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Game Builder Garage

Building your own game just got a little bit easier with Nintendo’s Game Builder Garage, set to release for the Nintendo Switch on June 11, 2021. With this new software, kids and parents and everyone in between can have fun learning to create and share their very own video games.

By connecting colorful creatures called Nodon, anyone can enjoy learning how to create their own game through fun, guided lessons that cover the basics of visual game programming – and no prior experience is necessary. There are dozens of Nodon in Game Builder Garage, each with a unique function, and you can learn how to build games just by connecting them in various ways. For example, you can create and move a human-like character with an analog stick just by connecting Stick Nodon with Person Nodon.

“For anyone who has always wanted to make their own video games, Game Builder Garage is the perfect place to start,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “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!”

Game Builder Garage features an assortment of game modes, including Lesson Mode and Free Programming Mode. In Lesson Mode, Nodons will lead players through step-by-step interactive visual lessons at their own pace. In Free Programming Mode, players can put all their skills to the test and make their own creations. Players can also exchange and download games with friends and family over the Internet or via local wireless connection. This includes being able to go into Free Programming Mode to see how levels others have uploaded were created.

While the game can be controlled with a Joy-Con controller, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller or the controls of the Nintendo Switch Lite system, you can also build games using a compatible mouse that is plugged into the USB port on the Nintendo Switch dock. This control option might be easier for people who love the feel of a mouse when navigating the software. Those using the Nintendo Switch Lite may need additional accessories.

Game Builder Garage launches for Nintendo Switch on June 11 in Nintendo eShop and on Nintendo.com at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.