As you may well be aware, a number of Nintendo's first-party Wii titles have been ported to the Nvidia Shield in China. The latest to make the jump is Donkey Kong Country Returns, and it's looking just as tasty as you might expect.
The Wii game has been treated to the usual upgrades for the Nvidia Shield release, meaning it plays in 1080p and has a frame rate of 60fps, and it has also ditched the motion controls in favour of a traditional controller setup. You can see it in action in the video above (the game itself starts at around the 1:15 mark).
When the collaboration between Nvidia and Nintendo was first announced, it was revealed that games like Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess would be available. Since then we've also seen other Wii greats like Mario Kart Wii appear.
We may well have Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U and Switch to give us all the HD DK we might need, but we do love seeing these Wii games be given an HD makeover.
What do you think? Would you like to play your Wii favourites in HD? Which games in particular would you like to see? Tell us below.
This and SMG would be very welcome on the switch
All these articles do is annoy me. Not NL' s fault, but why cant switch owners have these games?
Definitely the definitive edition
Release them on Switch FFS.
I played the 3DS version a few months back and enjoyed it more than I did when I played the original on Wii. Still probably my least favorite in the Country series, but a very good game nonetheless.
Nvidia Shield =YES
Nintendo Switch =NO
This Gameplay was hard to watch
Very exciting news. It would be even more exciting if Wii games were on Switch globally. Endless Ocean, Mario Galaxy, Sin and Punishment, Elebits, Mario Kart Wii(especially if it could have 4 player at 60fps!), Pikmin 1 and 2 (would be awesome to have those at 1080p and 60fps!!!), Metroid Prime, New Super Mario Bros Wii, etc etc would all be super fun on Switch.
good news for the 6 people that own the shield
Meh. 3D is more impressive overall anyway.
F-ZERO GX. 1080p. 60fps. ALL. MY. MONEY.
Bring over Mario Galaxy two pack to Switch
To be fair, the game always ran at 60fps on the Wii. The only difference here is the 1080p resolution and removal of motion controls.
I really want DKC Returns HD on Switch!
In other news, Mother 3 is coming to the Soulja Box.
@NintendoByNature no reason whatsoever except Nintendo being Nintendo
@LuciferOnReddit ??? The Shield and Switch already share the same chipset with the Switch a far more capable gaming device due to not having to worry about Android
Love 1080p 60fps. It's good to see other people on here supporting the idea of a similar port. Based on other threads I would think some people here would prefer 480p ports instead to keep the games pure and graphics good enough.
I swear... If Metroid Prime Trilogy gets an Nvidia Shield release before it comes to the Switch, I'll be freaking angry. 😤
But will they get Jungle Beat?
I don't think y'all hate this because it's on the Nvidia Shield, y'all hate it cause it's only in China. To make y'all feel better this is the only way Chinese gamers will receive their games, in digital form only and a few generations late on a platform that is not even Nintendo made. Has been that way since the N64 with the iQue. So just be grateful y'all got physical releases as well as digital and on Nintendo's own hardware. No need to envy Nintendo for not bringing these to Switch.
Seeing it on that makes me need it on the switch. I’d love for this and galaxy etc to get moved over.
@CupidStunt Lol, I totally read your username the way it was meant before I realized you rearranged the lettering.
Put this on switch, Nintendo! Galaxy as well.
I already have this game on 3ds, but I really wish I had the Wii version 😢. Though even though with the 3d mode on the 3ds version looks pretty good, the Wii version is still graphically superior. And I know alot of people say the 3ds version is better due to not having waggle controls, I actually like having motion controls implemented as to me it's made the gameplay of titles like Kirby's Return To Dreamland and Super Mario Galaxy 1& 2 more fun actually. Plus, the Wii version is alot more challenging than 3ds version so that's another thing I like.
I have a Shield TV but these games never get released in the west. Damnit.
@Vegeta937 It is my favourite spoonerism lol. Cupid Stunt is a character from a UK comedy sketch show from the early 80s. You should Google it
@LuciferOnReddit it's the same chipset running at a higher clock speed which frequently throttles down to the Switch speeds. Android also cripples it when it comes to gaming, a Switch Pro certainly would be more powerful and have a newer chipset
For me, Tropical Freeze has got DKC covered, but Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 is a unique Wii experience that I would like to revisit on Switch!
Nintendo: "You can have on 3DS instead. You're welcome, customer!"
@CupidStunt Lol, thanks for that. Can't believe I've never heard of Kenny Everett. Guy is hilarious - sad to see he's passed away, though.
@LuciferOnReddit rudeness apart, because Android has more features, it also has multiple processes using the hardware even when you only have 1 open app, and it gets worse if you're multitasking.
Add to the fact it was made to run in thousand different hardware it is far from optimised. Windows (and Linux) suffer the same problem, you need a better PC in order to have similar performance to consoles.
EDIT: Just to illustrate, if you look for games made for PS3 on Steam, you will see the minimum requirements often being 4GB, 16x the PS3's 250mb. That's not because the game is using that much RAM, but because Windows itself uses most of it and the system will lag if you don't have it.
I'd just like the option to use normal controls. I know there's the 3DS version but I want it on the big screen.
Galaxy one and two, pretty please with sugar on top!
Such a shame this great game is not available on the Switch!!
I couldn't justify re-purchasing Tropical Freeze at a HIGHER price than I'd paid for it on Wii U, but I would have pounced on a two-pack of Tropical Freeze and DKCR HD, even at $60. Why didn't we get this on Switch?
