Mario & Zelda games heading to the Nvidia Shield in China

Mario & Zelda games heading to the Nvidia Shield in China

Nintendo might consider launching new titles after seeing the performance of the current titles.

If you happen to live in China, you can pick up an Nvidia Shield TV starting today for RMB 1499 ($227). So far, New Super Mario Bros Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Punch-Out! has been confirmed on the Nvidia China's website. Those are all major titles, but it doesn't stop there. That means these games are likely ports to the Android OS, so it's only a matter of time before someone attempts to pirate them and make them available to other regions or Android devices. Just look at Kellogg's Super Mario Cereal. With China surpassing the the world's largest gaming market, pressure has been building on Nintendo to bring its titles to the mainland.

The titles' release come as Nintendo faces pressure to grow revenue and profits.

It's not yet known what Nintendo's plans are for backwards compatibility on the Switch. But the smartphone boom has affected the console industry as a whole, meaning that either the Switch must help Nintendo rebound, or it will have to rethink its closed-in strategy.

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It's a notable move for both companies, as (smartphone games aside) Nintendo hasn't generally made its games available on non-Nintendo hardware - let alone first-party properties like Mario and Zelda. In 2015, China revoked its long-standing ban on the consoles, following which Sony PS4 and Microsoft (Xbox One) arrived in the country. This, then, is a significant step into Chinese living rooms for Nintendo. However, video game makers must still comply with China's strict regulations on content distribution.

Console gaming remains extremely new in China-to date, it represents only about 1% of all digital gaming revenue.

Tapping China could be a masterstroke from Nintendo, given the fact that it is reportedly home to over 300 million gamers.