Ever wanted to make your own NES game but don’t know how to code? Worry not as NESmaker has been fully funded on Kickstarter, which means that it is more or less going to be a reality.
The development tool allows you create your own NES style game without ever needing to write a single line of code. NESmaker will even compile the game for you to test in an emulator to make sure your Retro game is all ready to go.
NESmaker is a software tool for creating brand new, hardware playable, cartridge based games for the Nintendo Entertainment System…without having to write a single line of code.
Currently, what can you do with NESmaker?
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.
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.
Although the software has already hit its funding goal, there are still a couple of stretch goals that will make it even better. So if you are interested, do head to their Kickstarter page here to support them.