RUMOR – A detailed breakdown of what devs/pubs pay to get a Switch game released physically (UPDATE)

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UPDATE – Daniel Ahmad, an analyst at Niko Partners, chimed in to say that he believes the Switch and PS4 are incorrect.

– the price devs/pubs have to pay for physical Switch games is around $8 US dollars per unit
– one unit is the case and game card
– PS4 games are about $5 dollars per unit
– minimum number of units the publisher/developer is required to purchase is 6,000
– the 6,000 units are just for one region
– there are special guidelines that need to be passed, QA checks and the signing of a Distribution of Physical Goods form,
– devs/pubs make less reveue due to the costs of manufacturing and distribution
– this is why retail games need to be sold at a higher price

Wii

Bulk Pricing of Single Layer Discs per each Disc:

Wholesale Price: $0 to $23.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $5.50
Wholesale Price: $24.00 to $39.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $7.50
Wholesale Price: $40.00 and up – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $9.00

Bulk Pricing of Dual Layer Discs per each Disc:

Wholesale Price: $0 to $23.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $6.00
Wholesale Price: $24.00 to $39.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $8.00
Wholesale Price: $40.00 and up – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $9.50

Game Disc Minimum Order Quantities:

Initial Order Minimum: 3,000 (quantity divisible by 600)
Reorder Minimum: 1,200 (quantity divisible by 600)

Bulk Pricing of Single Layer Demo Discs per each Disc:

Licensee Cost of Goods: $2.50 per disc (bulk discs only)
Order Quantity: Maximum order quantity of 3,600 pcs.

Demo Disc Payment Terms: A payment of wire transfer for the amount of goods plus the $450.00 initial stamper fee must be paid at the time of ordering.

3DS

Memory Configuration: 128MB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $7.10
Memory Configuration: 128MB + 512KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $7.60
Memory Configuration: 256MB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $8.10
Memory Configuration: 256MB + 512KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $8.60
Memory Configuration: 512MB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $9.10
Memory Configuration: 512MB + 512KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $9.60
Memory Configuration: 1GB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $10.10
Memory Configuration: 1GB + 512KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $10.60
Memory Configuration: 2GB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $11.10
Memory Configuration: 2GB + 512KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $11.60
Memory Configuration: 4GB + 128KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $13.10
Memory Configuration: 4GB + 512KB Flash ROM – Licensee Bulk Price: $13.60

Bulk Goods: Packed 1,200 cards per carton.

Finished Goods: Unit price is $0.90 more than the bulk goods price. Price includes game card, title sheet, instruction manual, warranty card, plastic case and poster. There are 48 game paks per carton.

Initial Order Minimum: 6,000 pcs. bulk and finished goods.

Minimum Re-order Quantity: 1,200 pcs. bulk and finished goods.

Wii U

Bulk Pricing of Single Layer Bulk Discs per each Disc:

Certified Wholesale Price: $0 to $23.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $6.50
Certified Wholesale Price: $24.00 to $31.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $7.00
Certified Wholesale Price: $32.00 to $39.99 – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $8.00
Certified Wholesale Price: $40.00 and up – Licensee Cost – Bulk Discs: $9.00

Game Disc Minimum Order Quantities:

Initial Order Minimum: 6,000 (quantity over the order minimum must be divisible by 600)
Reorder Minimum: 1,200 (quantity over the order minimum must be divisible by 600)

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