Wii Development Kit Under $2000?

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata along with the Board of Directors answered many questions at a corporate management policy briefing held last week which revealed that the price of the Wii development kits would now cost as low as $1,732. Iwata expects to increase funding for research and development to prepare for launch.

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Sphinx6600d ago

That is sweet, I could definitely see paying that if I were a developer.

andy capps6600d ago

Are these the final kits, or is this basically a gamecube dev kit with the nun-chuck controller? Either way, that's really cheap.

GrimFang46600d ago

I could see paying that as a small, independent developer.

96impala6598d ago

I can't help but to feel that nintendo is really going to do big things with it's little system.

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Vits4d ago

I always find it weird to see opinion pieces reminiscing about a time when the article's author wasn't even alive to see it. This "switch" to profit over creativity in the industry started way back in the NES era when Nintendo controlled the number of games each publisher could release in a given time. This, in turn, made publishers carefully choose what was going to be released.

Things only really got better with the 3DO and later PlayStation, which changed how licensed games were handled. That improvement more or less lasted a generation and a half. By the time of the Xbox 360, we had another enormous cash cow trend in the form of the "casual audience." Since then, there has always been this chase for the next biggest thing to maximize profit.

It's not new; it's been going on for more than ten years now. And it's not going to stop when we have the production costs of the industry going higher and higher.