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Nintendo Switch Open Beta Now Available

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Posted by Ross Manthorp on 9 August 2018

We are now at the open beta phase of the GameMaker Studio 2 Nintendo Switch licence. Its full commercial launch is expected in September 2018. With the GameMaker Studio 2 Nintendo Switch export, GameMaker Studio 2 games can be exported directly to Nintendo Switch.

With GameMaker Studio 2 Nintendo Switch export, GameMaker is expanding its already significant reach to developers looking to release on the hugely successful console that can be played anytime, anywhere, with anyone. First launched by YoYo Games in March 2017, GameMaker Studio 2 has seen continual growth since its release. The launch of the open beta is the next step in the culmination of GameMaker Studio 2 Nintendo Switch, that will launch this September.

“Since announcing our relationship with Nintendo to launch the GameMaker Studio 2 Nintendo Switch export, we’ve been contacted by over one thousand developers who want to bring their GameMaker titles onto Nintendo’s record-breaking console,” said James Cox, General Manager, YoYo Games. “We’ve already seen the first wave of GameMaker Studio 2 titles announced for Nintendo Switch, including Hyper Light Drifter and Undertale, and we’re excited to see the massive range of GameMaker Studio 2 content that will be launching on the platform”.

Jan Willem Nijman, creator of Minit together with Kitty, Jukio & Dom, agreed, “It's been very exciting to stay in touch with YoYo Games and see this all come to life. We’re delighted to be able to release Minit on the Nintendo Switch platform. Growing up toying with GameMaker and later turning it into a career, I wouldn't dare dream that eventually GameMaker Studio 2 would let us put our game on a Nintendo console!”

Minit Switch

Getting started

To become an authorized Nintendo Switch developer, please sign up at

The next step, is to contact the Nintendo Regional offices at if you are based in Europe and if you are based in the USA or elsewhere, to pitch your project and seek authorization to become a Nintendo Switch developer.

Once you have been approved as a developer, you should register your request to take part in the Open Beta via Nintendo’s GameMaker middleware web page. Please note, you will be required to sign-in to your Nintendo Developer account to access this page.

Lastly, to participate in the Nintendo Switch Open Beta for GameMaker Studio 2, you will also require either a Nintendo Switch licence ($799/ 12 months) or a GameMaker Studio 2 Ultimate licence ($1,500 / 12 months), which provides access to all of our export options. Once approved, these will be available to purchase on your YoYo Games account.

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