Nintendo is releasing their upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch, on March 3, 2017, along with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Aside from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, other games like Super Mario and Sonic would follow. The company has set the Nintendo Switch price for its development kits really cheap for game developers.
Having cheap development kits for the Nintendo Switch would increase the chances of indie games developed for the said console. According to Tech Times, Nintendo plans on setting the price of the Nintendo Switch development kit at US$450. Nintendo confirmed the price of the Switch development kit at the Game Creators Conference 2017 held in Osaka, Japan.
Considering the price of the company’s console, and others’, Nintendo priced the Switch development kit really low. Sony has priced the PlayStation 4 development kit for US$2,500 while the Nintendo Wii U development kit has the price of US$5,000. Meanwhile, in 2006, the Sony PlayStation 3 development kit had the price of US$20,000 each.
Nintendo Switch Price: Just Add US$150
Having high prices for the development kits of consoles prevent indie game companies from developing games for their preferred console. Since Nintendo will set the price of the development kit for the Switch low, players expect more indie games in the console. Independent game developers need only to add US$150 to the original Nintendo Switch price of US$300 for the development kit.
It would give independent game developers more opportunities to make a name for themselves and be hired by other known developers. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo recently showed their support to all the indie game titles released for their platforms. Nintendo has confirmed indie games Shovel Knight, The Binding of Isaac, Snipperclips, Yooka-Laylee, Stardew Valley, Rime, and more to come out on the Nintendo Switch.
One user previously received his pre-ordered Nintendo Switch for free two weeks before its official release. The user shared what the Nintendo Switch contained, its interface, menu, and more and uploaded the video on NeoGAF. He showed the tutorial part of the Nintendo Switch as well as the Home Menu of the console.
The NeoGAF user planned on re-selling the early Nintendo Switch he received but changed his mind soon after. He thought that Nintendo might intervene if he has sold the Nintendo Switch prior to its release date. The user did not mention the retailer that delivered him the Nintendo Switch earlier by mistake.