Nintendo brings HD Wii games to China’s Nvidia Shield—is Switch next?
Nvidia's Shield set-top TV box launches in China today with the same kinds of Android-based games and video-streaming capabilities familiar to owners in the West. But that foreign launch also comes with an unexpected addition exclusive to the new market: remastered, 1080p HD version of select Nintendo Wii games.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and the Wii version of Punch-Out!! are all available to Chinese Shield TV owners for 68 RMB (about $10), with Super Mario Galaxy "coming soon," according to a press release and introductory trailer.
This marks the first time in decades that direct ports of major first-party Nintendo games have appeared on hardware not made by Nintendo. It's also the first official HD remastering for some of these 480p Wii games anywhere in the world (though Twilight Princess previously got the HD treatment on the Wii U). And the Shield TV titles mark Nintendo's first effort to bring its home console games to mainland China since the Nintendo iQue Player, which got around China's early 2000s ban on game consoles by playing only a handful of N64 titles.