Game Builder Garage is a Game Making Game for Nintendo Switch

Game Builder Garage is a Game Making Game for Nintendo Switch

A great introduction to game development.

LizardRock by LizardRock on May 06, 2021 @ 10:21 AM (Staff Bios)
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Theres a special sense of excitement in watching something you made come together. Now Nintendo is looking to encourage that on the most basic scale. Introducing Game Builder Garage.

Game Builder Garage, as the name implies, is video game creation software for the Nintendo Switch. Designed with an easy-to-understand interface, its meant for people of all ages and levels of experience to dive into game development.



It works using a system called Nodons. Styles as cartoon characters, the player connects the various different Nodons to each other, allowing the functions they perform to combine and connect. One example given was the joystick Nodon, which sends a signal whenever the user moved the joystick. By connecting that to the player movement Nodon, theyve now set it so that the joystick moves the character.

This system is actually very similar to real-world game development programs that use nodes, such as the Unreal Engine. Giving inspired folks the right start toward a career (or hobby) in game development is exactly what Nick Chavez, Nintendo of Americas Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, believes the game is good for.

For anyone who has always wanted to make their own video games, Game Builder Garage is the perfect place to start. Through the use of guided lessons and memorable Nodon characters, Game Builder Garage helps make creating video games just as much fun as playing them!


The game (do I call it a game?) also comes with a collection of tutorial systems. This will guide the player through the various aspects of programming logic, helping them become familiar with both the Game Builder Garage interface and game development on a greater degree.

Dont worry about graphics or audio, either. There will be a collection of both to choose from that snap into whatever youre working on.

Heres a fun little kicker. The game supports using a computer mouse. When the Switch is docked, you can plug a mouse into the dock USB port and use the software that way. Mice are a more accurate, conducive way to navigate the node system. So were glad they added it.

Game Builder Garage launches for Nintendo Switch on June 11 in Nintendo eShop for $29.99.

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