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Game Builder Garage

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Game Builder Garage

Developer: Nintendo EPD
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Released internationally: June 11, 2021

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.

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This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.
To do:
  • File paths
  • There is a hidden command that unlocks Free Programming mode without having to complete the first tutorial.

After many years, Nintendo finally decided to let players create their own games without getting DMCA'd for it, with Game Builder Garage (which may be Nintendo's answer to Dreams, which may have also been Sony's answer to Microsoft's short-lived Project Spark).

Of course, it's a revamp of the Toy-Con Garage VR (or VR Plaza) from Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit with new Nodon including textures, touch position, absolute value, and more. And the ability to share your games online or to other Nintendo Switch systems.


Read about notable bugs and errors in this game.

Unused Graphics

Early Nodon designs

Unused sprites for early Nodon designs are still present in the ROM alongside the final sprites used in-game.

Nodon name Early design Final design
Tilt Nodon GBG TiltNodon-Early.png GBG TiltNodon-Final.png
Rotation Speed Nodon GBG RotationSpeedNodon-Early.png GBG RotationSpeedNodon-Final.png
Shake Nodon GBG ShakeNodon-Early.png GBG ShakeNodon-Final.png
Effect Nodon GBG EffectNodon-Early.png GBG EffectNodon-Final.png
Play Sound Nodon GBG PlaySoundNodon-Early.png GBG PlaySoundNodon-Final.png
Background Music Nodon GBG BackgroundMusicNodon-Early.png GBG BackgroundMusicNodon-Final.png

Unused Sounds

The Sound Effect Nodon was going to have more sounds in the list that are left over.

Name Sound Comment
Along with the White noise and Announcement sounds, the Blaster firing sound (A SFX 2) is included as a leftover from Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit.
An early You did it! (High C SFX 3) that is used in Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit.
The Falling sound (C# SFX 4) too from Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit.
An 11th Jingle 1-Up that was forgotten to add in the list.


The sound named Power down in-game is internally named Plz_JGL_GameOver which was originally going to recycle the B SFX 3 sound from Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit.

Internal Project Name

According to multiple strings and the executable named that way, it appears Babel (which is named for the Labo series) or Babel_Tpb is the internal project name. As a reference, Cvr for most models (including the Characters and Fancy Objects ) that are carried over from the VR Kit are used.