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iQue, Ltd. (simplified Chinese: 神游科技; traditional Chinese: 神遊科技; pinyin: Shényóu Kējì) is a translation/localization and support development company located in Suzhou. It was founded as a joint venture between Wei Yen and Nintendo in 2002 as a Chinese video game console manufacturing company. The following year, the company released the iQue Player. The company had since manufactured and distributed official Nintendo products for the mainland Chinese market under the iQue brand.

iQue, Ltd.
Native name
Shényóu Kējì
IndustryVideo game
Founded2002; 17 years ago (2002)
HeadquartersSuzhou, China[1]
ServicesSoftware translation and localization
Game development
ParentNintendo (2013–present)

iQue only released portable Nintendo games for iQue 3DS XL, DS, Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy Advance SP. The iQue Player is the only home console available from the company in China. There were plans to release the Wii in all of China but when Satoru Iwata officially announced the release date for it on September 20, 2007, he said it would only be available in Hong Kong, under the Nintendo brand. The Nintendo DSi was released in China in December 2009 as iQue DSi. The Nintendo 3DS XL was released in China as iQue 3DS XL in December 2012.[2] By 2013, the company became a fully owned subsidiary of Nintendo.[3][4]

As of 2018, Nintendo has ceased any official distribution of game consoles into mainland China, albeit the Nintendo Switch is assembled there, as a consequence of Nintendo discontinuing production of its older products, and having difficulty releasing their current products, like the Nintendo Switch, into the mainland Chinese market.[5] iQue continues operations by offering consumer support for any previously released products,[6] and localizing newer games into simplified Chinese while Nintendo Hong Kong did traditional Chinese.[7]

In 2019, iQue began to hire for developers with programmers and testers, indicating that the company was transitioning to be a development company to support game projects for the division Nintendo EPD.[8]

iQue PlayerEdit

The iQue Player is a micro variant of a home video game console by iQue that plays ports of Nintendo 64 games. It was uniquely designed to bypass China's ban on home console products placed at the time. 14 games came out for the console. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and a Traditional Chinese translation of Ocarina of Time were completed, but not released by iQue.

iQue Game Boy AdvanceEdit

iQue Game Boy AdvanceEdit

The iQue GBA is the Chinese version of the Game Boy Advance. It was released on 8 June 2004. 8 games have been released for the console.[9][10] 12 more games were planned, but cancelled after high piracy of the system.

Western Title Chinese Title Pinyin Release Date Genre Game Modes
Advance Wars Unknown Unknown Cancelled Strategy Single player, multiplayer (1-4)
Densetsu no Stafy Unknown Unknown Cancelled Platform Single player
Densetsu no Stafy 2 Unknown Unknown Cancelled Platform Single player
DK King of Swing Unknown Unknown Cancelled Puzzle Single player
Famicom Mini Collection Unknown Unknown Cancelled Compilation Single player
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade Unknown Unknown Cancelled Role-playing Single player
Kuru Kuru Kururin Unknown Unknown Cancelled Puzzle Single player, multiplayer (1-4)
Kururin Paradise Unknown Unknown Cancelled Puzzle Single player, multiplayer (1-4)
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga Unknown Unknown Cancelled Role-playing Single player
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Unknown Unknown Cancelled Racing Single player, multiplayer (1-4)
Metroid Zero Mission 密特罗德:零点任务 Mìtèluōdé: Língdiǎn Rènwù June 2005 Shooter Single-Player
Polarium Advance Unknown Unknown Cancelled Puzzle Single player
Super Mario Advance 超级马力欧2 Chāojí Mǎlìōu 2 June 30, 2004 Platform Single player, multiplayer (1-2)
Tomato Adventure Unknown Unknown Cancelled Role-playing Single player, multiplayer (1-2)
Wario Land 4 瓦力欧寻宝记 Wǎlìōu Xúnbǎo Jì June 2005 Platform Single player
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! 瓦力欧制造 Wǎlìōu Zhìzào July 4, 2005 Minigames Single player
Metroid Fusion 密特罗德 融合 Mìtèluōdé Rónghé March 2006 Shooter Single-Player
Yoshi's Island - Super Mario Advance 3 耀西岛 Yàoxi Dǎo March 2, 2006 Platform Single-Player
Super Mario World - Super Mario Advance 2 超级马力欧世界 Chāojí Mǎlìōu Shìjiè March 15, 2006 Platform Single-Player, Multi-Player
F-Zero Maximum Velocity 极速F-ZERO未来赛车 Jísù F-ZERO Wèilái Sàichē August 2007 Racing Single-Player, Multi-Player (1-4)

iQue Game Boy SPEdit

The iQue Game Boy SP is the Chinese version of the Game Boy Advance SP. It is the same as a regular Game Boy Advance SP but has an "iQue" logo on the top of the casing instead of "Nintendo" like the product for the worldwide market. It plays Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games and has a rechargeable battery.[11] It was released in October 2004.[12]

iQue Game Boy MicroEdit

The iQue Micro is the Chinese version of the Game Boy Micro, and the smallest of the iQue family. It plays Game Boy Advance games.[13] It was released in October 2005.[14]

iQue DSEdit

iQue DSEdit

The iQue DS is the mainland Chinese version of the Nintendo DS. It was released on July 23, 2005. 6 games have been released for the console. It is the only version of the Nintendo DS to have a regional lockout, so iQue DS games cannot be played on Nintendo DS systems from other regions.[15] A Chinese version of Big Brain Academy was also planned, but cancelled. It appeared on the official iQue DS Lite trailer.[16] Games:[10]

