Nvidia Corp. launched Shield, its streaming box for TV, video and games, in China and has teamed up with Japanese gaming giant Nintendo Co. Ltd. to bring select Wii and GameCube games to the device, according to Engadget, citing a statement from Nvidia.
Nvidia confirmed that games including "New Super Mario Bros. Wii," "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" and "PUNCH-OUT!!" have been remastered for the China version of the Shield in 1080p, according to the report. Others games including "Super Mario Galaxy" are reportedly "coming soon."
According to Nvidia's statement, Shield is made specifically for the Chinese market and comes with "local content, store, search and more."
The device, which is both a streamer and a console, operates through Baidu Inc.'s DuerOS conversational AI system instead of Google Inc.'s Android system, since China does not allow Google services, VentureBeat reported. Shield users will have access to Baidu's video streaming platform iQiyi.
Nintendo's decision to open its games to a rival console marks a significant shift in its decades-long strategy of keeping its home-grown games exclusively for its consoles and took industry experts by surprise, according to reports by Bloomberg News and the Financial Times (London).
The move, however, is limited only to China and the Nvidia Shield and does not reflect a broader shift in strategy, Bloomberg News added, citing a Nintendo spokesperson.
The spokesperson said that Nintendo's plans to bring its Switch console to China will continue independently of its partnership with Nvidia, whose technology powers the Switch.
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