iQue

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iQue, Ltd.
Native name
神游科技
Shényóu Kējì
Subsidiary
Industry Video game
Founded 2002; 16 years ago (2002)
Headquarters Suzhou, China[1]
Products Video game consoles
Parent Nintendo (2013–present)
Website www.ique.com

iQue, Ltd. (simplified Chinese: 神游科技; traditional Chinese: 神遊科技; pinyin: Shényóu Kējì) is a Chinese–based company located in Suzhou. It was founded as a joint venture between Wei Yen and Nintendo in 2002. 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 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, the company no longer brings in game consoles into Mainland China but continues to localize games in Chinese for Taiwan and Hong Kong. For its consoles, iQue will only offer official support.

iQue Player[edit]

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 overall at the time.

iQue Game Boy Advance[edit]

iQue Game Boy Advance[edit]

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.[5][6]

Western Title Chinese Title Pinyin Release Date Genre Game Modes
Wario Land 4 瓦力欧寻宝记 Wǎlìōu Xúnbǎo Jì June 30, 2004 Platform Single-Player
Super Mario Advance 超级马力欧2 Chāojí Mǎlìōu 2 June 30, 2004 Platform Single-Player, Multi Player (1-2)
Metroid Zero Mission 密特罗德:零点任务 Mìtèluōdé: Língdiǎn Rènwù 2005 Shooter 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 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 2007 Racing Single-Player, Multi-Player (1-4)

iQue Game Boy SP[edit]

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.[7]

iQue Game Boy Micro[edit]

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.[8]

iQue DS[edit]

iQue DS[edit]

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.[9] A Chinese version of Big Brain Academy was also planned, but cancelled. It appeared on the official iQue DS Lite trailer.[10] Games:[6]

Western Title Chinese Title Pinyin Release Date Genre Game Modes Media
WarioWare: Touched! 摸摸瓦力欧制造 Mō Mō Wǎlìōu Zhìzào July 23, 2005 Minigames Single-Player DS Game Card
Polarium 直感一笔 Zhígǎn Yī Bǐ July 23, 2005 Puzzle Single-Player, Multiplayer (1-2) 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 ? ? Unreleased Single-Player, Multi-Player (1-8) Puzzle Unknown

iQue DS Lite[edit]

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.[11]

iQue DSi[edit]

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.

iQue 3DS XL[edit]

The iQue 3DS XL is the mainland Chinese Version of the Nintendo 3DS XL. It was the only game system 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.

Games:

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

Comparison[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "tewaswork" (in Chinese). iQue. Archived from the original on October 24, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  2. ^ ""iQue 3DS XL" 今年12月发售". Ique.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  3. ^ "Up-to-date listing of Nintendo subsidiaries". Nintendo Everything. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  4. ^ "関係会社の状況" (PDF). Nintendo. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  5. ^ "iQue Ltd". Ique.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  6. ^ a b "iQue Ltd". Ique.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  7. ^ "iQue Ltd". ique.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  8. ^ "Ique Game Boy Micro". Ique.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  9. ^ "Touch!Ique Ds". Ique.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  10. ^ "Introducing the iQue DS Lite". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  11. ^ "Touch!Ique Ds". Ique.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.

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