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Nintendo patents a Game Boy case for touchscreen devices

Nintendo patents a Game Boy case for touchscreen devices”

The Game Boy case is specifically designed for devices with a capacitive touchscreen, i.e., the vast majority of smartphones these days. It might just be because Nintendo has such obvious bounds around its intellectual property - or it could be because Nintendo REALLY wants to make this product FAST.

Siliconera has spotted a new U.S. patent filed by Nintendo which seems to be related to a plastic smartphone case that strongly resembles the design of the classic Game Boy.

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 was first filed in March of this year, which might make this the fastest patent ever from application to publication.

Nintendo already offers a range of emulated Game Boy games for download on the 3DS, and numerous games are still perfectly playable today. How do you feel about the new case patents? That would tend to suggest that it might not be created to function with all existing smartphone games.

Unofficial versions of the same idea are already commonplace but this one is different because the buttons actually work, since they react with the touchscreen underneath.

If made into an actual product, the design appears to allow players access to the tactile D-pad and A & B buttons that were once hard-wired into the handheld-addicted sense memories of gamers of a certain age. Imagine this case, a connection to all original GameBoy games, complete with a touchscreen besides. And as always, just because there's a patent doesn't mean the company is going to use it.



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