Nintendo is porting Wii games in HD to NVIDIA Shield

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Nvidia is bringing the Shield to China and it's teaming up with Nintendo to make it a platform for Wii and GameCube games in the country. Nvidia specifically points out New Super Mario Bros Wii, PUNCH-OUT! This, then, is a significant step into Chinese living rooms for Nintendo.

"The deal allows Nintendo to test its older content on the Chinese consumer and to accrue useful data on usage of those games".

The titles' release come as Nintendo faces pressure to grow revenue and profits. A long-lasting ban on consoles, which was lifted in 2015, prevented Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft from reaching consumers there. These incredible games have been provided to NVIDIA under license. He said efforts to bring its new Nintendo Switch hybrid console to China continues independently of its partnership with Nvidia. All these games are running in HD and cost a mere $10 each (RMB 68). Instead, mainland China is dominated by personal-computer and mobile gaming titles such as Playerunknown's Battlegrounds and Honour of Kings.

Meanwhile, China marks an opportunity for Nintendo. The Nintendo Switch has generated rave reviews and promising sales. That spurred speculation the Chinese web and gaming giant will help Nintendo tap the mainland market. To crack China, Nintendo will need a hefty power-up.

The Nvidia Shield actually comes with a special gamepad that would make these games play easily, but for those that prefer motion-based controls, like the Wii originally offered, there appears to be a Wii-style remote included with the Shield that can capture motion-style play. It's similar to a tablet, but is capable of better graphics and can be connected to a TV and played with a controller. Bloomberg spoke with analyst Hideki Yasuda, of the Ace Research Institute, who suspects it's a ploy by Nintendo to increase brand awareness in China.

Nintendo hasn't released the Switch in China, and historically doesn't directly offer its consoles for sale in the market; a subsidiary called iQue has handled China-specific variants of handheld consoles as well as a version of the N64 back in 2003.

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