Since then Bloomberg has confirmed that Nvidia started selling the Shield set top box in China December 5th, with three Nintendo games pre-installed: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, New Super Mario Bros. Since the Wii games are not available on the Nintendo Switch, Shield could turn out to be the best alternative.
Thanks to a partnership between Nvidia, iQiyi, and Nintendo, you'll soon see HD Nintendo games from the now eleven years old Wii on the Nvidia Shield, but with a catch.
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What's notable about this launch, though, is the inclusion of ported Nintendo games on the Shield. As with the global edition of the Shield, it can run some of the more popular PC games and Nintendo Wii games.
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For the first time ever, Nintendo Co.'s games will be playable on gaming hardware that wasn't made by the Japanese company.
Yesterday, industry analyst Daniel tweeted that the Nvidia Shield, a microconsole that can stream television shows and PC games to a television, is finally coming to China for the low price of RMB 1499 (approximately $226.45). New Super Mario Bros.
The video games market in China was valued at $24bn (£18bn) in 2016. It's more than likely that Nintendo's partnership with Nvidia is a way for the console manufacturer to crack a notoriously hard market for consoles. It is described as "a completely localized device, with local content, store, search and more", and includes Baidu's DuerOS conversational AI (voice) system.
Tapping China could be a masterstroke from Nintendo, given the fact that it is reportedly home to over 300 million gamers.