The Nvidia Shield is getting ports of certain Nintendo Wii games in China


In today’s surprising video game crossover news, it appears that a China-exclusive deal with Nintendo and Chinese company iQiyi will allow several GameCube and Wii titles to appear on the Nvidia Shield. 

That means games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and New Super Mario Bros. Wii will be making their debut on the Shield, which is a pretty crazy concept to wrap your head around. It also marks the first time these games will have been supported in China, ever. 

Analyst Daniel Ahmad shared some gameplay footage of Twilight Princess, which he stated was running on the Shield in “HD,” though he wasn’t sure what exactly that meant in terms of visual fidelity. As it turns out, the game will run at 1080p.

As far as additional Nintendo titles coming to the Nvidia Shield, it doesn’t appear that there are more coming to the console at this time, though that certainly can’t be written off further down the line. In a country with nearly 600 million gamers, these kinds of deals, especially the ones that allow titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to be published and circulated in China, are certainly worth pursuing. It’s just pretty strange to see these popular Wii titles landing on a completely unrelated console in another country.