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Nintendo patent imagines turning your phone into a GameBoy

What if Nintendo's GameBoy Classic is just a phone case and an app?

Gordon Gottsegen CNET contributor
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This may look like a GameBoy, but it has a touchscreen device inside.

Nintendo/United States Patent and Trademark Office

Nintendo has released a NES Classic and a SNES Classic, but will there ever be a GameBoy Classic?

Nintendo has apparently thought of one way to bring the GameBoy back. A recently published Nintendo patent shows a cover that turns a touchscreen device into a GameBoy.

Read: How the Nintendo Switch make you feel like a kid with a Game Boy again.

The patent was originally filed in March and published in late September, then spotted this week by Siliconera.

The GameBoy cover seems to attach like a folio-style phone case. Close the cover and you'll be able to see the screen through a square cutout. Underneath the cutout are buttons that interact with the touchscreen and act as controls.


The folio opens to show the inside cover of the GameBoy case and the touchscreen device.

Nintendo/United States Patent and Trademark Office

Paired with some sort of downloadable software, this patented cover could give you a GameBoy-like experience. Best of all, it could potentially work with hardware you already have (like a smartphone or touchscreen device).

Nintendo didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.