It appears as though fans of the late 80’s to early 90’s Nintendo Game Boy will soon be able to relive the nostalgia of Super Mario Land and Tetris on their cellphones.
A recent new patent by Nintendo would enable the electronics giant to make their line of mobile gaming consoles, including its Game Boy line, available in various settings such as the back of airplane seats and mobile devices like cellphones and tablets. The patent is actually a revision of a previous patent by the company, so while it’s not completely new, it does show that Nintendo has taken a renewed interest in bringing some of its popular games of old to a whole new audience in a contemporary way.
According to Techcrunch.com, this latest patent will help Nintendo expand in an area in which thus far it’s been reluctant to fully navigate:
Already, Nintendo emulates some of its past console titles on newer systems, providing access to SNES, NES and Game Boy classics on the Wii, Wii U and 3DS. This patent would see it expand those offerings to a range of devices, including potentially smartphones. Many have called for the company to consider making its signature titles available on smartphone devices as a way to shore up struggling hardware sales, but thus far the company has seemed reluctant to the idea.
It’s not uncommon for gaming fans to create knockoff software versions of Nintendo’s popular games, so it is a safe bet that a authentic offering would be a huge commercial success for the company.