And the gaming-focused device will come with remastered versions of Nintendo titles from the earlier Wii and GameCube platforms. In addition to launching its Shield TV streaming box in China today, Nvidia has teamed up with Nintendo to bring HD ports of popular Wii and GameCube games to the device.
Wii games on Shield will cost RMB 68.
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When China finally lifted its almost 15-year ban on video game consoles in July 2015, it was only a matter of time before Nintendo started breaking into the market-and that has come true as of today.
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Nintendo is collaborating with Nvidia to launch classic games such as New Super Mario Bros.
"We're very happy to have this opportunity to let our entertainment products bring joy to the vast body of Chinese players", Nintendo said in the statement, issued in Chinese.
Nvidia and Nintendo have partnered before now, of course - the graphics hardware maker created the processor that powers the Nintendo Switch portable hybrid game console. Wii will be upgraded to run at 1080p mode on the Shield. According to the leading gaming website, Gamespot, New Super Mario Bros. However, it has experimented with mobile games such as Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. There is no word on if these games will come to the SHIELD in other countries (like the United States). Of course, this raises the question how these games, designed for waggle-tastic Wii Remote, play on a console with a standard, non-motion controlled controller, and only time will tell if these are good or bad ports.
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.