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Nintendo patents a Game Boy case for touchscreen devices

07 October 2018

Imagine a world where your phone is the brain and your phone case is the screen and the physical buttons. This case was planned to roll with full original GameBoy power, and to house a smartphone besides.

Below the cutout is a D-pad which lies to the left of the case while two individual buttons reside on the right-hand side followed by two more buttons at the center below them which is reminiscent of the "start" and "select" keys we usually see on consoles.

While the case itself is pretty neat, it raises the interesting question of whether Nintendo is working on bringing Game Boy titles to smartphones and similar devices.

If a recent patent has any say on the future, Nintendo may be working on a playable Game Boy phone case that would work in tandem with your touchscreen smartphone.

A window would let owners view a Game Boy-sized portion of their screen, and as you might've guessed, that's where games would be displayed. This would enable a Game Boy-esque system to be built on smart phones.

It appears that won't be the case (get it?) for much longer, as it's been revealed that Nintendo has filed a patent for an official smartphone case that will turn your handset into the beloved 90s portable. A pair of those will cost you 50 - hopefully this phone case, if it materialises, will come a little cheaper.

The Game Boy may be about to make a comeback on smartphones, if a clever new patent is anything to go by.

The drawings primarily show fingers being used to control the games, but if you see the patent's language includes mention of a possible camera and a microphone addition for input, alongside "an external operation apparatus". "Pokemon Go" was a global phenomenon when it launched in July 2016 and "Fire Emblem Heroes" has grossed more than $400 million worldwide since its launch in February 2017.

Nintendo patents a Game Boy case for touchscreen devices