One of the first names that comes to your mind when you think of ‘video games’ is that of Nintendo. The company has been in the gaming industry for several decades now and has been one of the pioneers in the world of gaming. Nintendo, over the past few years has opened up and has begun releasing some of their games for third party platforms, the recent Super Mario Run game being an example. Per their latest partnership, users of the NVidia Shield TV are now able to enjoy many classic GameCube and Wii games on their devices!
While the Nvidia shield TV has always been propositioned as an Android TV for video game lovers, it was quite as surprise when Nintendo’s announcement came. There were many who wondered how Nintendo managed to pull this off as an Android TV’s architecture is quite different from what a GameCube or a Wii game requires to run. However, it now appears that Nintendo is running these games with the help of a GameCube and a Wii emulator on the Nvidia Shield TV. Reports from ResetEra claim that the users of Nvidia Shield TV are able to access popular Nintendo games with the help of an emulator.
As a surprise to no one, this emulator that Nintendo uses is much better than other popular third party Nintendo emulators as there are no crashes. “[The code] leaves pretty much no doubt that the executable […] is in fact a GC emulator,” a ResetEra user wrote. “A GC emulator that runs one of the most demanding games on the Cube [sic] very smoothly on the same hardware as the Switch. Something tells me this emulator wasn’t created to just emulate 2 Nintendo games on a niche console in China.”
Users of the Nvidia Shield TV in China can now play classic Nintendo video games such as New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, PUNCH-OUT!!, and Metroid Prime. In the past, Nintendo has been quite strict about the fact that their games can only be run on their devices. However, of late they are opening up and slowly allowing their games on other platforms.