Nintendo could make a playable Game Boy phone case

Nintendo Has Patented a Functional GameBoy Case For Smartphones

It has been reported that Nintendo is working on a case that can turn a smartphone into a working Game Boy, fulfilling the dreams of nostalgic gamers worldwide.

There isn't a Game Boy screen sewn into the cover, instead Nintendo has included a cut-out in the case with the same 1:1 aspect ratio as the original console screen.

Nintendo will have to overcome technical challenges as smartphone cases are model specific.

The description also confirms that the top and bottom of the phone won't be obstructed, meaning you'll be able to plug in a headphone or charger during play.

An investigation of Siliconera discovered that Nintendo filed a patent in the United States in March of this year related to a housing with Game Boy design that could be used in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, although the information only refers to its use in electronic devices.

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The folio opens to show the inside cover of the GameBoy case and the touchscreen device.

Nintendo does not now have any Game Boy software available for Android or iOS devices, but the case design suggests that a line of handheld games are on the way.

At present, there's no word on a release date for the Game Boy case, and it's also unclear which devices it will be compatible with - the patent shows fitted corners on the inside of the case to hold devices tight, suggesting this won't be a one-size-fits-all affair.

Nintendo recently began selling NES-style controllers for the Switch to use with the console's new Online Subscription service, which includes access to more than 20 NES games on demand. Nintendo jumped into the smartphone gaming market in 2016 and has been wildly successful so far. Companies patent ideas all the time, and a very small number of them see the light of day, or make it into actual products you can buy. What remains to be seen is whether Nintendo will launch a variety of cases to support these popular titles.

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