Could our favorite Nintendo Game Boy games be coming to other handhelds soon? Probably not – but Nintendo’s getting things ready just in case.
Nintendo has filed for a patent that would allow Game Boy games to be played on mobile devices.
This is, more than likely, a way for Nintendo to ensure someone else can’t file some kind of roundabout patent that Nintendo would then have to pay into, and maybe a way for them to be able to better go after those creating emulators – the patent even mentions emulation specifically.
As Polygon notes, Nintendo has been under significant pressure from analysts to put their games on other platforms, as the company’s brand and character recognition is many times more massive than their current install base. It would, undoubtedly, be a huge financial boon for the Japanese publisher, developer, and hardware manufacturer, but Nintendo seems to be looking toward the long term of the potential damage that could do to said brand recognition and, of course, to how mobile devices are already eating into 3DS sales.