Nintendo and Nvidia team up to bring Gamecube and Wii classics to the Shield TV in China

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Update

It is not entirely clear whether those games are part of Nvidia’s Geforce Now streaming service or native apps. The official Nvidia PR speaks of download titles whereas the games are listed under Geforce Now on Nvidia’s chinese website.

Edit: Nvidia confirmed they are ports and that the listing under Geforce Now is a mistake.


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Earlier this year Industry Specialist Daniel Ahmad forsaw a content sharing agreement between Nintendo and Nvidia that would allow them to publish old Wii and Gamecube games on the Nvidia Shield TV in China.

He was right as games like Twilight Princess and New Super Mario Bros Wii are now available for purchase (~$10 each) on the chinese Shield store. They are rendered in 1080p. Super Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime are scheduled for release at some point in the future. A short demo of Twilight Princess running on the Shield TV can be watched here. For New Super Mario Bros, go here.

Daniel Ahmad says that localization plans for the west are unlikely because the agreement was always supposed to be for China only.

Below is Nvidia’s official PR on the matter:

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.

:arrow: Source (Engadget)
:arrow: Source (Twitter)
 
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Interesting news. I doubt it'll be an emulator, as powerful as the Shield TV is, the CPU cores it uses aren't exactly "GC/Wii, perfect emulation" powerful. I expect these will be ports, and if these are ports, it's likely they may come to the Switch as well.
 
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Nintendo games on another console?

Nvidia partnering with Nintendo.

This is massive. China is massive. I wonder if anything like this is (will be) happening in India. These are the big markets.

One day what happens there will be the future. Are we seeing that now?
 

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Nintendo games on another console?

Nvidia partnering with Nintendo.

This is massive. China is massive. I wonder if anything like this is (will be) happening in India. These are the big markets.

One day what happens there will be the future. Are we seeing that now?
I doubt it'll come to anywhere else, China usually gets a separate, "unique" treatment from Nintendo when it comes to releasing games and such there. Previously they had to use the iQue brand to bring video games over to China (which is a subsidiary of Nintendo, but it had to be created regardless strictly for the China market). The Switch is like...the first actually Nintendo branded console to be releasing in China for ages (won't be until 2018 or 2019, but still a pretty big deal).
 
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I'm guessing it either will be emulation or Nintendo is writing a converter program to translate their PPC games to ARM

We WILL see these on Switch at some point, this is essentially Nintendo saying "we don't have to release an iQue in China this generation"
 

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This is huge news. I did not see that coming.
I wonder how long before someone gets these working on any flagship Android device in any region. It's only a matter of time.
I think this all but confirms that Wii/GC titles will head to the Switch. :)
Nice..
Most likely yes. This is probably just their testbed for perfecting the emulator before they release it on Switch.
 

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This is huge news. I did not see that coming.
I wonder how long before someone gets these working on any flagship Android device in any region. It's only a matter of time.

Most likely yes. This is probably just their testbed for perfecting the emulator before they release it on Switch.
I'm doubtful these are emulated. For a few reasons.. Number one being the button layout in Twilight Princess shown in the video.. A on the bottom of the 4 face buttons?
 

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I'm doubtful these are emulated. For a few reasons.. Number one being the button layout in Twilight Princess shown in the video.. A on the bottom of the 4 face buttons?
The xenoblade hd texture packs also include options to change the control icons from classic controller buttons to xbox or playstaion-styled icons, see
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They say the games are remastered, not emulated. Maybe they are comming to Switch too, but not likely using emulation.
 

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basically nintendo want to sanction nvidia to do the leg work to port more old titles but to the shield, if it goes well (with it been the same structure as the switch) nintendo will then port it over.

if its a fuckfest and bag o wank no harm done to nintendo's little reputation, i mean we all know how lacking the switch is when it comes to games or being able to run todays games, it would make them a massive laughing stock if they tried to port older consoles to it and failed.

i actually have a custom 3DS/VITA like android set up to run n64/gc and does pretty well (as well as other systems), so if this whole WOW I CAN NOW PLAY GC/N64 AND OTHER OLD NINTENDO GAMES ON THE MOVE........ erm yea so can I, tell me somtin new..... ohhh wait the only new titles switch will get is basic shovelware.
 

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basically nintendo want to sanction nvidia to do the leg work to port more old titles but to the shield, if it goes well (with it been the same structure as the switch) nintendo will then port it over.

if its a fuckfest and bag o wank no harm done to nintendo's little reputation, i mean we all know how lacking the switch is when it comes to games or being able to run todays games, it would make them a massive laughing stock if they tried to port older consoles to it and failed.

i actually have a custom 3DS/VITA like android set up to run n64/gc and does pretty well (as well as other systems), so if this whole WOW I CAN NOW PLAY GC/N64 AND OTHER OLD NINTENDO GAMES ON THE MOVE........ erm yea so can I, tell me somtin new..... ohhh wait the only new titles switch will get is basic shovelware.
Coming from the guy that thinks playing on bigger screens uses more RAM. Okie dokie.
 
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basically nintendo want to sanction nvidia to do the leg work to port more old titles but to the shield, if it goes well (with it been the same structure as the switch) nintendo will then port it over.

if its a fuckfest and bag o wank no harm done to nintendo's little reputation, i mean we all know how lacking the switch is when it comes to games or being able to run todays games, it would make them a massive laughing stock if they tried to port older consoles to it and failed.

i actually have a custom 3DS/VITA like android set up to run n64/gc and does pretty well (as well as other systems), so if this whole WOW I CAN NOW PLAY GC/N64 AND OTHER OLD NINTENDO GAMES ON THE MOVE........ erm yea so can I, tell me somtin new..... ohhh wait the only new titles switch will get is basic shovelware.
I think u should take a look at every single console first year before opening your mouth. Yeah, even your precious 3DS and VITA, especially them.
 

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I think u should take a look at every single console first year before opening your mouth. Yeah, even your precious 3DS and VITA, especially them.
that means what exactly?

the 3ds more known for shovelware shit.

the vita a dead system

so you agreeing that nintendo switch is the same, sorry im confused, your slating the 3DS/VITA for having shovelware and old ports in an attempt to claim the switch isnt?

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Coming from the guy that thinks playing on bigger screens uses more RAM. Okie dokie.
playing a game at a higher resolution yea.... but either way your arguement here is linking to another topic which is another old shit port of a game that switch has issues with in portible mode.......


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point being?
 

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