Launching next week on Nintendo Switch is SmileBASIC 4, a programming application that lets you play and design your very own games on the console.
Using its very own 'SmileBASIC' programming language, the tool is said to be easy to understand even for beginners. It includes various materials and tools to help you jump into development and, once you're done, you can upload your finished games to the server for others to check out.
An earlier edition of the app actually made its way to 3DS a few years back - we were pretty impressed with it at the time - and this new release seems to expand upon that quite significantly. Check out this lengthy feature list if you're interested:
- High speed and powerful programming language "SmileBASIC 4" is installed
- Supports high-resolution display of up to 1280x720 and 16.77 million colours
- 2048x2048 huge graphic screen
- Drawing commands such as lines, circles and fills
- Compose with a full range of sound commands
- Make full use of Joy-Con features
- Supports various Toy-Con
- USB keyboard and mouse can be used
- Useful trace function for debugging Extensive materials, tools, and samples that support programming
- Guide for program beginners
- Equipped with keyword completion function in the command help and the editor
- Lots of characters and background images that can be used in various scenes
- More than 100 sound effects and more than 40 background music
- Smile Tool (SE and character number can be confirmed)
- Paint Tool (drawing characters and backgrounds, creating animations)
- Simple sample programs to learn BASIC
- Technical samples for checking execution results for each command
- Game samples that show the actual game structure Share your works with users around the world
- Publish your works to the server with icons and descriptions
- Easily download works published by other users
- Evaluation function that allows you to send "Like" to your favorite works
- Favorite works can be registered in the top menu and started immediately
- Download "SmileBASIC" Nintendo 3DS version of public programs
Here's a closer look at some of the screens you'll be working with:
It'll be available to download from the Switch eShop from 23rd April for £19.99 / $24.99. It may well be worth a look just to play other user's creations, never mind making your own games.
What do you think? Are you intrigued by this one? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.