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Wii and GameCube games for NVIDIA Shield in China are streamed rather than ports

Posted on December 5, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

As previously reported, NVIDIA has teamed up with Nintendo to bring Wii and GameCube titles to Switch. Making this even more interesting is that they’ll run at a resolution of 1080p.

There is one important detail to point out, however. Instead of ports, these titles are instead being streamed. Games are accessed through the GeForce Now streaming service.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Punch-Out!!, and Super Mario Galaxy are the initial batch of releases. More will be on the way in the future.


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  • awng782

    So it seems like this decision was purely a business-related move and not Nintendo seeing how well Switch-like hardware could handle upported GCN/Wii games

    • GoldenTriforce

      Oh no most certainly a business move. This is an easy way to crack into China for them, less risk than outright releasing Switch at this time. PS4 and Xbone haven’t done amazing there so it seems traditional consoles aren’t quite ready yet.

      • GoldenTriforce

        With that said, yes, Switch can handle Wii & GCN games well. Wii U could run Wind Waker in HD with visual effects, so Switch could likely do more, if the time was put into it.

        • nemo37

          Wind Waker HD was a port though. Every single GC and Wii game can be ported to Switch and made to look better (of course it would cost a lot of money to do so)

          Virtual Console games (like the N64, SNES, NES, etc games released on Wii U and Wii) though are not ports, they are emulated. A port involves making the code natively run on a certain platform, emulation involves creating software that imitates the console hardware which then allows the game to run on top of it. Emulating a certain piece of hardware on another piece of hardware is more tasking than taking software from a certain piece of hardware and making a native port on another piece of hardware.

          • GoldenTriforce

            Oh I know, he was referring to “upported” games so that was what I responded to. Though with the higher resolution and streaming, it is possible that these are more complex than just simple ports. We do know that the Switch can emulate Wii & GCN, its certainly powerful enough, and Nintendo know the hardware well enough that they could make it work. Plus they have stated that, in terms of hardware, even Wii U emulation is possible, though if it is possible from a distribution and gameplay perspective, I don’t know.

          • Adrian Brown

            On a similar note, why was SNES emulation only done on New 3DS and not the regular version? Wasn’t the 3DS more than capable of running those games?

          • GoldenTriforce

            Maybe. I know it could easily run the GBA, and from a pure perspective, the GBA is far more intensive BUT it is also ARM like the 3DS. It could have been that the SNES’s architecture was too foreign to be easily emulated on the 3DS. It could have also had something to do with the sound chip, since it is pretty complex, and might have had trouble with emulation, though that is really pushing it. Or it could have been an odd marketing decision.

          • awesomeparadise3

            Where did Nintendo say Wii U emulation is possible? No offense meant but I’m always skeptical of the reliability of internet comments.

  • nemo37

    Well there goes hope that they would come natively Switch (maybe Nvidia and Nintendo will eventually bring the Geforce Now streaming service over).

    It would be pretty funny if the data centres that they are streaming from are running them in a modified version of Dolphin.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    I mean was this not inferred? The Shield is a streaming device to begin with.

    • nemo37

      Shield also has a number of exclusive native titles developed for it. For example, Tomb Raider (2013), Portal 1, and Half-Life 2 (among other titles) were all ported to and natively run on Shield.

  • skilarbabcock

    I think you mean the nvidia shield, not the switch. First sentence

  • Paddy Alfan

    But where s the game being played at?
    Pc? Or a prototype of future nintendo rental program like PS now?

    • nemo37

      Geforce Now. It is Nvidia’s version of PS Now. They essentially run in a data centre with a bunch of PCs.

  • Aline Piroutek

    I’m impressed with their anti-piracy measure. I hope this doesn’t come as a streaming service on Switch.

    • nemo37

      It is not an anti-piracy measure. The games are probably being emulated on a PC which is then streaming onto the Shield device. It is likely that Shield (and Switch too, since the hardware is nearly identical) is not powerful enough to run a full fledge Wii/GC emulator.

