IQue, Ltd. (partially found cancelled Chinese localizations of Nintendo video games; 2000s)

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Status: Partially Found

iQue, Ltd. is a Chinese video game localization and console manufacturing company located in Suzhou. It was founded as a joint venture between Taiwanese-American scientist Wei Yen and Nintendo that was created in an effort to skirt the Chinese government's ban on video games. The company manufactured and distributed official Nintendo products in mainland China until 2018. This halt in distribution was due to Nintendo wanting to expand into partnerships with other third-party companies like Nvidia and Tencent for distribution in mainland China. During their tenure, they released versions of the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS, and intended to also release versions of the GameCube and Wii.[1][2] Due to the brand's general lack of success, the increasing PC and mobile gaming market, rampant video game piracy, and to a lesser extent interference from the Chinese government,[2] many of the company's localizations have never been released.

Known Cancelled Localizations

iQue Player

English Name Chinese Name Genre Game Modes Status
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 塞尔达传说-魔力面具- Action-adventure Single player Found
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time* 塞爾達傳說:時光之笛 Action-adventure Single player Found

*While Simplified Chinese version of this game was officially released, this version is in Traditional Chinese.

iQue Game Boy Advance

English Name Chinese Name Genre Game Modes Status
Advance Wars 陆海空大战 Strategy Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Found
DK: King of Swing 摇摆森喜刚 Puzzle-platformer Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Found
Donkey Kong Country 超级大金刚 Platformer Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Lost
Famicom Mini Collection* 红白机合集 Compilation Single player Found
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade 火纹战记: 封印之剑 Tactical role-playing Single player Found
Golden Sun 黄金太阳 Role-playing Single player Lost
Golden Sun: The Lost Age N/A Role-playing Single player, multiplayer (1-2) Lost
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land 星之卡比:梦之泉 Platformer Single player Lost
Kuru Kuru Kuruin 转转棒 Puzzle Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Found
Kurui Paradise 转转棒天堂 Puzzle Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Found
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga 马力欧与路易吉RPG Role-playing Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Found
Mario Kart: Super Circuit 马力欧卡丁车超级赛道 Kart racing Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Found
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 马力欧对大金刚 Puzzle-platformer Single player Lost
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire 精灵宝可梦弹珠台 Pinball Single player Lost
Pokémon: Ruby and Sapphire 精灵宝可梦:红宝石·蓝宝石 Role-playing Single player Lost
Polarium Advance 通勤一笔 Puzzle Single player Found
The Legendary Starfy 斯塔非的传说 Platformer Single player Found
The Legendary Starfy 2 斯塔非的传说2 Platformer Single player Found
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past / Four Swords 塞尔达传说:三角力量/四支神剑 Action-adventure Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Lost
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap 塞尔达传说:神奇小帽 Action-adventure Single player Lost
Tomato Adventure 番茄酱王国大冒险 Role-playing Single player Found
WarioWare: Twisted! N/A Action Single player Lost

*The Famicom Mini Collection contains the Classic NES Series versions of:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Donkey Kong
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Ice Climbers
  • Mario Bros.
  • Metroid
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2

iQue DS

English Name Chinese Name Genre Game Modes Status
Big Brain Academy 大脑科学院 Edutainment Single player, Multiplayer (1-8) Lost
Daigasso! Band Brothers 大加索! Music Single player, Multiplayer (1-8) Lost
Electroplankton 电浮游生物 Music Single player Lost
Kirby: Canvas Curse 柯比:帆布诅咒 Platformer Single player Lost
Metroid Prime Hunters 银河战士黄金猎人 Action-adventure Single player, Multiplayer (1-4) Lost
Ridge Racer DS 山脊赛车手DS Racing Single player, Multiplayer (1-8) Lost

iQue Wii

Wii Software

English Name Chinese Name Genre Game Modes Status
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games 马力欧索尼克北京奥运会 Sports Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Lost
Mario Kart Wii 马力欧卡丁车Wii Kart racing Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Lost
Super Mario Galaxy 马力欧银河 Platformer Single player, multiplayer (1-2) Lost
Wii Play Wii玩 Party Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Lost
Wii Sports Wii运动的 Sports Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Lost

Wii Virtual Console

English Name Chinese Name Genre Game Modes Status
Mario Kart 64 马力欧卡丁车 Kart racing Single player, multiplayer (1-4) Lost

