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

06 October, 2018, 20:43 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Nintendo Has Patented a Functional GameBoy Case For Smartphones

Nintendo is big on its nostalgia, often re-exploring the classic consoles that made the company great. Hopefully, these will be offered free with the case, but it wouldn't be wholly surprising if Nintendo tried to charge £9.99 per game or only supported Kirby's Dream Land.

As Siliconera reports, a new patent has been filed by Nintendo for a Game Boy case that a touchscreen device such as a smartphone sits inside.

Overall, the purported case would essentially transform any touch-screen smartphone into an actual Game Boy, as pressing the buttons on the cover would come in contact with the touch-screen panel beneath it, resulting in an action executed on the screen. This includes physical A and B buttons, a directional pad and a cut out to display the device's screen where the screen of a regular Game Boy would be. Based on the design blueprints, it seems that the case's buttons will be placed over your smartphone's touchscreen and are meant to recognize and register any commands you might input. The case's front screen opening also leaves the speaker and camera uncovered, so they are usable with the case installed. This indicates that Nintendo might be considering the possibility of livestreaming while playing classic titles.


The carefully-sized gap for cameras and the snug casing suggests this won't be a one-size-fits-all kind of product, which should make some Nintendo fans nervous. However, the company is underrepresented in the smartphone arena.

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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