Price of 3DS Dev Kits Leaked, Cheaper Than Expected
Ever wanted to get into 3DS game development? The cost of the special hardware you’ll need has been disclosed on the Internet, and it’s not as bad as you might think.
Planet 3DS has received a leak from an “anonymous insider” about the costs of Nintendo 3DS development kits. According to them, “PARTNER-CTR” is the main development system, and “Panda” is an additional Nintendo 3DS unit designed to be used with special flash cards (it is highly likely that the leaked 3DS unit from China from last month was one such unit). You can see the prices of all the different parts of the kit in the table below:
|73058||PARTNER-CTR DEBUGGER/CAPTURE (Dual Functionality)||$3,950|
|73065||Nintendo 3DS (Development only) “Panda” USA||$324|
|73066||Nintendo 3DS (Development only) “Panda” EU||$324|
|73067||Nintendo 3DS (Development only) “Panda” AUS||$324|
|73062||Flash Card, 16 Gbits (2 GBytes) CTR||$85|
|73063||Backup Memory, 1Mbit (128 KBytes) Flash CTR||$8.35|
|73064||Backup Memory, 4Mbits (512 KBytes) Flash CTR||$10.65|
While the prices in the table may appear to be a bit on the high side to the common consumer, to game developers, they are pleasantly affordable compared to Nintendo’s long history of outrageously priced dev kits. This goes hand-in-hand with the announcement Iwata made back on September 29th about how he intended to make the 3DS a more attractive system for smaller and independent developers than past Nintendo systems. Lowering the entry cost is definitely a great way to start, and we commend Nintendo for doing just that.