|Developer(s):||SmileBoom Co. Ltd.|
|Release Date:|| JP March 9, 2011|
NA July 19, 2012
PAL July 25, 2013
|Platforms(s):||DSiWare, Nintendo eShop|
|Ratings(s):|| CERO: Education and Database|
ESRB: E (Everyone)
PEGI: 3+ (Ages 3 and Up)
|Followed by:||Petit Computer 3|
"Petit Computer is an easy-to-use programming tool that lets you create everything from music, to images, to your very own original games using an adapted version of the classic BASIC programming language." ~Nintendo DSi Shop/Nintendo eShop Description
Petit Computer (プチコンmkII, Puchikon mkII) is a downloadable DSiWare application first released in March 9, 2011 for Japanese Nintendo DSi/3DS (XL) systems then licensed and published by Gamebridge Ltd. to North American systems in July 19, 2012. It is a rebranded (known as SmileBASIC) and enhanced port of the BASIC interpreter environment from past home computers. The core application is written in C (common with many DSiWare applications and games) with a command-line interface that recognizes BASIC commands. As of June 2015, Petit Computer may now be an End of life product.
Petit Computer received average scores from English reviewers, with criticism on being aimed at experienced programmers and being hard to pick up and use, but having "massive potential" and satisfying when you do it right. Many complaints were about the need to type through the touch screen, although there are PC-side tools such as Micono's PTCUtilities. It was also criticized for lack of good tutorials and having a poorly translated manual, being "clunky," and not being based on a modern language. In comparison to other software like WarioWare D.I.Y. and LittleBigPlanet, it was praised for allowing much greater freedom.