Here’s Nintendo’s design for a case that turns your phone into a working GameBoy

Nintendo wants to protect your phone from scratches, and let you play Dr. Mario on your commute.

Nintendo looks set to rekindle childhood gaming nostalgia with the launch of a smartphone case with a working GameBoy built-in.

Following its monumental success with the NES and SNES Classic, it looks like Ninty is turning to the 90s handheld console for its next blockbuster commercial success.

Nintendo has patented a folio-style smartphone case with a Game Boy stitched into the front cover complete with physical D-pad, A, B and Start and Select buttons.

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. Presumably, the game will be played on the smartphone inside the case, with the video visible through the window in the front of the case.

When clasped over a smartphone, the physical buttons will interact with the smartphone touchscreen, the patent says

According to the patent, which was unearthed by technology blog Siliconera, the physical buttons on the front of the case are designed to interact with a touchscreen when the case is clasped over a smartphone.

The prospect of an official Game Boy app with access to the classic catalogue of titles is deeply excited, and something that could generate a bucketload of cash for Nintendo – especially if the games are sold as in-app purchases.

Unfortunately, there’s currently no word on a release date for the Game Boy case, or which smartphone models will be compatible with the design when it launches.

It’s also worth noting that Nintendo patents technology and products all the time which never make it to market, so it is possible the Game Boy case never leaves the company’s R&D department.

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Nintendo, Microsoft and Electronic Arts developers to make games on Ethereum blockchain!

A studio known as 8 Circuit Studios have begun building games on the Ethereum blockchain. The studio comprises of developers from prominent video game companies such as Nintendo, Microsoft, Electronic Arts and 343 Industries. The president of the studio is James Mayo, who is known for his work on Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, Age of Empires 2 and ‘F.E.A.R.’.

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The studio has already released a mobile game called “Alien Arsenal” on the Ethereum blockchain, along with a token known as the “8Bit Token”. This was distributed to players using what the developers called a “Space Drop Program” which is an airdrop.

The game features an alien which can be upgraded to fight in the “battle for the blockchain”. This is one of the “very first digital, upgradable assets ever made”. The 8Bit token can be used to level-up and trade with other players.
Even more exciting is a full video game title set for release next year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game is called D-PARC, and the tagline is “Create a character that can live forever.” The character will be fused to the blockchain and the player’s decision will carry “eternal consequences”.

The game promises to blend psychological survival mechanics with a first-person perspective. It will also feature space travel and ship-to-ship combat scenarios.
The game is based on the ship n-SATOSHI, a callback to the creator of Bitcoin. The aim of the game is to transport humanity’s last survivors to ‘New Eden’, with 100,001 humans as cargo on the ship.

James Mayo announced his plans for the future of the venture, saying:
“Phase one is simply saving the state of your character – level status, items, et cetera. The second is allowing you to bring that character into any and every game we publish. The final phase is allowing you to bring your character into any game you can imagine, regardless of the publisher who created it and the platform it’s on.”

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