Nintendo brings Wii and GameCube titles to Nvidia Shield in China

Yolanda Curtis
December 5, 2017

In what appears to be an unexpected move, tech company Nvidia has announced that, in a partnership with Nintendo, select Gamecube and Wii games will be available to play on the Android gaming device Nvidia Shield in China.

Nintendo and Nvidia's relationship is extending beyond the latter company providing the guts for the former's so-far successful Switch. Games like Super Mario Galaxy are listed as "coming soon" too.

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All three of those games are remastered in 1080p and are available on the Chinese version of the SHIELD.

Nintendo hasn't released the Switch in China, and historically doesn't directly offer its consoles for sale in the market; a subsidiary called iQue has handled China-specific variants of handheld consoles as well as a version of the N64 back in 2003. Unfortunately, it seems that this will likely remain China-exclusive permanently, as all communications from Nvidia and Nintendo indicate that it's specifically targeted at Chinese audiences. Coinciding with the launch of the NVIDIA SHIELD in China, some remastered old-school Nintendo video games are being added to the console.

With China not allowing Google services in their country, the Shield will include streaming services, a store and a smart assistant that are developed by local partners in China.

The NVIDIA Shield TV is now the best way to experience Android TV.

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