Nintendo Games Are Coming to China Via the Nvidia Shield

Source: Nintendo

Nintendo has been around a long time, but the company has failed to crack the Chinese market in a big way. This could soon change as the for the first time, several of Nintendo’s GameCube and Wii games are traveling to the mainland.

The exciting thing about these Nintendo games is the fact they will not be powered by an official system from the company, but instead, via the Nvidia Shield instead. Yes, you’ve read correctly, GameCube and Wii games are coming to the Shield, but only in China.

Source: NVIDIA

The first set of titles are New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and PUNCH-OUT!!, some of the best video games of all time. We understand the titles are available in full 1080p resolution, and others such as Super Mario Galaxy are on the horizon.

Someone who goes by the name Daniel Ahmad, posted several videos of games running on the Nvidia Shield, and you know what? They look great in action.

How much do the Shield and games cost in China?

A report from Weibo claims the Shield is going for $226, while each game will cost around $10. That’s not bad, and not to mention, the games are outstanding.

Now then, if you’re expecting to Nintendo and Nvidia to bring a similar deal outside of China, well, don’t hold your breath. This is all about the Japanese video game giant making moves to crack the Chinese market, and they are using the Shield to do it.

It’s win-win situation between the two companies, and only time will tell how far it goes. Chances are if Nintendo releases its own hardware in the country at a later date, then this partnership with Nvidia will cease to exist.


Extending the business relationship that brought NVIDIA technology to Nintendo Switch, some of Nintendo’s most beloved Wii and Nintendo GameCube titles are officially headed to China for the first time. New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and PUNCH-OUT!! are remastered in 1080p and available on the China version of NVIDIA SHIELD, released today.

SHIELD owners in China will be able to download and play select Wii and Nintendo GameCube titles, with others coming soon – among them,Super Mario Galaxy. These amazing games have been provided to NVIDIA under license.

Customized for the China market, SHIELD is a completely localized device, with local content, store, search and more. SHIELD will bring Chinese customers a brand-new experience in gaming, AI and home entertainment with Baidu’s DuerOS conversational AI system and abundant entertainment options from iQIYI.

The downside to all of this is the fact that the games won’t be running natively from the Shield, but instead from Nvidia’s streaming platform, Geforce.