NVIDIA and Nintendo have announced something this week that will make retro gamers very happy (at least in China). Coinciding with the launch of the NVIDIA SHIELD in China, some remastered old-school Nintendo video games are being added to the console. The games are from the Wii and the GameCube eras and include New Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Punch-Out.
All three of those games are remastered in 1080p and are available on the Chinese version of the SHIELD. Nintendo will also be adding Super Mario Galaxy to the SHIELD in 2018. There is no word on if these games will come to the SHIELD in other countries (like the United States).
"NVIDIA and Nintendo Co., Ltd. have reached a licensing agreement to bring select game content to SHIELD, available for the Chinese market. The chosen Wii and Nintendo GameCube games have been long anticipated by Chinese players," wrote NVIDIA. "These masterpiece titles, which have been provided to NVIDIA under license, will be remastered and presented in 1080p on SHIELD. At launch, select Nintendo games will include, New Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and PUNCH-OUT!!. Additional Nintendo titles, such as Super Mario Galaxy, will come to SHIELD in 2018."
The SHIELD for China has been customized for the region according to NVIDIA and it features local content, app store, and search tailored for Chinese customers. The Chinese version of the gadget also supports AI and home entertainment using Baidu's DuerOS conversational AI system.
There are also entertainment options from iQIYI. Along with these Nintendo games will also come a remastered version of Chinese Paladin 5. The starting lineup of Android games on the console includes Contrast, Naughty Kitties, The Bridge, The Great Wobo Escape, BeatBuddy, Star Horizon, Heckabomb, Chariot, and Stockpiled. The SHIELD in China will sell for 1,499 RMB including the Chinese Paladin 5 game and a 3-month iGIYI membership. The latest version of the NVIDIA SHIELD launched in the U.S. back in September.