Figures released by Harvest Moon developer Marvelous Entertainment suggest that development costs for Nintendo 3DS games could approach those of current-generation home consoles.
Marvelous execs revealed in a post-financials Q&A that they expected the minimum spend for creating a 3DS title to be ¥70 million ($840,000) and the maximum ¥100 to 150 million ($1.2 to 1.8 million).
Japanese games site Hachimaki held this against development costs in 2009, finding that DS development required on average ¥4.4 million for low-cost titles and ¥44 million for 'normal' games ($53,000 to $528,000).
By contrast, Wii games cost ¥2.0 and 116 million ($24,000 and $1.4 million), while PS3 titles ¥6.3 and 250 million ($76,000 and 3 million). Again, these are averaged figures.