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Design Your Own Gameboy Games with GB Studio

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GB Studio

Do you ever want to make your own Gameboy Color game? Do you have no experience or know how of programming? Well, let me present to you GB Studio. GB Studio is a free program from developer Chris Maltby that will enable you to build a Gameboy or Gameboy Color game even if you don’t know anything about coding or making games. Once it’s made, you can then create a ROM file and play the game on your chosen emulator or you can go online and play!

Here’s a TL; DW from GB Studio’s page:

  • Visual game builder with no programming knowledge required.

  • Design your graphics in any editor that can output PNG files e.g. Photoshop, Tiled, Aseprite.

  • Example project included getting started right away.

  • Make top-down 2D JRPG style adventure games.

  • Build real GB ROM files which can be played in an emulator or on a device using USB Carts.

  • Build an HTML5 playable game that also works on mobile and can be deployed to any web server or uploaded to Itch.io.

  • Built for macOS, Windows, and Linux.

  • Supports both macOS light and dark mode.

  • Includes the full tools that were used to build Untitled GB Game, free to play on Itch.io.

A quick warning to those excited to try this out is pointed out by RetroRGB, who explains:

“One thing to keep in mind is that while many of these types of programs seem like they are great tool for beginners, they never really mention a very important fact; which is that you’ll need to be a pixel artist, or know one that is willing to create a world of assets on demand.”

If you don’t have any pixel artist friends, I’m sure you can find some assets online such as opengameart.org. There are some limitations as to what you can do with the game, but it is not a huge issue for beginners.

GB Studio can be installed on Linux, macOS, and Windows.

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