kinda stuff I have drawn (on 3DS) but alot of the features are the same if not more options on Switch.
$50!? That is a massive ripoff wtf
i'll have it next friday. i'm so happy for this
@NikHogan with 50$ you have the sonarpen included. i think that it's a very good price
Unfortunately, the materials simulation is not that extensive in this software.
You won't be doing any wet-on-wet, and even getting a brush to feel like a pencil or a piece of charcoal isn't very intuitive. In that regard, it's much more similar to Photoshop, than it is to say, Art Academy.
@BananaMetallurgica i got a pack of 6 similar stylus pens for my tablet (which is also capacitive, and works on switch) just for $10. I doubt the game is worth $40 when higher quality art software like autodesk sketchbook is free, without ads, and software like procreate is $10, and has more options. this is a ripoff, plain and simple.
@NikHogan sonarpen is better that apple pen and for only 35-40$. sonarpen + colors live 50$ is so cheap. if you are good with your stylus and not interested in sonarpen, you can buy colors live fron eshop for 30$. you can't criticize the price if you are not interested in sonarpen. and this is colors live.... with a lot of lessons, test and missions, not a draw application
@NikHogan no way you got a smart stylus 6-pack for $10.
the sonarpen is a smart stylus with extra button and pressure sensitivity.
a sonarpen is $25-$35, a wacom smart stylus is $45.
So confirm that I can buy this digitally and they will ship the pen to me? How long does that usually take?
@BananaMetallurgica i wasnt talking about apple pen. i use android tablets. so i dont have procreate, but i do have autodesk sketchbook.
@Qwertyninty i think the pen will arrive in a week or 2 if you order just the pen or a bundle with the pen on colorslive.com
the eshop version does not include the pen.
most retailers can do same or next day delivery if you buy the physical version with stylus.
@NikHogan thats mainly for the sonar pens being around $35, since it allows pen pressure on devices that usually wouldnt have it
@AG_Awesome The New Art Academy on the 3ds was much better for that translation of Bob Ross-style work. along with [a] well-thought-out lesson plan.
Besides the resistive style screen, there was a button (Dpad option) in the 3ds colors live that allowed pressure sense changing between firm and soft.
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