- The correct title of this article is iQue. The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions.
The iQue Player (pronounced "IQ", the system's name is also Nintendo iQue) is a video game console that is being manufactured by iQue, a joint venture between Nintendo and Chinese-American scientist Dr Wei Yen. The system also goes under the Chinese name of Shén Yóu Ji (神游机), literally "Holy Playing Machine". The console itself takes the form of the controller and plugs directly into the television. At the moment, it is only planned to be sold in China, mainly because of the rampant piracy issues there.
The iQue was first announced at the 2003 Tokyo Game Show, and it was released in mainland China on November 17, 2003. A Japanese release was originally planned for mid-October 2004, but was delayed. iQue and Nintendo have no current release dates for the rest of the world.
Games for this console are stored on a 64MB flash card which is contained within a cartridge that plugs directly into controller/console. Games are purchased at a special "iQue depot" where games may be downloaded onto the cartridge and played later, in a similar manner to the Famicom Disk System.
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