Petit Computer (DSiWare)

Game Profile

A fun and easy-to-use tool for creating your own BASIC programs.

Petit Computer is an easy-to-use programming tool that lets you create everything from music, to images, to your very own original games using an adapted version of the classic BASIC programming language. Whether you have experience of BASIC, or are a complete novice, you will find that Petit Computer will give you the skills you need to create your own programs. You can select commands and run programs using the Nintendo DS Touch Screen, and you can even share your creations via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, allowing you to collaborate with other users.

You can also create special QR codes containing your programs that other users can scan using their Nintendo DS system camera. Petit Computer is a perfect companion for anyone who has ever wanted to delve deeper into the world of computer programming.

Game Review


USA USA Version

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Massive potential, minor headache

There are few better places to learn programming than within the BASIC family — heck, it's in the name — which offers general-purpose, relatively simple environments in which to learn the ropes and concepts of coding. Petit Computer is a powerful...

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User Comments (36)



Joygame51 said:

I cannot wait for this ! I can remember actually playing with Basic to make games .... this is going to be soooooo much fun to play with again!



EaZy_T said:

This DSiWare title sounds great!

I used BASIC a little on the C=64 in the 80's. I hope the BASIC on Petit Computer would be somewhat similar to that. I still have some old programs written down around here somewhere...



SyFyTy said:

I will buy 4 copies, one for each Nintendo handheld I own so I can always dabble on the go... I am very psyched for this one. I was the only one in my class that passed Basic, everyone else failed it. I had though it would have been the other way around... boy was I surprised.



ejamer said:

I was looking for some more information, and found out there is a full suite of editors for PC/Mac in case you don't want to do your work on a virtual keyboard all the time. Cool!

Some other links of interest:

Can't imagine this application appealing to a large segment of the DSi/3DS gaming population, especially given the amount of effort required to create anything. But I think it's awesome. Day 1 buy for me.



SkywardLink98 said:

I dunno if I'll get this, because I have a short attention span and tend to only finish small projects.



Gioku said:

OMG, must get this! I've been wanting to learn BASIC, but I haven't had the time or a program that would allow me to work with it. This will give me both!



grumblegrumble said:

Yeah, this isn't real basic. At least I don't think. The basic I wrote with as a kid was a little less user friendly. lol



Morpheel said:

There's more than a version of basic.

Anyways, I'm having a lot of fun with this little app, I'd recommend it to anyone.



Wilford111 said:

ANYONE? Even those with zero programming experience? lol I really want to make sure this won't be a waste of money... it's up there at $8.



EaZy_T said:

Definitely fun to re-learn some of the commands I've forgotten after all these years. I found a couple of my old programs, but the POKE command don't work.
I wrote a dumb little number guessing game and have scanned a few off the Japanese site (some very good examples of what PetitCom can do there).



MofieWilson said:

I used to play around with BASIC as a kid on my Acorn - back when I thought I could actually be a game designer. Love to take it up again....and then maybe one day...who knows?



Joygame51 said:

Why on earth is there not a DECENT TUTORIAL on Smileboom basic in english yet ?????



gargom said:

@Gioku hey, i just read your comment about petite computer. I'm in the same boat as you; i just downloaded petite computer hoping to learn the ropes of basic programming and am finding the included instructions less than helpful do you know of any guides or walkthroughs for the commands that might help a newbie? Thanks



stephaniepona said:

read 8 chapters of C++ for dummies, have a commodore 64... I've always wanted to program my own RPG and this is as close as I've been. No there isn't a little birdie who walks u though a tutorial but the help guide is just that (helpful). u could do as I did and print all the info u aren't familiar with for quick reference. If u know the book, "Gardens of Imagination"... u should have no prob. with this!!!!



Kit said:

I cannot get this because I'm in the UK... that is just not fair



GraphicGenius said:

Programming? I love this app. I'm making a game with over 1000 lines of coding and I'm going to send it to all my friends.



Victoria said:

It's taken over a year for this to come out in the EU after it came out in NA. Shesh!! I don't even remember which friends of mine were using it, it's been that long since anyone has talked about it.



jdhs7 said:

I got this finally a couple of months ago. I am working on a program right now. but im still in eighth grade and im having to learn BASIC on my own I work on programs every night it is fun



jdhs7 said:

I finished my program yesterday took 96 lines of code and about 5 hours of work ill post the qr code sometime soon



Petitlife935 said:

good game. im horrible at basic. im good at others such as JavaScript and C++ but im still learning the language. excited to learn



kid_code said:

2015. Satisfaction = none. Come on! A new game for dsi ware came out a month ago. Aaaany way.

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