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Nintendo Switch Dev Kit Price Is $450, Way More Affordable Than Wii U

By Monica U Santos , Feb 20, 2017 01:59 PM EST

Nintendo Co., Ltd. continues to enthusiastically work hard not just for the upcoming launch of the Switch but also to spread the word about how third-party developers can bring their games to the new console. This weekend, the Japan-based company made an appearance at the Game Creators Conference (GCC) 2017 and they revealed that the Nintendo Switch dev kit will be priced at approximately 50,000 yen. That is about $450 in the existing conversion.

Nintendo Switch Dev Kit Price Is $450

At the GCC 2017 held in Osaka, Japan, Nintendo announced that Switch development kits would cost 50,000 yen only or about $450, according to DigitalTrends. This is such a great news for all the independent game developers who have long had to deal with costly up-front costs in developing games for Nintendo's consoles. “It’s a radical departure from their earlier exclusiveness that Nintendo is releasing their dev kits at such a low price,” Rami Ismail said, the co-founder of Vlambeer.

In comparison and to put things in perspective, a Sony PlayStation 3 development kit was $20,000 at launch. After that, home consoles gets more popular so as the PlayStation 4 dev kits has been out, it became a far more affordable with its price at $2,500. While Nintendo never officially released exact numbers and any announcement regarding this issue, it was rumored thatNintendo Wii U dev kits also ran for around $2,500. If the rumored prices are correct, the dev kit of the Switch will represent more than an 80 percent reduction in the trending price.

“It means more third parties, and mostly more small-to-middle-sized indies will have a chance at developing for Nintendo,” Ismail said. He also said that this could be an indication of a more open platform, that would mean more opportunity for all the independent game creators to use the unique possibilities of the Nintendo Switch. Addressing indie developers has been the target of the major console companies of this generation.

Develop A Nintendo Switch Game

According to Nintendo itself, to those that are interested in developing games for the Switch should register on the Nintendo Developer Portal. Measures started from July 2016, game makers who do not have any legal personality can also acquire the account of Nintendo Developer Portal for the firm developer's website. In the site, you can see different options wherein you can register, develop games and sell on the eshop.

More News On Nintendo Switch Game

Amidst the rise of so numerous critically acclaimed game titles from small developers, it really makes sense that producing a community platform as hassle free as possible would only be good for the industry. The indie games such as The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, Shovel Knight, Stardew Valley and Yooka-Laylee have already been proclaimed for the upcoming system. The Nintendo Switch is expected to launch on March 3, for $299 alongside ith the announced games.

A reliable Japanese website has revealed a number of file sizes as well as the game titles for the 25GB Nintendo Switch. So far, the only game that won’t fit on the internal storage of the Nintendo Switch is the Dragon Quest Heroes which is 32 GB. Other games and sizes are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 13.4 GB, Puyo Puyo Tetris 1.09, I Am Setsuna 1.40 GB, Nobunaga’s Ambition 5 GB, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 7 GB and Snipperclips 1.60 GB.

 

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