Feeds

Nintendo said to profit on Wii production

Consoles costs under $160 to manufacture?

Security for virtualized datacentres

Nintendo may well be making so much profit on its Wii console it can well afford to replace broken Remote straps. According to a Japanese publication's assessment of the machine's innards, the console costs the videogames company less than $160 to assemble.

In a report published by Japanese business weekly the Toyo Keizai and relayed by Japanese-language site WiiInside, the most expensive component inside the Wii is the DVD drive, which, the paper estimates, costs $31. Next comes ATI's 'Hollywood' graphics chip, at $29.60. The IBM-designed and made CPU, 'Broadway', costs $13, the report reckons.

Add these items to the other components, roll in an assembly cost of $19.50 and you get a manufacturing cost of $158.30. The Toyo Keizai estimates that Nintendo's wholesale price is a cent less than $196. The consoles costs the consumer - if he or she can find one available to buy right now, of course - $250.

So, if the Toyo Keizai is right, Nintendo's making the best part of $40 for every console it sells, and by most accounts it's sold well over a million of them worldwide.

Don't forget, though, it has to cover the development cost, the money spent creating the Wii's on-board software, and the physical distribution and marketing costs, but it nonetheless establishes a nice pattern for Nintendo, which does very nicely out of games sales, whether Wii-specific titles or older ones made for previous consoles that the company can now sell again as downloads. ®

Read Reg Hardware's Nintendo Wii Review here

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.