Nintendo patents Game Boy smartphone case - Hardware

Nintendo patents Game Boy smartphone case - Hardware

It is possible that Nintendo will be releasing the Game Boy phone case as soon as this holiday season.

Nintendo will have to overcome technical challenges as smartphone cases are model specific. It would be interesting to see when the Game Boy case will reach the stores, and how Nintendo designs it to fit devices of different sizes and design.

But Nintendo itself has registered a U.S. patent (dug up by Siliconera) for a plastic shell which encases your phone in a Game Boy-shaped case, complete with working buttons.

The case is created to turn a smartphone's touchscreen into a functioning Game Boy with a working control pad and buttons.

We don't know which devices Nintendo may be developing its Game Boy case for, but we do know that Link's Awakening is a classic worthy of being continually rediscovered by new generations of smart phone-toting fans.

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The patent, discovered by Siliconera, shows a shell casing for a phone that covers all but a small portion of the upper screen.

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

Unfortunately, there's now no word on a release date for the Game Boy case, or which smartphone models will be compatible with the design when it launches.

It looks like Nintendo is working on an official Game Boy case for smartphones. This case would make it easy to play those games as they were originally intended, and those who don't purchase the case could still play those games in some other format (at least in theory). Nintendo jumped into the smartphone gaming market in 2016 and has been wildly successful so far.

Whether there's enough good ones to justify what is probably going to be quite an expensive smartphone case remains to be seen though.

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