A lot of things that originate in Japan stay there, much to the chagrin of the rest of the world. It’s only now that we’re getting Xenoblade for the Wii after such a long time. Much to my excitement, and possibly many other programmers who own a 3DS or DSi, Gamebridge is bringing their Petit Computer app to the western world.
The Petit Computer application allows 3DS and DSi owners to create their own games using the BASIC programming language. The app comes with graphics, sprites, backgrounds, music, what have you so that you don’t have to go through the messy process of creating your own. You can even share your creations with other people. The process requires a SD card and a PC and a SD card reader but if you’re just content with making your own creations then that shouldn’t be a problem. Above is a creation made using Petit Computer.
Petit Computer seems to only be coming to the US so far. Hopefully plans to bring it to the rest of the world will come eventually. Maybe some day we’ll be doing C++ or Java programming on our handhelds. One can only hope.