Super Mario Galaxy Out Now For Nvidia Shield, But Only In China
Mario's first Wii adventure is now available in China.
Following its announced partnership with Nvidia back in December, Nintendo has released another title for the Nvidia Shield. Mario's masterful Wii adventure Super Mario Galaxy has now launched for the set-top console--but like all of Nintendo's other planned games for the Shield, it's only available in China.
The Chinese Nvidia Shield website (via ResetEra member Jonneh) shared a bit more information about the title. One of the biggest questions surrounding this port was how the game's controls would translate to the Shield's controller, since many of Mario's most crucial actions in the game--such as performing a spin attack and activating star launchers--were handled by shaking the Wii Remote.
Running the Nvidia website through Google Translate reveals that spinning in the Shield version of Super Mario Galaxy is performed by pressing the X button. Judging from the game's trailer (via YouTube channel Chinese Nintendo), maneuvering the star cursor now appears to be handled using one of the controller's analog sticks.
Nintendo announced it was partnering with Nvidia to bring select Wii and GameCube titles to the Shield in China last year. In addition to Super Mario Galaxy, other games for the set-top console include The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and the Wii reboot of Punch-Out. Nvidia has said the games are playable in HD; both Galaxy and New Super Mario Bros. Wii at least are confirmed to run at 1080p.
If you happen to live in China, the Nvidia Shield runs for RMB 1499 ($227), while Wii games on the system cost RMB 68 ($10). However, this partnership will likely remain exclusive to China permanently, so don't expect to see Nintendo's titles appear on the Shield in other regions any time soon.
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