Nintendo games remastered for Nvidia Shield in China

Gwen Vasquez
December 6, 2017

In most places, you need to get Nintendo hardware to play Nintendo console games. Nvidia is teaming up with Nintendo to launch the Shield Android TV box in China with an assortment of games from the Wii and Gamecube.

Though these releases are limited to China, the very fact that first-party Nintendo games are up and running in HD on the Shield TV will no doubt intrigue fans elsewhere.

The NVIDIA Shield sells for around 1,499 RMB, or $227, while each of the Nintendo games costs around 68 RMB or $10. Metroid Prime is also supposedly in development. The Shield is the only Android TV device with any kind of market share right now.

All communications between Nintendo and Nvidia showed that the update to Shield is specifically targeted for China.

All three of those games are remastered in 1080p and are available on the Chinese version of the SHIELD. 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. It retails for around $200 in the United States, and ships with a remote control and a game controller.

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If you want a demonstration of how games will work on the device, check out Ahmad's video of Twilight Princess below. Either way, it's an encouraging sign to see Nintendo break from tradition and allow its games to legally and officially appear on a console that it didn't make and release itself.

Nintendo and Nvidia's relationship is extending beyond the latter company providing the guts for the former's so-far successful Switch.

Here's another gameplay video, with New Super Mario Bros.

The Nvidia Shield would come with a special gamepad.

We'll see what happens in the months ahead, but, yeah, we'd totally be down with playing Punch-Out!

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