Nintendo announces Game Builder Garage for budding programmers

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Nintendo has announced Game Builder Garage, a new programming game launching on Switch on June 11 for $30.

If you like designing games, you’ve probably heard of Dreams on PS4, but Game Builder Garage looks like a more beginner-friendly version of the programming genre, of course with all sorts of typical Nintendo quirks.

“For anyone who’s ever wanted to make their own video games, Game Builder Garage is the perfect place to start,” says Nintendo CEO Nick Chavez. “Through the use of guided lessons and memorable Nodon characters, Game Builder Garage helps make creating video games as fun as playing them!”

Game Builder Garage includes two distinct modes. Lesson Mode is a guided tutorial that walks you through the process of designing 7 pre-made games including a beacon game, racing game, and maze game with motion controls.

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Then there’s the free programming mode, which lets you go wild with the tools and skills if you’ve learned. The extent of Game Builder Garage’s toolkit is unclear, but the trailer above shows off some pretty basic stuff, like assigning actions to the d-pad and customizing obstacles.

Like Super Mario Maker, you can share your creations with friends locally or on the Internet, and you can check out other people’s games in the same space. You can also switch to free programming mode on other people’s games if you want to see how well they’ve done something.

Finally, to simulate the feel of creating a game on a PC, you can plug a mouse into your Switch dock’s USB port and navigate the software that way. Don’t get too excited though, as there’s no mention of keyboard support in the press release.

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