Marvelous Working On Several 3DS Games, Each One Costs At Least $800,000

By Spencer . November 18, 2010 . 1:04pm

imageDuring an investors Q&A, Marvelous briefly spoke about plans for the next term. The publisher plans to release about the same number of games in Japan as they did this year, which was nine titles.


This is includes Nintendo 3DS games and Marvelous has "several" of those in the pipeline. The only one with a release window is Animal Resort, a quirky zoo simulation game. Marvelous has a minimum budget of 70 million yen ($836,000) for each 3DS title with 150 million yen ($1.8 million) set as the maximum.


Fielding a question about multiplatform PS3/Wii games, a representative from Marvelous said Rune Factory: Oceans was originally just for Wii. After analyzing the market, Marvelous decided to make a PlayStation 3 version too. The respondent didn’t specifically state any other multiplatform plans, but Marvelous will look at the target audience for each specific title.


So far, Harvest Moon: Twins’ Village is their top selling title. Here are shipment figures for the first half of fiscal year 2010.


Harvest Moon: Twin’s Village (NDS) – 168,700
Fate/Extra (PSP) – 104,600
Ikki Tousen Xross Impact (PSP) – 33,500
No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise (PS3) – 27,500
No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise (Xbox 360) – 21,000


No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle which just launched in Japan on October 21 already reached its target by shipping 25,000 units.

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  • I guess no matter how great or small they can be profitable. If those are the sales in Japan, then what must Konamis target sales be for Paradise here in the US.

  • malek86

    How does that compare to their budgets for DS and PSP games?

  • No way I’m shelling out 800k for a 3DS game

    Oh wait, that’s how much it costs THEM! Carry on then..

  • HarryHodd

    Glad Rune Factory Oceans is making it’s way to the PS3. Wish Marvelous would look to the PS3 more. I think there is some untapped potential there, especially in Japan.

  • Doing 3ds games is more expensive than wii uh…? how much would it cost to make ps3 games i wonder

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I don’t know what the average development costs are for Marvelous titles. But while it is significantly cheaper to develop for the Wii compared to the PS3/360, the average costs still set a developer back a couple of million (which is comparable to last generation consoles).

      Average development costs for PS3/360 are somewhere between 15-30 million $.

    • HarryHodd

      For Marvelous? Probably not much more than the Wii considering Marvelous wouldn’t push the system much at all.

  • PrinceHeir

    hopefully No More Heroes Paradise will succeed in the west so that we can have No More Heroes Paradise 2(based on Desperate Struggle)

  • BOYLANmonk

    Well, it’s the beginning of the end.

    Development cost are way too high.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Quite frankly, considering that it’s completely normal for games to cost millions to develop nowadays, 800,000 actually seems fairly cheap in comparison. That means that at $40 per copy, a game can break even at 20,000 copies sold (although, admittingly, this does not factor in any of the overhead costs). Considering that niché titles often sell about that much, it seems like a fair milestone. It’s not too difficult to reach while still high enough to demand quality games from developers.

      Besides, this news piece is only about how much Marvelous is investing in their 3DS titles. There is no telling what the average development costs will be (although I wouldn’t be suprised if it was around that much, considering the figure is comparable to average PSP costs), especially since developers can invest as much or as little as they want in their titles.

  • As long as ‘one’ of those titles is Rune Factory 4, I’ll be happy.

    • vadde939

      Seconded. Rune Factory 4 on 3DS would be incredible.

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