Super Mario Galaxy And Other Wii Games Getting HD Releases...In China

Nintendo Wii And GameCube Games Are Being Remastered For Nvidia Shield--But Only In China

Nvidia and Nintendo announced they will be partnering to deliver Wii and GameCube titles to China via the Nvidia Shield. While they aren't the most modern Nintendo games, the initial batch of titles are some of the best the firm has to offer, such as New Super Mario Bros. We're not jealous at all.

The catch, however, is that the game are unlikely to ever officially appear outside of China.

While Nintendo Switch owners patiently wait for signs that the company will bring its traditional Virtual Console to the platform, Nvidia Shield users will be getting treated to a selection of Wii titles. Of course, this raises the question how these games, designed for waggle-tastic Wii Remote, play on a console with a standard, non-motion controlled controller, and only time will tell if these are good or bad ports. Twilight Princess and Punch-Out! in 1080p. Not only are the emulators available for its entire back catalogue of machines, but even Wii U games now run pretty smoothly on high-end PC gaming rigs thanks to the popular (and, it must be said, quite complicated) CEMU emulation software. The latter two companies previously worked together in bringing the Nintendo Switch to life using the Nvidia Tegra processing chip to handle the device.

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And now New Super Mario Bros. It is described as "a completely localized device, with local content, store, search and more", and includes Baidu's DuerOS conversational AI (voice) system.

It's a significant shift for Nintendo, which has kept its home-grown games exclusively for its own home and handheld consoles since the early 1980s.

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.

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