An anonymous business inside source has leaked prices for Nintendo 3DS development hardware exclusively to Planet 3DS. The below list contains prices for the development system itself (“Partner-CTR”, made by Kyoto Microcomputer), as well as special development systems dubbed “Panda” (most likely those units we saw leaks of early January) and flash cards for use with these. As we were told, this is only a part of the 3DS development items that are available to licensed developers through the Nintendo Software Development Support Group (SDSG).
|73058||PARTNER-CTR DEBUGGER/CAPTURE (Dual Functionality)||$3,950|
|73065||Nintendo 3DS (Development only) “Panda” USA||$325|
|73066||Nintendo 3DS (Development only) “Panda” EU||$325|
|73067||Nintendo 3DS (Development only) “Panda” AUS||$325|
|73062||Flash Card, 16 Gbits (2 GBytes) CTR||$85|
|73063||Backup Memory, 1Mbit (128 KBytes) Flash CTR||$8.50|
|73064||Backup Memory, 4Mbits (512 KBytes) Flash CTR||$10.50|
These are definitely very attractive prices if you keep in mind that the prices for Wii development kits are still at about the same level, or the GBA kit being about €7,000 originally. It seems Nintendo has learned a lot since the days of unreasonably priced N64 dev kits and are offering cheaper dev kits from generation to generation, allowing especially smaller studios to develop titles for their systems.