Nintendo games to appear on the console rival

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Nintendo is releasing some of their most popular games into a rival manufacturer of the console for the first time in decades.

Some old games of the discontinued of the Wii console will appear on the Nvidia Shield set-top box in China.

Historically, Nintendo has rarely license their original games and characters to rival console makers.

The Japanese gaming giant does not currently sell its latest console of Nintendo Switch, in China.

The video games market in China was valued at $24bn (£18bn) in 2016.

However, the majority of people play on Pcs or mobile devices, despite China relaxing its rules on the sale of foreign consoles in 2014.

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Between the Nintendo games on the Nvidia Shield are The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, released for the first time in 2006, and the New Super Mario Bros Wii, from 2009.

Nintendo has not previously published the games of consoles apart from the devices themselves. However, it has experimented with mobile games, games like Super Mario Run, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

The Wii titles that has been released for the Nvidia Shield will have their graphics enhanced to high definition, and is transmitted through the Nvidia Geforce Now the platform.

“Nvidia has established a partnership with Nintendo through the supply of its Tegra X1 processor for use in the console of the Switch. This content agreement is an extension of this relationship and offers benefits for both parties,” said Piers Harding-Rolls, from the technology to the consulting firm IHS Markit.

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“The agreement enables Nintendo to test their higher content in the Chinese consumer and to accumulate useful data on the use of the games. For Nvidia, the platform offers some unique and well-known games content for the launch of their sales in the territory.”