Through a licensing deal with the chip manufacturer
Nvidia, Nintendo is bringing major Wii and GameCube games to
The games are available through only the Nvidia Shield
console and will be available “soon.”
It’s unclear whether the games will be available on
Android or iPhone in other parts of the world.
Major entries in the “Super Mario” and “Legend of Zelda”
franchises are heading to Android for the first time.
In a surprising move, the Japanese gaming powerhouse Nintendo
said it would license major Wii and GameCube games to the chip
manufacturer Nvidia. They aren’t going to Android smartphones,
though, but the Android-powered Nvidia Shield set-top box, and
they’ll be available only in China.
The only GameCube title announced thus far is “Super Mario
Galaxy.” There will be a handful of Wii games, including “The
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess,” “New Super Mario Bros.,” and
“Punch-Out!!” More games are said to be “coming soon.”
The games are download-only, of course — the Nvidia Shield
console is similar to a Roku or Apple TV in that it’s a small box
unable to read physical media. Instead, you download or stream
games, media, and music to the box through the internet.
In the case of the Shield, which is already available elsewhere
in the world, Nvidia gave it more of a gaming bent. There’s an
official gamepad, for instance, in addition to the standard
remote control. You can also stream games to the console from
your PC using Nvidia’s software.
When the Shield — which costs about $225 — arrives in China, Wii
games will cost about $10. It’s unclear how much GameCube games
The news isn’t just a big deal for Nintendo fans in China, but
for the company itself.
Game companies have a notoriously fraught relationship with the
Chinese market, and the sale or distribution of many consoles in
China isn’t allowed because of governmental restrictions.
complicated.) Nintendo has in the past worked around them by
partnering with a Chinese company
Similarly, Nintendo is partnering here with both Nvidia and the
streaming-video platform iQiyi to release its games in China
— a smart move that enables Nintendo to push into one of the
world’s largest gaming markets.
Check out a video of the Shield running Nintendo games: