Wii development kit as low as $1700

Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata previously stated that the Wii development kit would cost less than $2000. This was great news, offering independent developers a chance to make games on the Wii without spending a fortune.

In a recent briefing Satoru Iwata has gone further still and claimed the kit would now cost as low as $1732 USD. The first picture of the kit can be seen below.

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plok said:

This should mean a whole heap of fun little downloadable games. Hope it's regulated well enough to keep out the REALLY bad games though.

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drew_crocker said:

Oooh shiny black wiimote :D

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hiiiwii said:

Wait does that mean it costs 1732 for the console for customers and plain people? I thought it was gonna be like 500 bucks or less. I keep getting different info, can someone clear this up for me?

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Pants said:

At the same time, though - the devkit is to develop games for use with Wii hardware. So as far as downloadable games go, people could make RPG's, SNES style, and get 'em on the virtual console, eh?

Still, I'm excited that a devkit is within my price range, for once, being a solo indie gamedev :)

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crazyjohn said:

I wonder what will be required to buy one of these. I'm very interested.

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-_- said:

hiiiwii - No, the SDK costs 1732 (and is for developers only) while the console (for plain people :P) will be MUCH cheaper.

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Someone cooler than you said:

HiiWii, they say the Wii will most likely cost around $150 to $200. It will be less than the 360 and PS3.

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ganon said:

Great. How do you develop games?

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guy from new zealand said:

What a dumb name. That means everyone is hotter than you haha.

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Someone Cooler Than You said:

To guy from new zealand: Curses! Foiled again!

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SSBB FAN said:

And guy from new zealand is a cool name.

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SSBB FAN said:

And guy from new zealand is a cool name.

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Ben said:

I'd love to get one of these. I make games and it would be good to make Wii games. Although I reckon that it would be hard.

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wii-mote dude said:

Yay! More wii games AND a new wii-mote! How could this get any better?

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Chrome said:

Does this mean I can make games?

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Z said:

Is it c++ or is it like a gamemaker?

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chickens1127 said:

You guys are getting too excited. First, you have to apply. You need a huge game team and tons of games already made. Then you can buy the $1700 kit.

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Kazuna Nakama said:

Man, price isn't too bad, but the hurdles you'd have to go through to get one, ugh! It's just a damn entry barrier. Nintendo needs to get its shit together with development stuff.

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