As someone who learned programming on a ZX Spectrum, BASIC still holds a place in my memories as being an incredibly easy language to learn.
Gamebridge think so too, because they’ve announced that their Petit Computer, a BASIC programming language for the Nintendo DSi and 3DS, will be heading west – the package is already out in Japan.
Petit Computer features sprites, background screens, eight channel music, sound effects and touch screen input, and ships with loads of pre-loaded graphics and audio for you to use.
You can also share your creations by exporting the code to an SD card and converting it into a QR on your PC. It’s a step or two too many, but the application can create some impressive stuff – see the Outrun clone above.
As far as I can tell the software has only been announced for the States, I’m hopeful that Nintendo Europe will pick this up for a local release as I’m keen to have a go.