[Update: A description page on Nvidia’s Chinese site suggests the Wii games in question are run via streaming through Nvidia’s Geforce Now service, rather than through emulation directly on the Shield hardware. This complicates the idea that the Shield is being used as a test run for any Switch virtual console efforts. The mere existence of remastered, HD versions of classic Wii titles, though, suggests Nintendo may have further plans for these games than just basic emulation.]
Nvidia’s Shield set-top TV box launches in China today with the same kinds of Android-based games and video-streaming capabilities familiar to owners in the West. But that foreign launch also comes with an unexpected addition exclusive to the new market: remastered, 1080p HD version of select Nintendo Wii games.