A new Nintendo patent shows how a smartphone case could turn your phone into a working Game Boy
- Nintendo filed a US patent for a Game Boy-style phone case in March 2018.
- The case is designed to turn a smartphone's touchscreen into a functioning Game Boy with a working control pad and buttons.
- Nintendo does not currently have any Game Boy software available for Android or iOS devices, but the case design suggests that a line of handheld games are on the way.
Like the original Game Boy, the case has A and B buttons, a directional pad, and start and select buttons. The L and R buttons featured on the Game Boy Advance are not present.
Nintendo does not currently offer any Game Boy software for Android or iOS devices, but this patented case could mean retro handheld games are on the way. Nintendo jumped into the smartphone gaming market in 2016 and has been wildly successful so far. "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, it's important to take this news with a grain of salt. Companies patent ideas all the time, and a very small number of them see the light of day, or make it into actual products you can buy. Still, we could see this smartphone case being a bit hit, especially among Nintendo fans.
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