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Nintendo patents case that turns phone into a working Gameboy

06 October, 2018, 20:42 | Author: Tara Roberts
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The source reckons that the uncovered patent confirms Nintendo's intent to market some kind of Game Boy emulation solution for smartphones, tablets, and possibly the Switch tablet too.

Rumours of a Game Boy revival have existed for years, but website Siliconera has noticed a new USA patent which is a Game Boy-shaped case for your smartphone.

Exterior Game Boy
Exterior

Nintendo has released a NES Classic and a SNES Classic, but will there ever be a GameBoy Classic?

Unfortunately, there's now no word on a release date for the Game Boy case, or which smartphone models will be compatible with the design when it launches. After all, a lot of touchscreen games utilize a classic, on-screen button interface that you interact with through your fingers. It's honestly not hard to find Game Boy cases for smartphones (a quick Google search will reveal quite a few that you can buy), but Nintendo's take on this concept seems to differ from the rest in two very distinct ways: it's official and it's fully functional. The frontside of the case, on the other hand, would act on its own with or without power from the phone. Games may be included with the app, or more likely will be purchased separately as apps (or game bundles) themselves. For example, every smartphone is a different size so how does the Game Boy case cope with that?

I'd be surprised to see this case launch and it may just be Nintendo using a patent to block someone else attempting the same thing. It's a clever idea, and one that may have grabbed Nintendo's attention.

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