You heard me right. No I must warn you, before you read further the things I am about to tell you takes a bit of understanding but upon realization, your life will be changed for EVER
This past week Nintendo released a new "Program" on the 3DS eShop... And I say program not Game..... Because what this program does is something very... very simple but important. It allows you to write computer programs in "BASIC" on your 3DS....
You heard me right... As of now (well this past Thursday) anything you can imagin (and create using BASIC programing) you can now make directly on your 3DS...
I understand some people may not be completely familiar with what BASIC is so I will explain.
BASIC: Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
BASIC was originally created in 1964 but remains in use today in many program and computer systems. Many if not almost all original Atari games were writen using BASIC as we as many computer and other video games throughout the late 70's all through the 80's and into the early 90's.
but BASIC does more than just the game, it does the sound, the graphics, and everything. And it does more than just games, you can also use it to create complex computer programs for school, home and offices as well.
For a better history you can veiw the Wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC
So, Still not quite sure what all this means and what the importance of being able to do basic on a Hand held system means... Well for inspiering computer programers it means just about "Everything". Anything you want to create can now be easily made at the touch of your finger tips by just pulling out your 3DS without even needing your computer or any other tools.
For just game players (especially those who love retro game) you don't even have to ever program anything Yourself...
The program includes the ability to convert your creation into a "QR" code which can be scanned and shared. So if you just want to download the program to play games an use programs people have created you can! Just scan the code for whatever it is you want...
Here's a few examples of what can and has been created so far:
Lets start with the actual article about "Petite Computer":http://thenextweb.com/dd/2012/07/22/no-joke-petit-computer-lets-you-code-games-directly-on-your-nintendo-3ds/
Then other things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5F_59W93a4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUan6W8x-s8
^ but those are a little simple.. what about:
ore one of my favorites... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jqKocIRsp4&feature=youtu.be
But maybe you like Rail Shooters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RvsVBVxokQ&feature=youtu.be
or driving games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viGQItQXARk&feature=youtu.be
Myself... My first creation will be a Text Based Monster Hunter!!!!