People are already making Zelda and Mario Kart games in Game Builder Garage

A recreation of Mario Kart in Game Builder Garage

It’s on Switch now

So Game Builder Garage kind of came out of nowhere. Nintendo announced it very recently, and then all of a sudden, boom, it’s on the eShop on June 11 for 30 bucks. As a reminder, this is a tool for people who “dream of building their own game,” and allows for a streamlined way for folks to experience game and visual design: much like many STEM-focused games of its ilk in the past few years.

As expected, incredibly talented folks are now going crazy with the in-game tools, and are re-creating classic Nintendo games. As spotted on Nintendo Life, Twitter user MrTalida actually managed to craft the 1996 Ocarina of Time prototype, and ZeldaBoi made the original SNES Mario Kart.

It’s only been a few days, folks! It can only go up from here. Just like Dreams or LittleBigPlanet, I’m stoked to see what people come up with in this thing. And I sincerely hope that Nintendo doesn’t just shut the servers down after a year or two to preserve these works of art.

Here’s Mario Kart (Game ID: G 001 X6H M41):

And here’s the Zelda: Ocarina of Time prototype (No Game ID yet):

And here’s a Nintendogs proof of concept (Game ID: G 004 5JR 906):

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