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How long will it take one guy with no programming experience to develop a 2D side scroller?
I want to develop an iPhone game in a similar vein/complexity to say Metroid or Castlevania on the SNES, but with better graphical effects and of course touch controls, maybe some touch mini games or something as well.
I have no programming experience whatsoever.
I plan to learn Objective-C through "Programming in Objective-C" followed by "iOS Programming: Big Nerd Ranch", prior to beginning development(I'm on like page 3 right now, so totally open to other book suggestions!)
Not including artwork or music(which I also plan to develop on my own), how long should it take to learn Objective-C and develop this game, assuming I put in 1-3 hours per day?