Steam is going big this weekend with a sale on all of the RPG Maker software.
I would recommend RPG Maker MV for anyone interested in getting their 16-bit JRPG on. I've played around with it a bit, and found it fairly easy to get into. It comes with a sizable amount of existing art and sprites, so it's possible to focus mainly on the story, world-building, and mechanical systems instead of having to worry about extensive artistic content creation. (a real boon for the non-artists who want to build a game) It's also flexible enough to allow for some pretty impressive extension, and the MV version of it is far more cross-platform compatible than previous versions. (which would only run on Windows) RPG Maker MV allows you to export your games to numerous different operating systems and devices.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend the visual novel software they have on sale. This is a newer software package, and it appears to be quite buggy, and in need of some more development before its ready for proper production. There are also more seasoned options on Steam for visual novel creation, such as Tyrano Builder. (which also often goes on sale) Perhaps their VSN software will be in a more mature state in a year or two, but for now I would take a wait-and-see approach.
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