Nintendo Patent Teases Clever, Working Gameboy Smartphone Case
A recently discovered patent seemingly reveals Nintendo's plans to revive the classic Game Boy console through a rather clever mobile phone case.
Whilst casually searching through the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, Siliconera found a patent for the interesting Game Boy-esque phone casing.
If these drawings are anything to go by, the case design will allow players to replicate original Game Boy titles through their smartphones, with the shell acting as a console replacement.
There'll most likely be a d-pad and A, B, Start, and Select buttons on the underneath touchscreen, which match perfectly with buttons on the phone case.
It's a similar story with the game display, as there's an obvious portion cut from the shell to allow users to see gameplay - mirroring actual Game Boy designs.
Could this mean new, Game Boy specific apps are on the way? And could each game be playable without the case? Some sort of emulation has to be in the works, and it's left us wondering why this hasn't been officially done before.
Imagine being able to download your favourite Game Boy classics straight to your smartphone, and have a pretty cool case to play them with? I know I can, and I also know what's at the top of my Christmas list.
Unfortunately, we might not get to see the case in time for this year's Crimbo, as the patent was only filed in March this year. Do keep your ears open for an announcement, though, especially now the design is out there.
What do you think about this news? Would you like to have one of these cases? Would you prefer an original? What about a new Game Boy Classic? Let us know.
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