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

I bet you didn't see that coming.

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In one of the more unexpected partnerships of recent years, Nintendo has announced that it's working with hardware manufacturer Nvidia to bring a bunch of Wii and GameCube games to the Nvidia Shield--but only in China.

The companies revealed that Nvidia's Android-based home console will feature ported versions of games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. You can check Twilight Princess out in action in the video below, courtesy of Daniel Ahmed:

It's unclear how the games have been updated to run on the Shield, but we do know that, at the very least, the Shield's version of New Super Mario Bros. Wii will run at 1080p. We'll have to wait and see if any other graphical improvements have been done on the games.

If you happen to live in China and want to get your hands on one of these, it'll cost you RMB 1499 ($227). Games will be available for RMB 68 ($10). Unfortunately, it seems that this will likely remain China-exclusive permanently, as all communications from Nvidia and Nintendo indicate that it's specifically targeted at Chinese audiences. However, it's still cool to see Nintendo branching out and gradually letting its games be ported to other platforms.

There are reportedly more than 300 million gamers in China, so it's no surprise that Nintendo would want to try to bring some of its games to the market. After 15 years, China lifted its console ban in 2015. Sony (PlayStation 4) and Microsoft (Xbox One) brought their consoles to the country, though Nintendo hasn't brought the Switch there. One issue that persists is that games must pass through China's Ministry of Culture to be approved for release.

The first question that Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima fielded during Nintendo's latest earnings briefing was about bringing the Switch to China. Kimishima starting off by saying Nintendo is "aware of the vast size of the Chinese [gaming] market, but we are not selling [the Nintendo Switch] in that market at present."

"We have previously researched the possibility of selling our products in China, and that effort continues as we consider bringing Nintendo Switch to the Chinese market," he said.

Nintendo's stock price jumped in September after Chinese internet giant announced that its online multiplayer game Arena of Valor is coming to Switch. Sources told The Wall Street Journal at the time that investors are happy about this because it could be a signal that Nintendo will work with local companies to bring the Switch and its mobile games to China.

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naryanrobinson

I saw it coming. I'm in Fujian province and it's been on Chinese forums and blogposts for weeks.

Also, you should see the price of Steam games over here. Their default cost is about 50% cheaper across the board.

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leeko_link

Nvidia Shield is the Nintendo Switch in China.

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dragonsama

This! This is the thing that Nintendo should be doing. Port their games to other platforms and drop out of the hardware business.

The Shield runs on Android so it wouldn't be too hard to port to PC at least.

Really hope these come stateside.

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AHYL88

@dragonsama: Nintendo dropping out of hardware will not happen anytime soon so stop saying rubbish like that; while releasing these games for the Shield is surprising, it's somewhat expected when you think about it due to the partnership with Nvidia. And it's China only, a country that is not sold on the PS4 or Xbox One, and is more PC and mobile oriented.

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leeko_link

@dragonsama: What and let Sony and Microsoft take all the cash, ha like Nintendo will ever let that happen. Nintendo are the master of hardware, they built things to last and back them up with wonderful games from their sea of colorful IPs. Sony and Microsoft hardware are not built with Mario and Zelda in mind and Nintendo only does this in China cause China still had that ban on videogame hardware. Nintendo took the easy way and does it through Nvidia cause in China they don't considered the Nvidia Shield as a videogame machine.

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Redsyrup

I'm surprised Gamespot didn't speculate (at all) that these ports might be related to a Switch iGPU contract with Nvidia.

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cornbredx

That is because, as we know, China don't care.

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mundus

Switch uses the same architecture as Nvidia shield. So you know what this means right? Eventually they will be on Switch which is exactly what we want. I want to be able to play Mario Galaxy 1-2, Zelda TP HD and WindWaker HD on my switch. Make it happen Nintendo.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@mundus: Too bad Shield TV can play games in 4k and Switch can't :/

Anyway they'd better make it happen. Also let those games support stereoscopic 3D. I'd love to play Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime in 3D without emulators.

Wonder how long until someone gets a Shield to run Switch games

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leeko_link

@girlusocrazy: If Nvidia is also responsible for making the Switch you bet in a year or two the Switch will be in 4K in no time. Nintendo is just baby-stepping again, in a few years time they will be upgrading the Switch little by little just like the countless Game Boy, DS, and 3DS that they had been doing for years.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@leeko_link: Yeah maybe you're right

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Lach0121

@mundus: This, so much this!

Also include Super Mario Bros 3D, Super Mario WiiU, Metroid Prime Trilogy, and Skyward Sword HD.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@stentartudge: While you're at it everyone donate PayPal to girlusocrzy on gmail do it I mean you got all that extra dough

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VGDork

Time to dust off that old eBay account!

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chiefwiggum16

wtf?

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NaturallyEvil

So the lesson here is that if we pirate Nintendo's games as much as humanly possible, then they will eventually release official PC versions.

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catsimboy

@NaturallyEvil: And live in a smoggy hellhole under a strict Communist regime.

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Hoffymann07

I live in China and the Switch is definitely here.

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lebanese_boy

@Hoffymann07: I think they meant not officially.