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We review products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. While the case itself would be cool for retro gaming fans, another bit of good news is that this patent should mean Game Boy games are on the mobile roadmap for Nintendo.

According to a recent patent application filed this Spring, the Japanese tech company may be working on a Game Boy phone case built with operational buttons.

Nintendo has released a NES Classic and a SNES Classic, but will there ever be a GameBoy Classic? Simply purchase the case, place your phone inside and download an app, which will take the form of a Game Boy emulator.

As the images below show, the case has been fitted with a capacitive D-pad and A-B buttons, meaning they could be used to control and interact with the touchscreen beneath.

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Offering a case rather than a complete Game Boy certainly saves on cost for Nintendo, but it also poses a few big problems.

If Nintendo attempts to make the patent a reality, it will be interesting to see how the firm plans to pull this off given the vast differences in smartphone shapes and sizes. For example, every smartphone is a different size so how does the Game Boy case cope with that? Or has Nintendo found a size that works for every phone now available?

Keep the case closed and the game will display in the top half, making it look just like an old school Game Boy, but open it up and you can use your smartphone as usual.

The patent was spotted by Siliconera, which describes the case opening like a book. It's a clever idea, and one that may have grabbed Nintendo's attention.