Western Title Chinese Title Pinyin Release Date Genre Game Modes Media
Polarium 直感一笔 Zhígǎn Yī Bǐ July 23, 2005 Puzzle Single-Player, Multiplayer (1-2) DS Game Card
WarioWare: Touched! 摸摸瓦力欧制造 Mō Mō Wǎlìōu Zhìzào December 2005 Minigames Single-Player DS Game Card
Yoshi Touch & Go 摸摸耀西-云中漫步 Mō Mō Yàoxi - Yún Zhōng Mànbù February 14, 2006 Platform Single-Player, Multi-Player (1-2) DS Game Card
Super Mario 64 DS 神游马力欧DS Shényóu Mǎlìōu DS June 21, 2007 Platform Single-Player, Multi-Player (1-4) DS Game Card
New Super Mario Bros. New 超级马力欧兄弟 New Chāojí Mǎlìōu Xiōngdì July 2, 2009 Platform Single-Player, Multi-Player (1-4) DS Game Card
Nintendogs 任天狗狗 Rèntiān Gǒu Gǒu December 2009 Simulation Single-Player, Multi-Player (1-2) Pre-installed on iQue DSi
Big Brain Academy Unknown Unknown Unreleased Edutainment Single-Player, Multi-Player (1-8) Unknown

iQue DS LiteEdit

The iQue DS Lite is the Chinese version of the Nintendo DS Lite. It plays Nintendo DS games and it is smaller than the original DS and it has a brighter screen than the original DS.[17] It was released in June 2006.[18]

iQue DSiEdit

The iQue DSi is the Chinese version of the Nintendo DSi. It has a camera and it plays both DS and DSiWare games. It also comes with Nintendogs pre-installed in the system. It supposedly has been the only release of the game on the DS in mainland China. It was released in December 2009.[19]

iQue 3DS XLEdit

The iQue 3DS XL is the mainland Chinese Version of the Nintendo 3DS XL. It was the only version of the 3DS offered by iQue. Unlike the Nintendo 3DS XL from other regions, the iQue 3DS XL doesn't have a Nintendo eShop, you can't transfer data from an iQue DSi to an iQue 3DS XL or between systems and you can't play iQue DSiWare on an iQue 3DS XL. Only 2 games have been released for the console and they were both preinstalled on every console made. No physical game cards were ever made.


Western Title Chinese Title Pinyin Release Date Game Modes
Super Mario 3D Land 超级马力欧 3D乐园 Chāojí Mǎlìōu 3D Lèyuán December 7, 2012 Single-Player
Mario Kart 7 马力欧卡丁车7 Mǎlìōu Kǎdīngchē 7 December 7, 2012 Single-Player, Multi-Player

Due to the regional lockout, only games that provide simplified Chinese interface language can be used in iQue 3DS XL. Besides the two games listed above which were released by iQue, the following 14 games released by Nintendo Hong Kong and Nintendo Taiwan can also be used on this console and include a simplified Chinese interface language:

Western Title Chinese Title Pinyin Game Modes
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 塞尔达传说 时光之笛 3D Sàiěrdá Chuánshuō: Shíguāng zhī Dí 3D Single-Player
Nintendogs + Cats 任天狗狗+猫猫 Rèntiān Gǒugou + Māomāo Single-Player
Star Fox 64 3D 星际火狐64 3D Xīngjì Huǒhú 64 3D Single-Player, Multi-Player
Mario Tennis Open 马力欧网球 公开赛 Mǎlìōu Wǎngqiú Gōngkāisài Single-Player, Multi-Player
New Super Mario Bros. 2 新超级马力欧兄弟 2 New Chāojí Mǎlìōu Xiōngdì 2 Single-Player, Multi-Player
Brain Age: Concentration Training 脑科学专家 川岛隆太博士监修 突破极限 脑的5分钟魔鬼锻炼 Nǎokēxué Zhuānjiā Chuāndǎolóngtài Bóshì Jiānxiū Tūpò Jíxiàn Nǎo de 5 Fēnzhōng Móguǐ Duànliàn Single-Player, Multi-Player
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon 路易吉洋馆2 Lùyìjí Yángguǎn 2 Single-Player, Multi-Player
Paper Mario: Sticker Star 纸片马力欧 超级贴纸 Zhǐpiàn Mǎlìōu Chāojí Tiēzhǐ Single-Player
Pokémon Sun and Moon 精灵宝可梦 太阳/月亮 Jīnglíng Bǎokěmèng Tàiyáng / Yuèliang Single-Player, Multi-Player
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon 精灵宝可梦 究极之日 /究极之月 Jīnglíng Bǎokěmèng Jiūjí-zhī Rì / Jiūjí-zhī Yuè Single-Player. Multi-Player


Software compatibility
iQue Player iQue GBA iQue SP iQue Micro iQue DS iQue DS Lite iQue DSi iQue 3DS XL
iQue Player/N64 software  Y  N  N  N  N  N  N  N
GB and GBC software  N  Y  Y  N  N  N  N  N
GBA software  N  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y  N  N
DS software  N  N  N  N  Y  Y  Y  Y
3DS software  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  Y
Currently available
Currently available  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N
Software distribution
Software distribution iQue Depot
Fugue Online
Retail Retail Retail Retail Retail Retail
DSi Ware


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