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Wii Development Kits Under $1,800

Posted by Anthony Dickens

Satoru Iwata has stated that Wii development kits will be available for around $1,800 - one tenth the price of a PS3 dev kit.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that third party support is certainly a priority for Wii's success. Often the cost of a development kit, the hardware required to create games, would waver a developer to swing towards a certain platform. We already know the Wii architecture is a natural progression of the Gamecube hardware and allows existing Gamecube developers to easily migrate their projects to Wii.

Nintendo have now stated that development kits will be available to third parties for as little as $1,732; compare that to the $20,000 price tag of a PS3 development kit. Iwata also reiterated that first party support would also be improved.

"Internally Nintendo has big plans for Wii support. In fact, Iwata expects the company's research and development budget to rise with the impending launch of the console. This is because Nintendo intends on having a steady supply of software for Wii in order to avoid the drought faced by GameCube in its first year of release."

This comes as great news to Nintendo enthusiasts, the Japanese giants seem to be creating a platform for everyone rather than simply meeting their own requirements.

All we need now is an open SDK for the virtual console system and a global community of developers, we all want to be a part of the Wii dream.


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User Comments (5)



ReInstall said:

You'd probably still need a development kit of some sort, even with an open SDK. How could you test your games on a PC with a different control scheme, let alone architecture?
With the development kit that cheap though, maybe more enthusiasts will give development a go...



antdickens said:

Ah well thats upto Nintendo to solve a problem, if you were developing a game for say SNES, the compiled ROM size would be more than small enough to transfer over WiFi to the Wii each time you wanted to run a build. Yee of little faith.



ReInstall said:

As you put it like that, I guess it's possible. But cannot imagine Nintendo allowing it to happen.
Imagine the trojan horses people would create!



antdickens said:

Kinda, if they were compiled ROMS and running on some kinda emulator, its unlikly it would have access to any other part of the system apart from the emu process, it wouldn't have any system access.. We'll have to wait and see I guess..

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