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NESmaker - Make NES Games. No coding required.

A project in Sarasota, FL by Joe Granato

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Make new cartridge based, hardware playable games for the NES. No programming required.
Backers: 2553
Average Pledge Per Backer: $99

Funded: $253,403 of $32,000
Dates: Jan 13th -> Feb 12th (30 days)
Project By: Joe Granato
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Latest News

Final hours, and the final goal...

February 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings friends!  We are now about 14 hours from the end of this campaign.  It will be a race to the finish line regarding that final stretch goal.  I wanted to be clear about one thing - the funds gained rallied towards this stretch goal will... (Read More)

Such an amazing thing...

February 10th - via: kickstarter.com
I've been hawking the campaign all morning and I've noticed a huge uptick in number of backers, number of add-ons, and social media support!  It feels like we, as one big community, are making a collective trench run at the final boss stretch... (Read More)

Throwback Thursday!

February 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Today, rather than an update on NESmaker, I wanted to take a moment to give credit and raise awareness for those that came before us and are doing amazing things for this new generation of NES development.  We are by no means trailblazers here.  We... (Read More)

Today's impossible goal...

February 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Yesterday, I announced a handful of fun new add-ons and stretch goals to help excite current backers!  Today, I want to focus on new backers. With only five days left of the campaign, we want as many eyes on this project as possible.  If you know... (Read More)

Rom Support, Stretch Goals and Add-Ons! Oh my!

February 5th - via: kickstarter.com
ROM SUPPORT: Let's start with the most fun stuff.  Over the past week, we have been able to create a simple cross-graded rom file of our Troll Burner demo that is a Mapper 2 version.  This sacrifices flash saving and animated tiles, but being that... (Read More)


February 4th - via: kickstarter.com
WIN ME! Alright, friends.  For Superbowl Sunday, we are going to get in the competitive spirit!  We have teamed up with Infinite NES Lives to create a handful of Troll Burner cartridges exclusively for fun giveaways this week!  Let's use this as... (Read More)

What do you want to see in updates?

February 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Everyone, please reply in the comments below with your preference on future NESmaker updates.  Choice A or choice B?       A) We want detailed info about the tool's development, challenges, new features, ideas and concepts even if they never come... (Read More)

Everdrive support for NESmaker games?

January 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Courtesy of Jeffrey Wittenhagen, who tonight helped me test a *mapper 2* hack version of Troll Burner on an Everdrive. It seems to be working flawlessly, aside from the expected tile animations not working (which will also prevent flash-saving... (Read More)

Half way - a thank you gift...

January 30th - via: kickstarter.com
This weekend we crossed the half way point.  We hit 442% of our goal before the campaign began to slow down.  Every day I look at all the comments and the enthusiasm, and it prompts me to continue to figure out ways to make this tool better and... (Read More)

This weekend -

January 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey friends!  I think we'll have a few new announcements after we get through this weekend.  With me hosting a Global Game Jam site, I might be slightly less present to answer questions, reply to comments, etc.  I'm hoping you amazing people will... (Read More)

Already hard at work -

January 25th - via: kickstarter.com
So for everyone who has backed this project, we still have well over two weeks to go in the campaign, and the team is already hard at work.  What does work for NESmaker look like at this phase?  Well...it's the unfortunate act of gutting the... (Read More)

A ridiculous weekend...

January 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Things that happened this weekend:  Our Facebook page cruised passed 5000 likes/followers. Our YouTube channel smashed 1000 subscribers. Our film, The New 8-bit Heroes, saw a huge surge in watches on Amazon. NESmaker broke 1000 backers. NESmaker is... (Read More)

I can't even...

January 18th - via: kickstarter.com
So, we are finally back to reality after a whirlwind week at PAX South in San Antonio, then visiting our friends at IGN in San Francisco.  It was chaotic.  It was exciting.  And we have been overwhelmed by the support of this community! First, let... (Read More)

We are overwhelmed...

January 15th - via: kickstarter.com
So, we've been having a hard time with internet the last few days, as PAX South's internet was incredibly spotty.  I've been sporadically been able to answer questions from my phone.  Right now, I'm finally in a hotel lobby that has reliable... (Read More)

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