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Make your own retro video game
Tony Cruise
Foreword by Philip and Andrew Oliver
  • June 2024
  • ISBN 9781633438019
  • 320 pages
  • printed in color

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Build your own retro games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Do you have an amazing idea for a NES game you’ve been itching to turn into reality? Classic Game Programming on the NES will show you how. This all-practical beginner's guide is full of step-by-step guidance on everything from graphics and music, to enemy AI, to the 6502 Assembler language you need to get the most out of the NES.

Inside Classic Game Programming on the NES you’ll learn how to:

  • Use the 6502 Assembler language to create your own game
  • Create and display tile and sprite graphics
  • Play sound effects and music
  • Program enemy AI
  • Balance cycle times and memory usage
  • Design and develop your own action game from scratch

When you’re developing retro games, it’s dangerous to go alone—so take this essential guide! Classic Game Programming on the NES is an all-in-one handbook to the resources you need to start building for the NES. You’ll learn to understand modern emulators and discover the secrets of programming in ages past. Best of all, you won’t need any specialist experience! Even highly technical elements are broken down into step-by-step instructions, and fully illustrated with easy-to-follow diagrams.

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Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games like Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda shaped the video game industry and defined childhood for millions of gamers worldwide. Bring back the magic by creating your own NES games! All you need is this book and your imagination—no game dev experience or specialist programming skills required.

about the book

Classic Game Programming on the NES distills the scattered secrets of NES development into clear instructions for building your first games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. You’ll learn about the NES’s unique design, the surprisingly simple 6502 Assembly language, and more. As you go, you’ll create a simple space-based shoot-em-up that gives you a pattern you can follow to build anything you can dream up on your own.

what's inside

  • The tools of NES game development
  • Create and display tile and sprite graphics
  • Sound effects and music
  • Program enemy AI

about the reader

No game programming experience required.

about the author

Tony Cruise is a legend in the field of retro games. In the 80’s he programmed games for 8-bit systems; now he creates resources for developers working with 8 and 16-bit systems.

The technical editor on this book was Dan Weiss.

A detailed and thorough entry point into programming on the classic Nintendo console. Everything is included.

John Hancock-Collector, Educator and Content Creator

A phenomenal bible to the inner workings of arguably the most important videogame console of all time.

The Oliver Twins

Great for anyone who has programmed on modern systems and wants to know how it was done in the 1980s.

Ryan Burger, Old School Gamer Magazine

Clear and entertaining! Even developers with minimal knowledge can follow along and get a game up and running.

Jonathan Reeves, Wolfjaw Studios

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