Creating your own game is something many gamers want to do, regardless of their programming prowess. It is a dream most gamers share. With NESmaker that dream can become a reality, that is if you support this project on Kickstarter. Why wouldn’t you support it?
NESmaker is done, for the most part, but there are some things that the development team want to do that require more money. For one, NESmaker is a little rough around the edges and the development team want to fix those before release. Also, they want to have a few expansions created for the NESmaker which extend the breadth of what developers can do with this dev kit, including a side scrolling module and a scrolling shooter module among others.
NESmaker will offer these things, and more:
- Design sprite graphics and color palettes that are automatically constrained to the NES limitations.
- Create assets with properties and behaviors to give developing for the NES an object-oriented feel, similar to modern tools such as GameMaker and Unity.
- Use a text editor to create text strings for NPCs or other narrative devices your game might have.
- Create *special screens* like start screens, end screens, menus, maps, and more.
- Customize AI
- Set initialization parameters (items obtained, player strength/defense, starting screen, etc) for easy testing.
- Use the base engine to create adventure games, basic RPGs, basic platformers, basic brawlers, and several other types of games.
- Assemble with one click for testing in an emulator.
- Flash to cartridge in one click for play on actual hardware.
Stretch goals will add a platformer, role-playing game, brawler, and scrolling shooter module. These modules can be further edited by the user to do new things. They mention on their Kickstarter page that the scrolling shooter module could be edited to create an endless runner game (please no), or combine modules such as the platformer and the base “adventure” module to create a Metroidvania style game (yes please). That is rather interesting that modules can be combined and tweaked to work together to create new genres that may not have been intended with the original module(s).
Want to make your own NES game? Click over to Kickstarter and back NESmaker and help make that dream happen.