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Nintendo Switch Developer Kits Come with Low Price Tag

Nintendo will be selling dev kits for the Switch at an indie friendly price.

Consoles usually try to find that one great game, the killer app, which will fuel sales upon its release. Nintendo is betting on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, to carry its day one sales, but will also be pushing out a new Mario and Sonic game before the end of the year. However, this time around, Nintendo is making a bet on something else as well: the Indie market. They are releasing the dev kit for their new console for just SGD 640 (USD 450), giving many more developers access to the tools the need to make games for the system.

The company announced their low-priced plan at the Game Creators Conference 2017, held in Osaka, Japan. The announcement comes as a surprise, when comparing to the price of dev kits for other consoles. Development kits for Sony’s PlayStation 4 cost nearly SGD 3,600 (USD 2,500), while Ninendo’s previous console, the Wii U, featured SGD 7,000 (USD 5,000) dev kits. During the launch of the PlayStation 3 back in 2006, development kits were being sold for an eye-popping SGD 28,000 (USD 20,000) each.

The price tag allows indie developers access to the Switch platform and may help bring the same kind of varied and exciting content that indie developers have been bringing to the PC. “It’s a radical departure from their earlier exclusiveness that Nintendo is releasing their dev kits at such a low price,” said game developer Vlambeer’s cofounder Rami Ismail. “It’s hopefully an indication of a more open platform, which would mean more opportunity for independent creators to use the unique possibilities of the Nintendo Switch.”

Indie titles have drawn a lot of attention from console makers in recent years, and Nintendo is making their bid clear, with indie titles like Shovel Knight, The Binding of Isaac, Snipperclips, Yooka-Laylee, Stardew Valley, Rime, and many others being revealed to have releases on the console.

source: Tech Times

David F.
A grad student in experimental physics, David is fascinated by science, space and technology. When not buried in lecture books, he enjoys movies, gaming and mountainbiking

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