Thursday, 13 December, 2018


Nintendo Hints at Playable Game Boy Case for Smartphone in New Patent

Nintendo Hints at Playable Game Boy Case for Smartphone in New Patent Nintendo Hints at Playable Game Boy Case for Smartphone in New Patent
Melba Vasquez | 07 October, 2018, 14:55

As soon as there is further information regarding the case I will be sure to update you.

The patent was filed for in March this year, so it could indicate the company is working on way to emulate Game Boy games on smartphones.

As the images below show, the case has been fitted with a capacitive D-pad and A-B buttons, meaning they could be used to control and interact with the touchscreen beneath. The buttons on the case would tap the touchscreen when pressed and therefore register as button presses in whatever game is being played on the section of the touchscreen visible through the cutout where the Game Boy screen would be.

However, there's another aspect to the Switch's capacity to play games originally developed for other platforms, the ability to play mobile games on the big screen.

Yes, it looks like this case will allow your smartphone to function just like an old-school Game Boy.

The Game Boy case would open up to the full phone screen on the right side.

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.

The phone's top and bottom are left unobstructed by the case. The decision to keep these parts of a user's phone available could be because Nintendo is intending this to be more than a novelty.

The prospect of an official Game Boy app with access to the classic catalogue of titles is deeply excited, and something that could generate a bucketload of cash for Nintendo - especially if the games are sold as in-app purchases. Dragalia Lost and Fire Emblem Heroes were built to take specific advantage of smart phones.

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