Cancellation and Availability

iQue Player

The iQue player.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

A Simplified Chinese translation of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was planned for release in 2004.[3] The translation was very late into development, even being featured on the back of the iQue Player's box, but was cancelled due to technical issues with battery saves[2] and the company's limited workforce being shifted to work on the iQue Game Boy Advance.[4] The game was found and recompiled by Internet Archive user atomic_ in September 2021.[5]

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Traditional Chinese)

While a version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in Simplified Chinese was one of the iQue Player's launch titles, a Traditional Chinese translation was discovered as a cache file located on iQue@Home's CDS. The translation was later dumped by iQue Player homebrew group Suxxors, claiming that their iQue Player unit is perhaps the only one that contains the ticket for it. It's unknown why iQue would make a Traditional Chinese translation as mainland China's standard script is Simplified Chinese. It's possible that iQue considered moving to other regions that use Traditional Chinese like Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan after the system greatly under performed in mainland China.[1]

iQue Cube

Originally, there was meant to be a follow-up to the iQue Player, that would have been able to play GameCube games. Like its predecessor, all of the system's components would have been housed in the controller. Even though it made it to the prototype phase but it was cancelled due to the Player's poor sales, and no localizations were made.[1]

iQue Game Boy Advance

iQue Game Boy Advance Mario and Luigi Edition.

Despite only 8 games being released, over 20 games were fully translated, with over 10 additional games being almost finished. It's unknown why so many games were never released, but it's possible they were scrapped alongside the NC Card. The NC Card was a GBA flashcard with network capabilities developed by iQue that would allow users to download games from the internet, similar to the iQue@Home service for the iQue Player. It would also allow users to play with others online in games such as Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Pokémon: Ruby and Sapphire. Even after 4 years of development, the team couldn't get this feature to work well, so the project was scrapped entirely.[2]

At ChinaJoy 2005, iQue announced a few upcoming iQue GBA game which included the unreleased titles WarioWare: Twisted!, Advance Wars, Kuru Kuru Kururin, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land.[6]

On March 25, 2019, iQue ROMs of Advance Wars, DK: King of Swing, Famicom Mini Collection, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Kuru Kuru Kuruin, Kururin Paradise, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Polarium Advance, The Legendary Starfy, The Legendary Starfy 2, and Tomato Adventure were dumped and released by Forest of Illusion member togemet2 after being purchased from a seller on the site Chinese auction site TaoBao. Complete unreleased iQue copies of F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, Metroid Fusion, Metroid: Zero Mission, Super Mario Advance 1, 2, and 3 as well as Wario Land 4 and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! were included in the listing but weren't available for purchase.[7]

iQue DS

At ChinaJoy 2005, iQue announced their library plans for the DS which included the unreleased games Daigasso! Band Brothers, Ridge Racer DS, Metroid Prime Hunters, Electroplankton, and Kirby: Canvas Curse.[6]

Later, an unreleased Simplified Chinese translation of Big Brain Academy can be seen in a trailer for the iQue DS Lite.

iQue Wii

An iQue Wii display at a Qingdao shopping mall.

The iQue Wii (sometimes known as the iQue Interactive Video Player) was a scrapped localization of the Nintendo Wii for mainland China. Even though the console had been approved for release in Qingdao as a test market, the system was met with resistance from the newly formed Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, ultimately leading to its cancellation.

10 games were planned to launch alongside the console but only four were officially announced. The games officially announced were, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Super Mario Galaxy, Wii Play, and Wii Sports. Wii Play and Wii Sports were later released in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan but they lack any Simplified Chinese translation, indicating that they are entirely separate from the iQue translations.[2][8]

Mario Kart 64 can be seen playing on TV as apart of an iQue Wii display lending credence to the possibility that iQue Player games may have been available on the system via the Wii's Virtual Console.

Remnants of a Simplified Chinese translation of Mario Kart Wii exist in the data of the game's Korean release, suggesting that it was another one of the console's launch titles.[9]

Simplified Chinese translations of Mario Kart Wii and Super Mario Galaxy were later released for the Nvidia Shield in 2018, however, no iQue staff are credited within the translation, meaning these are likely brand new translations.[8][10]

A localization of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was also planned but no work was done on it.[4]



iQue Player

iQue Game Boy Advance

iQue DS


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