Nintendo Game Boy Case Patent Turns Smartphones Into Portable Consoles

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Fortunately, a patent spotted by Siliconera suggests that Nintendo might finally be giving it a whirl with its own folio-style Game Boy case for touchscreen devices.

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. Even so, Nintendo doesn't want to restrict itself to smartphones with this patent and mentions that such a cover could be used by "other electronic equipment such as a tablet terminal that does not have a telephone function".

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

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

Nintendo's phone case patent turns your handset into a Game Boy

This may look like a GameBoy, but it has a touchscreen device inside.

Although the patent images show only a mobile device, the product description indicates that the case may not be intended exclusively for this goal. Smartphone cases tend to be model-specific. Simply purchase the case, place your phone inside and download an app, which will take the form of a Game Boy emulator. Nintendo jumped into the smartphone gaming market in 2016 and has been wildly successful so far.

If Nintendo attempts to make the patent a reality, it will be interesting to see how the firm plans to pull this off given the vast differences in smartphone shapes and sizes. "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. Still, we could see this smartphone case being a bit hit, especially among Nintendo fans.

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