With A Little Programming, You Can Make Your Own DS And 3DS Games

By Spencer . May 4, 2011 . 11:02am

imageSmileboom made the ultimate DSiWare download for homebrew fans. Petit Computer adds the computer language BASIC to the Nintendo DSi and soon the Nintendo 3DS.


After you download the program you can write loops, draw graphics, and create sounds to make your own video game. Petit Computer includes tools like a character graphic tool and a background scene tool to ease users into development. Games made with Petit Computer are saved to an SD card and can be exchanged online.


Below are clones of Pong, Arkanoid, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Snake.


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It is possible to make games with more advanced graphics like WizFight (left) and Shoot! (right) too.


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Petit Computer costs 800 DSiWare Points ($8) and is available now on Japan’s DSiWare Store. SmileBoom will release an updated version for the 3DS when the 3DSWare store goes live at the end of May.

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  • Sounds cool but no doubt this will get shut down the second someone remakes Super Mario Bros or Balloon Fight

    • Code

      Anything like this is usually covered under creative freedom, especially where the user isn’t making a profit from it. It’s basically no different then people making SMB stuff in Littlebig Planet in that instance. Plus given DS’s infrastructure, I doubt anything made with it could be duplicated.

    • lol they wont get shut down, nintendo are the ones who let this thing get published in the first place

      games studios only need to worry about the user generated content breaching copyright if they host the files on their servers

      thats how nintendo get around worrying about that crap in animal crossing and wario ware DIY, you can only share your mario bros rip offs with a friend code, it is not in some public directory

      also, good luck to anyone trying to code smb in basic on a ds…nintendo should hire that person…

      • I’ve seen a flash version of Super Mario Bros, can’t be much more difficult to code

        • even if basic and actionscript were the same in terms of complexity just the thought of coding on a three inch screen without a keyboard makes me lol hard

  • malek86

    Imagine the C64 games that could be made on this. Some of my favorites too! Everybody needs to play Aztec Challenge at least once.

    • LastFootnote

      Mmm…Jumpman. I wish they’d just release it on the Virtual Console like they did in Europe, though.

  • Clicked because I thought the sprite on the front page was Adol

    Left pleasantly surprised anyway

    • Ladius

      I did exactly the same, after creating Adol in 3d dot Heroes and Cladun pixel editors with redhead swordsmen will never be the same XD

  • four_black_hearts

    Hope we get this!

  • Darn DSi ware -_- and Basic uh?…

  • doomspeller10

    If somebody were able to hack the 3DS with this app, I’d LOL really hard.

  • I thought this was a great idea until I saw the onscreen keyboard. It’s not going to be a good experience attempting to tap out code at about a line a minute on that thing.

    It would have been a much better idea to present buttons with each possible keyword at any given moment, so if you’re starting a new line of code you’d see “PRINT”, “INPUT”, “POKE”, “FOR”, “DO”, “WHILE”, etc. buttons and as you press buttons the context would determine which buttons are available.

    • Maybe that keyboard for the DS Pokemon typing game will be compatible with this :P

      • TanyaRei

        it wont, the card has a bluetooth radio built in

    • necrosex

      off topic, but i love ur profile pic Tim Dean. zelda 2 <3

  • EvilAkito

    Certainly neat, but I think that with the combination of a low-res screen and a touch-screen keyboard as your sole peripheral for typing code, it would be very cumbersome to actually do anything cool.

    • Hey, now we know what to do with the Battle & Get! Pokémon Typing DS keyboard!

      • TanyaRei

        the card has a bluetooth radio built in though. its a good idea but theyd have to build drivers for the game card into the dsiware app

  • damn i wish it was c++ oh well. he stole my idea for a dsiware title. very cool nonetheless! =D

  • Hours

    I want this in English.

    • TanyaRei

      ive been asking the devs via their twitter page but so far ive gotten no response

  • make homebrew games,nice

  • rojardenzo

    Thanks fr sharing the information with us. It will really best thing to do with Nintendo DS if you are not want buy new Nintendo 3DS. This is really cool stuff to do.


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