Yesterday it was revealed that Nintendo and Nvidia have partnered up to offer older Wii games on the Nvidia Shield console in China. Now we know that GameCube games will also be part of the offering
What’s more, the games will run natively on the Shield and will all run at 1080p.
So far the games that are confirmed are New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Punch-Out!!, and Super Mario Galaxy. All have been remastered in 1080p on the Shield console.
Here’s a statement from Nvidia about the new partnership:
“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.”
Many have wondered if this could be the beginning of Nintendo releasing its old games on a console such as the Shield.
Since games like Mario Galaxy aren’t earning any real revenue for Nintendo — no one is buying the Wii and there is no Virtual Console option on the Switch, it would not only be a way for Nintendo to monetize their old Wii games, but also introduce its characters to a new audience. Who could eventually go and upgrade to the Switch.
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