      Nintendo can of course always port older games over to Switch and even enhance them in the process, which is what they did with WWHD and TPHD on Wii U, as opposed to emulating them. Of course that would require more effort and cost.

      • Jack Red

        A Wii/GC emulator could be made for the Switch. (Considering that Dolphin can be ran on Shield Tablet or TV without streaming.) But there would need to be some extra work done since I think the Switch’s CPU and GPU both are coming from the Modified Tegra X1.

      • GoldenTriforce

        This is more likely happening because NVidia wants to tout their streaming service/sell more people on it, and it might be a better deal for people in China over full priced purchases.

        • nemo37

          Turns out both the article and I were wrong. The games are running natively. Hopefully a Switch version of these titles is not far off.

      • Aline Piroutek

        Haha, we were all wrong.

        • nemo37

          LOL now I have to change my comments again.

  • Adrian Brown

    How are the controls for Wii games? Do they need a wiimote or something similar?

    • awng782

      All button controls, I beleive.

  • Roto Prime

    Ahahahahahah Yes!!!!

  • Kid X

    So much for downloading the apk for these games and trying to test it out on my phone but this makes sense, it would be interesting to see Super Mario Galaxy work with a revised control scheme while also playing over the net.

  • Blake Good

    There’s no excuse for GCN and Wii games to not be on the Switch VC.

    • ChuckyGuy98

      oh wahh wahh wahh. You just want Nintendo to be on your knees and serve you. New’s flash man child, Nintendo doesn’t center around you.

      • The world does not center around him, he is in his late 20’s and he has yet to realize this. Blake is perhaps one of the most narcissistic people that I know of.

        • ChuckyGuy98

          Blake: God damn Nintendo, why are you so lazy! I mean all you guys do over there is making new games for the switch, balancing millions of dollars, watching your sales, making ideas for a new console and games and you can’t even realese my virtual console games that I can get online easily! You guys are slackers!

          • Yeah, lol. That pretty much sums it up. As I’ve said, it’s how he was raised, he was brought up to believe that he is special and that his desires, no matter how frivolous, take precedence over everything and everyone else. The universe isn’t going to break and bend to his will, and that makes him angry because he is dysfunctional beyond all belief and has no idea how to be an adult. His narcissism and pettiness know absolutely no bounds. Pretty screwed up if you think about it, really.

          • Blake Good

            Oh shut up! I wish slavery was back so I can make Nintendo workers my slaves and force them to make games for me! Also for that n***er Clay claymore!

          • Haha, yeah, okay. As I said, you’re a funny guy. If you don’t mind breaking the illusion for a second, but I just gotta know, has the real Blake said anything about you posing as him?

          • Blake Good

            What are you talking about? Don’t tell me you are confusing me for that imposter!

          • Alright fair enough, lol.

    • Oh my god….Okay, Blake if it’s that important to you, just download a Gamecube and a Wii emulator, problem solved. Since you’re so impatient, that you can’t wait for Nintendo to get around to releasing the games you want for the console, which they are working on, just download them for free and be done with it already.

      Here you know what:

      There, you should find what you’re looking for on those sites. I use those sites sometimes, they’re reliable and if they don’t work for you, there are plenty more out there. 2-second Google search dude, it’s not that hard to get your hands on what you want.

      You’re welcome, now can you PLEASE for the LOVE OF GOD STOP COMPLAINING!?

  • TanukiTrooper

    Streaming games is not very viable for a portable console. If this is their plan for Switch, they need an option to download so you can take it on the go.

    • Fandangle

      You can just buy one of those devices that broadcasts wifi on the go. Switch owners seem perfectly happy to spend exuberant amounts of money on peripherals to fix Nintendo’s design flaws.

      But aside from that point no one ever ever ever ever implied that this was the plan for switch. Ever.

    • Ryosuke Yamada

      Well this is just for Nvidia Shield TV which is not portable so streaming is a valid option. I doubt they will do the same for the Switch though.

  • awng782


    There has been a mistake. These Wii/GCN games will indeed run natively on the Shield.

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