Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Nintendo is porting Wii games in HD to NVIDIA Shield

Nintendo is porting Wii games in HD to NVIDIA Shield

What's notable about this launch, though, is the inclusion of ported Nintendo games on the Shield.

Daniel Ahmed recently shared a trailer on Twitter for the Shield TV in China, and sure enough, it highlights games such as Super Mario Bros Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princes, and Punch Out!. Now, according to a report from Nintendo Wire, the Shield TV will soon pick up certain Wii titles.

There's more video of NSMB in action here. The confirmed titles so far include Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, New Super Mario Bros.

The games are only available through the Nvidia Shield console, and will be available "soon".

This isn't the first time Nintendo games have made it onto non-Nintendo hardware-or even the first time Nintendo has released games in China since the ban. For players looking for the motion-based controls, a Wii-style remote is also possibly coming with the Shield to capture motion-style play. The device works by streaming content from the internet or directly from your computer. But then again, Nintendo isn't re-releasing Wii games for its current platforms - again, not yet, anyway - so this could open up a new audience with classic games.

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Saying that, Nintendo does have a bit of an emulation problem, which official support would likely address. Just look at Kellogg's Super Mario Cereal.

While these ports are exclusive to the Chinese Nvidia Shield, they could very well determine the future of Nintendo.

Nintendo, an over 100-year-old Japanese game company, has worked around China's restrictions in the past by partnering with a Chinese company named iQue.

We'll see what happens in the months ahead, but, yeah, we'd totally be down with playing Punch-Out!

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