Super Mario Galaxy Launches With Other Wii Games On Nvidia Shield

In China. Just in China y'all.

News by Mike Williams, .

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?

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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #1 SIGGYZtar 11 months ago
    It is definitely not the first time someone bought or imported a console to play a certain set of video games.
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #2 Wellman2nd 11 months ago
    I guess this is like th iQ or whatever Chinese console version of the GC or N64 Nintendo partnered to put out a few years ago. Best of luck to them.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #3 Roto13 11 months ago
    I wonder how they're going to deal with Mario Galaxy's pointer controls.
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  • Avatar for matthewcooley77 #4 matthewcooley77 11 months ago
    @Roto13 and if they've dealt with them, hopefully it makes it that much easier to bring the Galaxy games to the Switch.
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  • Avatar for docexe #5 docexe 11 months ago
    I think it's only a matter of time before we see these ports on Switch, what with both platforms using the same kind of processor.

    I'm surprised by the degree of Nintendo's partnership with Nvidia here. I think Kimishima did mentioned something about a strategy to crack the Chinese market, but it's still surprising to see them release these kind of games in non proprietary hardware.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #6 SIGGYZtar 11 months ago
    If Nintendo is going to make these games available on the Switch, they're gonna have to turn on Hard Drive Support on the Switch Dock.
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