Ahmad also posted footage of titles running on the Shield, adding that the device costs RMB 1499 (£169 / $226 /AU$300) while Nintendo games cost RMB 68 (around £8 / $10 / AU$13). Who wouldn't want to play Twilight Princess in 1080p, though?
Nvidia and Nintendo are partners on the Switch, which uses Nvidia's technology. "It will run popular PC games as well as Nintendo Wii games such as Mario Galaxy, Twilight Princess and Punch out", read a tweet from Ahmad. Support for 4K HDR content allows your movies and TV shows to look as good as possible, and access to the NVIDIA Games channel turns the streaming box into a decent little gaming system.
This all comes to be thanks to an official partnership between Nvidia, Nintendo and Chinese firm iQiyi. However, since Nintendo games were placed on the Nvidia Shield to, as Ahmend puts it, "strengthen the position of [Nintendo, Nvidia, and iQiyi] in gaming segment in China", one would expect Nintendo to bring its A game and make the ports as smooth as possible.
If you pick up a Chinese Shield TV, you'll be able to play New Super Mario Bros.
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It's a notable move for both companies, as (smartphone games aside) Nintendo hasn't generally made its games available on non-Nintendo hardware - let alone first-party properties like Mario and Zelda.
Nintendo has yet to launch the Switch in China, so this may simply be a stopgap until it can get its new hybrid console on the market. It has been created to work with Baidu's DuerOS conversational artificial intelligence (AI) system and entertainment options from IQIYI. As for the Super Mario Galaxy, it will be ready soon although there is no timeline provided. However, this isn't the only partnership Nintendo secured for China.
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.