China will finally be able to receive the Nintendo Switch after Nintendo formed a brand new partnership with Tencent to bring the console to the country. The news came from the Guangdong Culture and Tourism Administration letting Chinese citizens know the partnership has given the company provisional approval to sell it in their country. The specific version is the New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo Switch bundle, so they’ll have a console with a game even though the government hasn’t approved the sale of any physical games from their library yet.
No word yet on how this will affect Nintendo Switch Online or the eShop since the government is also super strict on what you can access and purchase online. This is going to be a major boost to Nintendo since China would be almost guaranteed sales in droves. We’ll see how things pan out in the next few months as they enter the country and how the localization is handeled. China has always been a difficult market for Nintendo to navigate as they seem to be late to the party on many of their consoles. The last time they partnered with anyone was back in the late ’90s when iQue helped them get the N64 into the market.