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.
A recent patent from Nintendo has revealed that the company has plans for making a Game Boy-like casing for touchscreen devices, most likely smart-phones.
There isn't a Game Boy screen sewn into the cover, instead Nintendo has included a cut-out in the case with the same 1:1 aspect ratio as the original console screen.
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An investigation of Siliconera discovered that Nintendo filed a patent in the United States in March of this year related to a housing with Game Boy design that could be used in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, although the information only refers to its use in electronic devices.
Nintendo looks set to rekindle childhood gaming nostalgia with the launch of a smartphone case with a working GameBoy built-in.
Not completely, of course: you won't have to stock up on AA batteries or hunt down your cartridges, and you won't lose the ability to tweet or email (unless you get hooked on Tetris). This case would make it easy to play those games as they were originally intended, and those who don't purchase the case could still play those games in some other format (at least in theory). The smartphone would snap into place on the bottom layer of the case.
Rumours of a Game Boy revival have existed for years, but website Siliconera has noticed a new USA patent which is a Game Boy-shaped case for your smartphone. Still, we could see this smartphone case being a bit hit, especially among Nintendo fans.