So here’s something you probably weren’t expecting. Out of nowhere, Nintendo just dropped news about a brand new title that’ll be coming to the Switch. It’s called Game Builder Garage, and as the name implies, it’s a game that’ll help those who play it make games. Think Super Mario Maker, but a lot more capable.
We’ve sifted through the trailer for the game, and picked out everything you should know before Game Builder Garage arrives. So without further ado, here are all the important details.
The release date
Those interested in Game Builder Garage don’t have very long to wait. The trailer for the title dropped on May 5, 2021. The game launches on June 11, 2021. That is a pretty short window from announce to release. That may speak to how Nintendo views the product: as something more niche that not everyone is going to run out and buy. Otherwise, it might’ve received a bit more promotion prior to its arrival.
According to Nintendo, Game Builder Garage will be more of a budget title when compared to Nintendo’s other offerings. At a price of $29.99, it’s half as expensive as a new copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Again, this is more evidence that Nintendo views this as a product that isn’t going to appeal to absolutely every Nintendo fan. If you’re more of a game player and not as much of a game maker, this is something you might skip out on.
What to know
The promise of Game Builder Garage seems simple on its face: “Anyone can be a game programmer,” as the trailer says, if they’re given a simple, straightforward tool for building those games. GBG appears to boil things down to the basics, offering tutorials to help budding game developers learn the ropes.
As soon as they can grasp the fundamentals of what Game Builder Garage is capable of, then the game will send them off to tackle projects that are as complicated as their hearts desire. Some of the games featured on the Nintendo website include a sort of “tag” platformer game, a puzzle game that uses motion controls to steer a ball around obstacles, and a racing game. That’s quite a bit of variety, which means the potential for what players can make seems pretty far reaching.
I personally am looking forward to this! Especially since it appears you’ll be able to share your creations with friends via Nintendo Switch Online. Stay tuned for more news on this title as it comes in. It’s possible Nintendo will have more to say before its June 11 release date arrives.