Earlier this year, Nintendo launched the SNES Classic, a highly sought-after item that has sold out almost every time it’s gone on sale. The miniature console comes preloaded with 20 classic games and a $80 price tag, making it the ideal purchase for anyone looking to get their nostalgia fix.
Based on the success of the Classic, it only makes sense for Nintendo to continue to profit off of people who can’t get enough of the 80s and 90s. If a recently filed patent is to be believed, the company is planning to bring the Game Boy back in a move that is sure to delight anyone who spent countless days and nights squinting at the screen because backlights weren’t invented yet.
As Kotaku notes, the patent covers a variety of products:
[I[t covers a variety of “home video game console” programs as well as “programs for smartphones,” “smartphone cases,” “smartphone covers,” as well as “key holders,” “necklaces,” and “watches.” Some of the trademarks could be to protect the “Nintendo Classic Mini Game Boy” brand or they could simply be to protect the Game Boy brand.
Details are scarce, but the handheld is expected to come preloaded with 20-30 games with a projected release date of 2019. We can only hope it’s worth the wait.