Nintendo Wii Games Coming to NVIDIA Shield in China

Nintendo Wii Games Coming to NVIDIA Shield in China

In a new initiative limited to China, Nintendo has begun distributing classic Wii and Gamecube titles through Nvidia Corp.'s gaming tablet Shield, the Kyoto-based game maker said in a statement. The games cost RMB 68, which translates to around $10 a piece.

There's more video of NSMB in action here.

It's unlikely that the partnership will ever expand beyond China as it's simply a fast and low risk way for Nintendo to enter the Chinese market and give its games a foothold. All of the official communications about the deal stress that it's specifically for the Chinese market, so don't go expecting Nintendo to roll out official PC support elsewhere in the world. The NVIDIA Shield, which launched today in China, will make Nintendo games such as New Mario Bros. The super popular Nintendo Switch actually uses a modified version of the Tegra chip found in the Shield-which means Nintendo coders are already very familiar with the architecture the games would need to be ported to.

The companies have yet not clarified how the games will be updated for the Shield.

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And now New Super Mario Bros. It has been created to work with Baidu's DuerOS conversational artificial intelligence (AI) system and entertainment options from IQIYI. The company further confirmed that Super Mario Galaxy will arrive on the Shield soon alongside other titles from both consoles.

Unfortunately, all signs point to this being a permanent exclusive for China, as Nintendo has never even begun to hint at its games being made available on other platforms in the West.

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.

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