In what amounts to an unprecedented move, Nintendo has struck an agreement to provide its own first-party software for Nvidia’s Shield handheld gaming device in China. Games coming to the Nvidia Shield include New Super Mario Bros Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight: Twilight Princess and Super Punch-Out, each remastered in high definition at 1080p screen resolution.
Upcoming games for the Nvidia Shield include Super Mario Galaxy, with more “Coming Soon”. “Extending the business relationship that brought NVIDIA technology to Nintendo Switch, some of Nintendo's most beloved Wii and Nintendo GameCube titles are officially headed to China for the first time,” reads the press release. “New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and PUNCH-OUT!! are remastered in 1080p and available on the China version of NVIDIA SHIELD, released today."
The line-up is a mix of Gamecube and Wii games that have never been released on anything but official Nintendo hardware, making this quite a seismic shift in how Nintendo goes about its business. The downside for us is that this deal is currently exclusive to China, a territory which has had notoriously strict restrictions on gaming. It’ll be the first time any of these games has launched in China.
Here is the official trailer and store page for Nvidia Shield in China pic.twitter.com/WAn9otELoD
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It’s difficult to envisage this partnership making its way out of China, at least in the short term, but it is evidence of a growing commitment from Nintendo to release its games on other devices. The last year has seen a steady stream of mobile games from the Japanese powerhouse, while you-scratch-my-back I’ll-scratch-yours partnership between Nvidia, Nintendo, the Switch and the Shield seems to be paying dividends.
Who knows though, perhaps it could be the start of something larger? Nintendo bringing its newer Switch titles to other platforms is unthinkable, but when it's got this huge back catalogue of greats just lying dormant there could be a great opportunity to get them into more hands. What are your thoughts?