[H]ardOCP: NIntendo Has Patented a Game Boy Conversion Case for Smartphones

Isaac Cain
October 7, 2018

The Game Boy case is specifically designed for devices with a capacitive touchscreen, i.e., the vast majority of smartphones these days. When the buttons are pressed, a conductive sheet is used on the inside to ensure fully functional input on the touchscreen. A recently published Nintendo patent shows a cover that turns a touchscreen device into a GameBoy.

We don't know which devices Nintendo may be developing its Game Boy case for, but we do know that Link's Awakening is a classic worthy of being continually rediscovered by new generations of smart phone-toting fans.

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If made into an actual product, the design appears to allow players access to the tactile D-pad and A & B buttons that were once hard-wired into the handheld-addicted sense memories of gamers of a certain age.

Since the invention of smartphones, the phone case industry has been developing all types of cases, including ones that look like the first Game Boy. This means that Nintendo could have plans for bringing the Game Boy casing to tablets and maybe even the Nintendo Switch as well. The top and bottom of the phone are not obstructed, so the user can still connect the device to a speaker or USB device. There is also a cutout for the front-facing camera. Would Nintendo release a variety of cases to support the most popular phones, and would it release updated versions to make sure you can keep playing after a phone upgrade? Both titles are utterly addictive, and welcome additions to the Nintendo game library. "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.

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