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Could Nintendo Be Preparing To Re-Release The Original Game Boy?

James Dawson

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Could Nintendo Be Preparing To Re-Release The Original Game Boy?

Classic console fans, buckle your proverbial seat belts, because it looks like another of Nintendo's most iconic consoles could be about to get a reboot.

A new trademark application, filed by the Japanese gaming giant, has got the rumour mill running overtime, as fans cross their fingers for the return of the original Game Boy.

Credit: Bryan Ochalla (Creative Commons)

It may seem far-fetched, but given that Nintendo has recently released miniature versions of both the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, it's definitely not beyond the realms of possibility.

The application was picked up by a Japanese trademark bot and posted on social networking site, Twitter. Obviously, a re-release is far from guaranteed, but with the 30th anniversary of the original Game Boy less than two years away, it's most definitely not out of the question.

Trademark applications can be very broad, but with Nintendo's recent trend of shrinking down classic consoles, a Game Boy Classic Mini doesn't seem like too much of a stretch of the imagination. However, regardless of whether or not a mini Game Boy Classic ever comes to fruition, the rumours have already whipper Twitter up into a frenzy of speculation.

The original Game Boy was first released all the way back in 1989 and was the company's first ever hand-held console.

Combining elements of both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch, it was originally made available either as a stand-alone console, or as a bundle with now-iconic puzzle game Tetric.

Competing with Sega's Game Gear, Atari's Lynx, and NEC's TurboExpress, the Game Boy soon blew all of its rivals out of the water and became an unparalleled success.

Along with its successor, the Game Boy Color, it has sold over 118 million units worldwide.

Featured Image Credit: William Warby (Creative Commons)

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