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Marvelous: 3DS Budgets Much Higher Than DS
Marvelous: 3DS Budgets Much Higher Than DS
November 22, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

November 22, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander
More: Console/PC

The potential costs of developing for Nintendo's 3DS handheld are surfacing in some estimates made by Japanese publisher Marvelous Entertainment, and for now it looks like they can end up a good deal more than the budget of a high-end DS title, and even above some console titles.

Japanese blog Hachimaki picked up on an investor Q&A from the Harvest Moon publisher, wherein the company said it expects its 3DS development activities to cost between 70 million ($840,000) and 100-150 million ($1.2 to $1.8 million), depending on the game.

The report compared this kind of budget to DS development costs in 2009, finding those costs ranged from, on average, 4.4 million ($53,000) on the low end and 44 million ($527,000) for a standard DS title. For Marvelous, Wii budgets are estimated at 2.0 million ($24,000) to 116 million ($1.4 million).

PlayStation 3 games can range between an average 6.3 million ($75,000) and 250 million ($3 million), while Xbox 360 development for Marvelous averages a range of 3 million ($36,000) to 207 million ($2.5 million).

Development costs at the beginning of a platform's lifecycle are generally much higher than later in it, once developers have become adept at maximizing the platform and its tools.

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