We all love playing video games, and many of us have probably wished we could make our own, but felt we lacked the ability and know-how to do so. Enter Game Builder Garage, the new user-friendly programming game from Nintendo.
Learning something new is like gaining a real-life power-up, and Game Builder Garage helps even the most novice of creators understand the basics of visual programming in a fun and interactive way.
To celebrate the release of the retail version of Game Builder Garage, Nintendo Players UK are launching NPUK Creator Camp, giving budding creators in the UK and Ireland the chance to make a game, have it be played and critiqued by a panel of judges, and ultimately showcased in a slickly-produced Nintendo Direct-style video presentation.
If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, you can book your place at NPUK Creator Camp by clicking on the link at the bottom of the article, and completing the sign-up form.
...but first, let us tell you a little more
Step 1. Create a game
Create a game using Game Builder Garage for Nintendo Switch. The game can be any genre, and can be small or large, or as simple or complex as you’d like it to be. A simple idea done well is just as worthy, just look at Tetris!
Entries should be wholly original, and should not copy from, or be based on pre-existing titles or franchises.
An ‘alpha’ version of your game should be submitted by Sunday, 7th November.
Can I try the game out first?
Game Builder Garage requires no programming knowledge to use and learn, but if you still aren’t sure, there’s a free downloadable demo available from Nintendo eShop containing helpful interactive lessons
I want to enter, but I don’t have a copy of the game
If you are serious about submitting a game for NPUK Creator Camp, but lack the software, we may be able to provide you with a free copy of the game. Please contact Hubble#6903 on Discord.
Step 2. Critique
From Sunday, 7th November, a panel of judges will appraise all submissions, and issue feedback, tips, and advice, before all submissions continue further development.
Step 3. Showcase
Creators should aim to complete development on their games and submit them by the close of Sunday, 5th December. Finished games will then be lovingly showcased in a slickly-produced, professional-looking, Nintendo Direct-style video presentation.
Complete the sign-up form to officially book your place in the Game Builder Garage: NPUK Creator Camp program. Sign up here > here
Please note, an alpha version of an original game must be submitted before 7th November, so we will not be allowing sign-ups, or submissions beyond that date.
Competition organised by Anthony Haigh
Written by Anthony Haigh and Paul L. Russell
Graphics by Paul L. Russell
Original Concept: Luke McWilliams