Mario & Zelda games heading to the Nvidia Shield in China


In an unprecedented collaboration for Nintendo, it's working with Nvidia to port a selection of Wii and GameCube games to the Android-powered Shield TV for today's release in China.

Seeing as how it would be kind of silly to suddenly release the Wii in China, I guess using a partnership with Nvidia makes the most sense for Nintendo. Ahmad notes that Nvidia Shield would sell for RMB 1499 (about $227), while the titles would be priced around RMB 68 each.

There's more video of NSMB in action here. In 2003, the company partnered with iQue, a home electronics maker that developed a device capable of bypassing the legislation that banned console games. Nintendo will also be adding Super Mario Galaxy to the SHIELD in 2018.

As of now, not much information is available on the Shield version, which is available in China.

Analyst Daniel Ahmad reports that the Shield will feature official ports of titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros Wii and Punch-Out. 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 might consider launching new titles after seeing the performance of the current titles.

The release is an important one as Nintendo has yet to officially release the Switch in China.

If you pick up a Chinese Shield TV, you'll be able to play New Super Mario Bros.

The Nvidia Shield would come with a special gamepad.

However, this isn't the only partnership Nintendo secured for China. Now we'll be those limits pushed even further with new games from Nintendo, at least in China anyway. Wii again. Be sure to check it out if you haven't already.