New App Lets Kids Code on a Nintendo Switch

FUZE Code Studio

FUZE Code Studio for Nintendo Switch

This Summer, a “game” for Nintendo Switch will allow kids to use the handheld device and controllers to program their own games.

Called FUZE Code Studio, the app (we’re not sure what to call it, and neither does the company behind it) “requires no prior coding experience.” Learners can use it to create their own 2D and 3D experiences, and enjoy full hardware access to the Switch. APIs for the controllers will be baked into the in-app experience.

FUZE says it will include a music synthesizer and speech engine for both music and voice, and there will be preloaded stock music and graphics for students. Bluetooth keyboard support is also available, should you want to move beyond the Switch’s tiny controllers.

Code Studio is an interesting addition to the world of learning to code via a mobile device. It has a ton of tie-in for Nintendo; it accesses Switch hardware and lets kids write games specifically for the Switch. (In product shots, we see a brick-breaker game and a fairly typical IDE with lines of code.)

It joins Swift Playgrounds as a coding experience aimed at kids with some hefty hardware support. Apple’s app lets anyone with an iPad learn the basics of code while familiarizing themselves with common Swift syntax and schemes. Though FUZE Code Studio seems to have its own on-screen keyboard meant for coding, a full-screen iPad keyboard is much better for this sort of thing.

FUZE follows in the footsteps of Smile Basic, which has a somewhat clumsy coding app for the Nintendo 3DS. It’s also competing with several mobile apps for learning programming languages in a more traditional way, and the unknown number of developers who will be writing Playground files for Swift Playgrounds to expand on that platform. So far, there are few details on FUZE, so we’re not sure if outsiders will be able to tap into it, or if development will remain exclusive to the engineers at the company.

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