Remastered Wii games on the Shield TV retail for around $10 per title, and other games including Metroid Prime and Super Mario Galaxy will eventually make their way to the platform, too. We're not jealous at all.
Though these releases are limited to China, the very fact that first-party Nintendo games are up and running in HD on the Shield TV will no doubt intrigue fans elsewhere.
Though a unique partnership in China, a selection of classic Nintendo GameCube and Wii games will be playable on the Nvidia Shield TV box. China's gaming market generated US$24.6 billion in revenue previous year, compared with US$24.1 billion in the U.S.
In the case of the Shield, which is already available elsewhere in the world, Nvidia gave it more a gaming bent.
Not only that but each game will run at 1080p, meaning they'll look much nicer than their Wii originals. Unfortunately, this extra gaming flexibility of the Nvidia Shield TV is likely to stay in the Far East for now as the partners delivering it are Nintendo, Nvidia and China's iQiyi. The announcement notes more games are on the way, including Super Mario Galaxy. This has ensured that gamers eager to play a new version of Mario Kart can only do so if they buy a Nintendo machine.
Partnering with Nvidia might help Nintendo get its titles in front of Chinese consumers quicker and more effectively than if it waited for the Switch's official Chinese release (if that ever happens to begin with).
Nintendo has been particularly hard-hit by piracy, which is rampant in China and has dissuaded console manufacturers from launching their products in spite of the huge market potential.