Colors Live Kickstarter Lets You Make Art on your Switch

Published: June 4, 2020 3:56 PM /


Colors Live Kickstarter cover

More than a decade ago, a game designer and programmer named Jens Andersson made this neat little game for the DS called Colors! that let you make neat drawings using your stylus. Now, a Colors Live Kickstarter has arrived for the Nintendo Switch — and it looks like it's making gangbusters.

Check out the Colors Live Kickstarter trailer to see all of the cool things that you'll be able to do with this game when it launches:

Simply put, this is a super neat game that, much like its predecessor on the DS, will allow you to use the Nintendo Switch for digital art. The software is only half of the package, though — a brand new pressure-sensitive stylus is the key to making this game work well.

"Many people have asked me to bring Colors! to Nintendo Switch," Andersson states in the Kickstarter campaign. "However, I didn’t really want to do that, unless I could make a better version than Colors! 3D. Without a pen, I would have to rely on finger-painting which is not something I think is very fun."

The stars aligned just over a year ago when a Hong Kong-based friend contacted Jens about a neat little pressure-sensitive pen device that he was working on. The pair worked together on the Colors SonarPen, a third-party input device that comes bundled with the game and gives you a much better drawing experience than a stylus that lacks pressure sensitivity features.

Colors Live Kickstarter pens slice

What Do You Get in the Colors Live Kickstarter?

If you're keen on drawing on your Switch, then Colors Live might just be the perfect game for you. If you do decide to pledge to this Kickstarter, what will you get in return?

"The Basic Bundle" pledge tier gives you everything you need to play the game for around $40 + $11–$12 shipping anywhere in the world. This will include a digital code to download the game from the Nintendo eShop and the Colors SonarPen peripheral. If you'd like to step things up with a bigger pledge, you can get access to the game's beta on PC and even choose a special color for your pen!

One important thing to note is how the Colors SonarPen works — it doesn't use Bluetooth or a battery for power. Instead, the stylus (seen above) makes use of a wire to connect to your Nintendo Switch's headphone jack.

This campaign has made more than seven times its intended goal and it shows no signs of stopping, but you still have time to pledge! Check out the Colors Live Kickstarter for this upcoming Nintendo Switch game and consider picking up a copy of this revived classic. You have until June 12, 2020, at 8:54 AM to make your pledge!

Did you ever play Colors! on the 3DS or any of the other versions? Do you think the Nintendo Switch would be good for digital drawing? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nintendo Switch
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October 24, 2020 (Calendar)
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