I have a slightly embarrassing history getting lost and in over my head with the RPG Maker series. Dating way back to the original PlayStation release and dabbling with the likes of RPG Maker 2000 and RPG Maker 2003, I definitely started a lot more games than I ultimately finished. Still, the allure is always there, never ceasing to be creative in my favorite genre through some outlet.

While some turn to Steam for their RPG Maker software, I might just check out this upcoming Nintendo 3DS version of the game. NipponIchi is set to publish the title on June 27, and I definitely have a lot of train time I can dedicate to telling stories. Plus, with NipponIchi, you can get the Disgaea cast to cameo in your games. How fun!


Ready to become a game developer? RPG Maker Fes makes it easy to develop any RPG you can imagine with no need for programming knowhow. Simple, but powerful tools let you bring to life the amazing stories in your head. Customize the characters, stories, combat and more to become the next great developer. Then, share your creations and play others with the free RPG Maker Player. What story will you share?

Key Features

  • RPG-Making Made Easy – Ever had an idea for a great RPG? This is your chance to create it! With powerful, but easy to use tools, any story or world you can imagine comes to life.
  • Customized Content – Use simple but powerful tools to customize everything in your game from characters, world maps, story sequences, and more.
  • Play and Share for Free – Anyone who downloads the free RPG Maker Player app can play RPGs created by RPG Maker Fes owners for free. Share the fun with your friends and people all over the world.

On creating a fun RPG without infinite options

Obviously, the drawback of the Nintendo 3DS version is that you don't have access to all of the software that the PC versions have. Sprites are limited, character art doesn't have many options, and your imagination can be held back.

This is fine for me, though. I like being creative, but I prefer being creative within limitations. If I have access to the limitless possibilities of the Internet, then I'll definitely never finish up any games. With this, I can stay focused without the nitty-gritty details, sinking hours into perfecting sprites and drawing characters I'll never actually get around to using. It's a casual approach to RPG creation, but that's all I need.

RPG Maker Fes comes to the Nintendo 3DS on June 27.