Ever wonder what you might do with your DSi if you get a 3DS? You can turn it into an old school computer if you want. A DSi Ware title called Petit Computer, which is coming March 9th in Japan, will let you play on your DSi in old fashion BASIC programming language. Hit the jump to learn more!


Now for a little history. BASIC (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) came about in 1964 at Dartmouth College by the work of John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene Kurtz to provide computer access to non-science students so they could also learn a bit of computer programing. So how does this fit with the mentioned DSi Ware?

Petit Computer is a DSi Ware title that is a BASIC interpreter for the Nintendo DSi. The touch screen becomes a virtual keyboard while the output is displayed on the top DSi screen. Players can run a pre-loaded shooting game, a Pac-Man style “dot eater” game as well as a role-playing game. Players can also make their own games. There are graphics, sound and character editors to help with the programming. Data can be saved in resource files and then used in the creation of one’s own custom titles.

So if you want to try this bit of old school programming, it will cost you 800 points to download. Unfortunately, there is no word on when it will be released worldwide, but it will be available in Japan on March 9th.

Source: Kotaku, SmileBoom