One of the main problems of smartphones when playing games is the absence of physical controls, which instead depend upon touch controls. However, a recent patent filed by Nintendo hints at an exciting future for smartphone gaming. This new patent hints at a case for smartphones with Game Boy controls.
As you can see in the images, the patent hints at a concept for a folio smartphone case. What’s really interesting though is design that reminds us of the Game Boy. There is a window to view the phone screen, a cutout for the earpiece/speaker. Towards the bottom, you can see familiar action buttons, and the navigation buttons same as what you would find on the Game Boy.
The patent also showcases the working of the case. There is a possibility that the buttons on the case will come in contact with the smartphone’s screen to emulate a user’s touch. The buttons use a conductive foil that allows the screen of the mobile device to detect when players make use of the buttons.
Although the patent images show only a mobile device, the product description indicates that the case may not be intended solely for this purpose. “It can be placed on other electronic equipment such as a tablet”. Logically, this would mean that Nintendo is working on bringing several models for the Game Boy case, although at the moment nothing is known about them.
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Unsurprisingly, there is no word on when Nintendo plans to launch this Game Boy case. The company is known to patent many ideas, and many don’t reach the masses. It would be interesting to see when the Game Boy case will reach the stores, and how Nintendo designs it to fit devices of different sizes and design.