The Nintendo and Nvidia partnership that began with the development of the Nintendo Switch is proceeding to the next stage. Nintendo will be offering a selection of Wii titles for the Android-powered Nvidia Shield in China. An article by Chinese site GamerSky shows Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, New Super Mario Bros Wii, and Punch-Out!! as the first games making the transition.
A store page makes a point of the Wii titles running in 1080p, something they could not do on their original platforms. There's no way to tell if there are any additional post-processing effects added to the ports. The Nvidia Shield will cost 1,499 RMB ($226) in the region.
The Nvidia Shield is coming to China via a deal between Nvidia, Nintendo, and iQiyi, a Chinese distribution company. The latter is key, as releasing consoles in China is a tough affair, subject to heavy regulation and usually requiring that foreign vendors go through a local distributor.
The site actually lists Nintendo offerings as GameCube and Wii ports. Given the Shield-like Nintendo Switch, could this mean Nintendo is relatively close to offering GameCube or Wii titles on the console?