Nvidia announced Monday that it has teamed up with Nintendo to release some of its Wii and Gamecube games for the first time in the gamer-rich country of China. The partnership will allow certain Nintendo Wii games to run on the NVIDIA Shield.
As revealed by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and PUNCH-OUT!! As well as Metroid Prime are now available for the Shield in 1080p. Metroid Prime and Super Mario Galaxy are not currently available but will come soon.
Ahmad provided some pricing information with the videos of Nintendo games running on the Shield. According to Ahmad, in China Nvidia Shield will cost 1499 RMB (about $226), while each individual Nintendo games going for 68 RMB (about $10).
There are more than 300 million gamers in China according to the estimation, so it’s obvious that Nintendo would wish to bring some of its games to the market.
The deal involved a partnership between Nintendo, Nvidia, and the Chinese online platform iQiyi.
Tatsumi Kimishima, a Japanese businessman and the current president of Nintendo says, “We have previously researched the possibility of selling our products in China, and that effort continues as we consider bringing Nintendo Switch to the Chinese market.”
The companies are not revealing much information on the Shield that’s available in China but it is definitely different from the US version.