(Corrects third paragraph to show Nintendo hampered by Chinese not Japanese regulations)
TOKYO, April 19 (Reuters) - Nintendo shares were untraded with a glut of buy orders in early Tokyo trade on Friday, a day after China’s Tencent won a key approval to begin selling Nintendo’s Switch console in China, the world’s largest games market.
Nintendo’s U.S.-listed shares rose 12 percent overnight after the Chinese province of Guangdong approved Tencent to distribute the Switch console with a test version of the “New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe” game.
The Kyoto-based games maker has been hampered by Chinese regulations and the search for a partner in its efforts to bring its hybrid home-portable Switch console to China, holding back the development of console gaming there. (Reporting by Sam Nussey Editing by Paul Tait)