RPG Maker MV is officially coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2019! This announcement comes courtesy of NIS, so the time is now for aspiring storytellers to start plotting their epic adventures. RPG Maker MV originally released for PC in 2015, but it is only now receiving a console release. In fact, this marks the first time since 2005 that an RPG Maker title has appeared on a home console.
Honestly, the console announcement trailer for the game is awful. It shows almost no gameplay, doesn’t talk about the game’s features at all, and just flashes lots of random boring character art on screen. For that reason, I’ve also included the trailer for the PC version below, which delves much deeper into the nitty-gritty details. It’s uncertain at this time if the Switch version will contain all of the export features of the PC version though.
Okay, we now know what RPG Maker MV is. But next, I would like to talk briefly about why RPG Maker MV for Switch is just so exciting.
Why this announcement matters to me…
I still remember when RPG Maker was first announced for the original PlayStation back in the ’90s. I was shocked and elated that a video game would let me, a kid, create RPGs! I devoured every tiny detail I could about the game from Electronic Gaming Monthly, and I counted the days to its release. But unfortunately, it was a lot harder to learn about delays in those days, and I remember being crushed when the game was nowhere in sight at Electronics Boutique on the day it was supposed to release.
Fortunately, the day did finally come when I got my hands on RPG Maker, and… I didn’t really understand it at first. I tinkered with it all the time, but months passed before I finally had an “ah ha!” moment and knew how to use it. Then I went on to make a trilogy of games that were impossible to beat without cheating, and they were really just a vehicle for me to tell stories about my closest friends and me. But I cherish all the time I spent making those games in middle school, fulfilling my artistic desires.
Years later, I would cherish even more the time that I spent with a fan translation of RPG Maker 2003 on PC. I literally teared up the first time I set eyes on it, because it was so much more versatile than RPG Maker on PlayStation. For the first time, I felt like I had complete power to make precisely the kind of RPG that I wanted to create. So I spent 11 months making an honest-to-goodness playable RPG about me and 40-some friends–all as playable characters, and many with unique skill sets. I even made one more tiny game about two other friends after that. All in all, it was one of the most rewarding and just plain fun times of my life.
Why this announcement matters for the kids!
Video games are a medium of expression just like film, music, and novels. But unlike using a pen and paper to write a novel, or a guitar to write music, a kid can’t just “pick up” a tool and create a video game. That’s really frustrating though, because just like some kids can feel a desire to make music in their bones, there are also kids who can feel the desire to create games–but the outlets to quickly start creating them can be difficult to find. This is especially true for young children who are navigating a very crowded Steam marketplace.
When barriers to entry exist like this, two things can happen–people can stubbornly press on, or they can give up. Kids with limited attention spans and lack of understanding are more likely to give up; they might decide that making a video game is something only an adult can do. But putting a game like RPG Maker MV on the Switch can change that!
Switch has already become the new home of young gamers (and me, for that matter), so it is the perfect place for children to discover RPG Maker MV. If a kid with a passion for video games and storytelling sees brand new RPG Maker MV sitting at the top of the eShop–looking slick and shiny and promising to let anybody create an RPG–it’s going to rock his or her world. RPG Maker MV is the guitar! It’s the pen and paper! It’s a just-pick-it-up tool that allows anybody to express themselves in a way that they thought they couldn’t. And that’s just amazing.
RPG Maker MV: ages 8 to 80
These days, I just don’t have the time to make stuff with RPG Maker anymore, because I’m busy working, writing, and making my own video game from scratch. But I really, really envy the kids who have all the time in the world to let their imaginations go wild with these games and other similar products. RPG Maker was a tool that allowed me to express myself in a profound way in my formative years, and I’m so happy that more kids will get the opportunity to do this on Nintendo Switch.
But I can’t conclude without stating the obvious: RPG Maker is a robust tool that is more than just kids’ stuff. It has become a viable game creation platform that has given birth to unique experiences like To the Moon, for instance. And that just makes the arrival of such a game on mainstream consoles all the more exciting. There is no downside to giving more people–children and adults–the power to realize their artistic ambitions. Everybody deserves to have a paint brush.
Are you as excited for the arrival of RPG Maker MV on Switch as I am? Let me know!
Proofs Editor for Enthusiast Gaming. I’m a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I currently live in South Korea, just for the heck of it.