Clearly never played dk before
Why are they on Nvidia Shield and not on Switch??
Nvidioes what Nintendon’t
@Antonis427 For those who don't have a Shield, you have no clue of it's limitless capabilities...
At least the work of porting them is pretty much done. As much as I want all these games right now, my guess is that Nintendo will drip feed them to Switch owners strategically.
People still actually play this game with the motion controls? I've been using the classic controller cheat since 2011.
The Nvidia shield is the best and most popular Android TV player (stream video, play games locally and cloud, emulation, iptv, plex server, apps, smarthome hub...) and sells pretty well. It's not just about playing games. If you're ignorant about the facts, at least google about them
I think the 2017 decision of nvidia shield has a upgraded cpu, compared to switch
Why don't they bring these marvellous remasters to the switch?
I' d love to play mario galaxy and dkc without motion controllers and in 1080p/60 fps.
Just put them on the switch eshop, nintendo!
Thats awesome. I've been playing them on Dolphin in 4k for a couple years.
Come on, that would go brilliantly with having it with its sequel.
This is something nintendont.
@NintendoByNature hahaha you want to know why? Because Nintendo sucks is why.
@hihelloitsme its true. I feel like they're in a big room laughing at all of is every time a new Wii game is released on nvidia
I'd freaking love to jump on some Wii Games on Switch in 720 or 1080! SMG, Xenoblade, Twilight, Fire Emblem, yes please! Just to name a few!
I've suggested this before, but Nintendo really ought to rerelease some of their Wii and perhaps also GameCube games as no-frills budget retail releases (motion controls should be preserved if they were in the original, though they should also implement conventional controls, if possible, for accessibility/handheld mode).
The amount of ignorance regarding hard- /software and Operating Systems in this comment section is just ... wow
I wonder why Nintendo wouldn't just release all these GC and Wii ports in the west. Ppl. woud go crazy about them, especially LoZTP (yeah Mario as well..).
Yes, the nvidia shield is basically the blueprint for the switch, with the switch having a slightly customized, optimized chip and more RAM. But basically, they share the same Tegra X1 SoC. Also, the shield 2017 is basically exactly the same as the 2015 edition, only with a smaller footprint and case.
Regarding operating systems. It's funny claiming that ppl. who think "playing on Linux is superior to Windows" are Linux Fanboys and regarding "Android a superior system" (for Gaming I assume).
Problem is, ppl. do generally not understand what an Operating System is. An OS is said to be many things, but in it's core, it is only the first layer of abstraction of the hardware and manages the hardware resources. That's called the kernel and that's it. You don't see an OS, you don't use an OS.
Now what Systems like Windows, Android, Mac OS, and GNU/Linux do, is they add libraries and Interfaces (also user interfaces) on top of a Kernel, to give Users and Devs the possibility to interact with the Hardware and actually do stuff. But that stuff is not the OS. It's auxiliary and complements the OS to provide sth. usable.
In case of Android, the actual operating system IS Linux. Android uses the Linux 4 kernel line for hardware abstraction and management. Android itself then adds an optimized Java Virtual Machine called Dalvik and brings with it all the required Java libraries to interact with all the stuff you find in mobile devices, like touch screens, sensors, gsm modules, and so on. But still, all hardware drivers are written for and integrated in the underlying Linux kernel. So on top of the kernel, Android adds another layer of hardware abstraction in form of the Dalvik Virtual Machine. Code is not directly compiled for the underlying hardware, but for the VM, and then interpreted by the VM to run on the actual hardware. The obvious advantage is, that you do not need to write your apps for a specific phone, but for the Dalvik Virtual Machine. Since Dalvik runs on top of Linux, only Linux has to be ported to the actual hardware. However, regarding performance, especially gaming performance, that's the worst thing you could possibly do. For gaming and other high performance applications, what you want is direct and exclusive hardware access.
This is also one of the reasons why Android has an extremely noticeable input lag when using controllers (on top of the also always present bluetooth lag). And this is the reason, why generally, dedicated gaming consoles have much better gaming performance than general purposes devices (with equal hardware specs), because Games can be optimized for the specific hardware and usually have access to all hardware resources exclusively.
When ppl are talking about Linux, what they really mean is a specific GNU/Linux distribution. Again, Linux is just the Kernel. You don't use Linux. You use a GNU/Linux distribution, that adds all the stuff you expect a usable system to have. In its core however, Linux is much more efficient in hardware management, than Windows is. The reason why Windows is "better for gaming" is not because it technically is the better system. It's because it's the more popular Desktop system. So Game Devs and also GPU driver devs put more effort into optimizing performance for Windows. But if you have a game engine and GPU drivers that are optimized for Linux, Games often perform better on Linux than on Windows on the same physical machine. Valve is well aware of that fact and that is also one reason why they are pushing Steam OS and Proton. Even with Proton, which is an additional Emulation Layer, some Windows Games perform better on Linux, given that you have a supported GPU with optimized Linux drivers.
The switch OS is a dedicated Gaming OS, and of course better suited for Gaming than Android. But afaik, the GC and Wii ports on the shield are actually not ported to Android. I think they are using a special direct-to-metal engine. So they should be able to bring them to the switch with minimal effort and quite possibly better performance.
Make that happen Nintendo!
the fact none of these games have been brought over to the switch yet they put all these wii u games on the switch is ridiculous, its running on the exact same hardware damn it
Yes this should be on switch first not the God damn Nvidia Shield.
Ohh, I really want this on Switch while waiting for the next DKC game! Please, Nintendo!
Look how busy Retro is...another port!
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