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​Nintendo Patent Teases Clever, Working Gameboy Smartphone Case

​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.

The firm has already brought retro NES and SNES devices back to life, as part of their Classic series, and now it looks like focus has shifted to the original handheld gaming system.

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Whilst casually searching through the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, Siliconera found a patent for the interesting Game Boy-esque phone casing.

Credit: Nintendo
Credit: Nintendo

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.

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Credit: Nintendo
Credit: Nintendo

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.

Credit: Nintendo
Credit: Nintendo

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.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: Entertainment, Nintendo, Console, Technology, Smartphone

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

 

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