NVidia Shield to Carry Nintendo Wii and GameCube Titles in China

Nintendo Wii And GameCube Games Are Being Remastered For Nvidia Shield--But Only In China

If you pick up a Chinese Shield TV, you'll be able to play New Super Mario Bros. The remastered games cost about 68 RMB, or $10 each. We're not jealous at all.

Nintendo has been famously reluctant to allow its classic games to run on anyone else's platform, but it's making an exception in China.

Nintendo and NVIDIA are teaming up to bring Wii and GameCube games to the NVIDIA Shield in China. Now we'll be those limits pushed even further with new games from Nintendo, at least in China anyway.

What's notable about this launch, though, is the inclusion of ported Nintendo games on the Shield. Twilight Princess and Punch-Out! in 1080p. All the communications from Nintendo and from Nvidia have been targeted specifically for Chinese customers. According the Ahmad they now run on the much faster Shield at what should be a nice and crisp HD resolution-meaning 720p or 1080p. Granted, the company used to be a little more open and allowed some developers to create officially licensed games with Nintendo characters for non Nintendo platforms (Mario Teaches Typing comes to mind), but then Philips ruined it for everyone with its awful CD-i Mario and Legend of Zelda games. This has ensured that gamers eager to play a new version of Mario Kart can only do so if they buy a Nintendo machine.


Nintendo, an over 100-year-old Japanese game company, has worked around China's restrictions in the past by partnering with a Chinese company named iQue.

It's a significant shift for Nintendo, which has kept its home-grown games exclusively for its own home and handheld consoles since the early 1980s.

Until now, the majority of Nintendo games haven't been legally available in China, limiting the popularity of Super Mario and Donkey Kong, which are household names in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

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