The Nvidia Shield TV launches in China with select Nintendo GameCube and Wii Games
The Nvidia Shield TV is an Android-powered gaming device made by Nvidia that uses an in-house processor, the Tegra, and an Nvidia-designed Kepler GPU. It uses those enhanced processing capabilities to run games like Half-Life 2 and Portal, and stream games from an Nvidia=powered PC using Nvidia GameStream. And in the coming months, its limits will be pushed further with new games from Nintendo in China.
Thanks to a partnership between Nvidia, iQiyi, and Nintendo, you’ll soon see HD Nintendo games from the Wii on the Nvidia Shield TV. They’re exclusive to China, and include the New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, PUNCH-OUT!! and Metroid Prime.
The Nvidia Shield TV in China is a slightly different beast than in the West. Its voice search feature is powered by AI Baidu, and its content is highly localized for the Chinese market. New Super Mario Bros., Twilight Princess, and PUNCH-OUT!! are available on supported Shield TV devices now, and they cost about 68 RMB, or $10 each.
Here’s the press release from Nvidia:
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. 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.
SHIELD owners in China will be able to download and play select Wii and Nintendo GameCube titles, with others coming soon – among them,Super Mario Galaxy. These amazing games have been provided to NVIDIA under license.
Customized for the China market, SHIELD is a completely localized device, with local content, store, search and more. SHIELD will bring Chinese customers a brand-new experience in gaming, AI and home entertainment with Baidu’s DuerOS conversational AI system and abundant entertainment options from iQIYI.
Interestingly, it’s not the first time Nvidia and Nintendo have teamed up like this. Nvidia’s Tegra powers the somewhat recently launched Nintendo Switch, one of their more successful consoles in recent years.
What do you think? Are you interested in playing Nintendo GameCube or Wii games on the NVIDIA Shield?