Even if you never owned a Game Boy, you sure know about it – the device completely changed the portable gaming landscape as we know it, when it was first released, three decades ago in Japan.
The Game Boy turned 30 on April 21st and, while its fans celebrated its birthday on Twitter with hashtags and photos of their own Game Boy collections, developer Chris Maltby released a code for GB Studio, a tool that allows anyone to build their own Game Boy ROMs.
No, you don’t even have to pay for it or have any programming experience – thanks to an Electron application, you can dive right into it. Any editor that creates PNG files can help you design your graphics and you can add music via GBT Player.
When it’s all done, you can export your game as a ROM file and play it on Windows, Mac and Linux but you also have the option of creating a HTML5 version so you can play it on mobile.
The best part about this entire thing is that, if you really want to go full retro and happen to have a USB cart laying around, you can even play it on your original Game Boy as well.
You can download GB Studio by following this link and if you do decide to create your own game, let us know how it all went!