Nintendo patents GameBoy emulator for mobile and other devices, a sign Pokemons are heading to your screens

Nintendo patents GameBoy emulator for mobile and other devices, a sign Pokemons are heading to your screens
Does your smartphone suffer from an unfortunate lack of Super Mario and Pokemon? You might be pleased to know that Nintendo, who has been struggling to make ends meet in its console business, is finally considering bringing its timeless gaming classics on mobile. The US Patent Office's website revealed that the company has patented an elaborate software emulator for its GameBoy consoles, which could see GB titles run on seat-back displays in airjets and passenger trains, as well as desktop and mobile devices. 

Of course, even the cheapest Android smartphone can eat GameBoy emulation for breakfast, so the idea of an official Nintendo emulator for mobile sounds quite redundant, but it could be a sign of bigger and better things to come. Right now, the company lets gamers play SNES, NES, and GameBoy oldies on the Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. This can easily extend to smartphones and tablets, and the possibility of (legally and natively) playing the fine 3D games of Nintendo's modern consoles on mobile devices sounds quite nice.

Of course, it's unlikely Nintendo will simply release an emulator app and call it a day. Most likely, it's working on a platform on which to build its games as mobile-native apps. Such a platform could provide the foundation for fully porting the latest instalments in Nintendo's franchises. So far, Nintendo has only been releasing spin-off and companion apps for its Wii and Wii U titles, but the company has to reconsider its mobile strategy or risk more financial problems and headaches.

source: TechCrunch



32. leo.d.monkey

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

finally i tought nintendo didnt want our money

28. Magnetosphere

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

Why did they need to patent this? How could they patent this? Unless their emulator somehow operates on native virtualized code from the architecture of the machines being emulated, they could just as well find someone making the top-rated emulator for Nintendo games and pay them to get a trademark. Even the few patents depicted show nothing more than a person using generic gaming appliances (with the exception of the one showing the actual virtualization process, but I doubt they did anything new to make this "original"). This is the kind of Apple-esque "rectangle with rounded edges" bull**** that makes me lose faith in the patent system.

27. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Nintendo is hopefully making the move to accepting emulators, maybe with official ones, allowing smart devices and pc's and such to play the older games officially, But as xperian mentions, might also just be to prevent emulators.

26. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

bring Super Smash Brothers Brawl and Mario World Party to PC!

24. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I really hope Nintendo makes a NES slim wireless controller. Allow us to emulate NES and Gameboy games... I will buy games. Ninja Gaiden nostlagia...

23. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I think Nintendo patented this to stop people from making emulators or to ban them from google play. Anyway, smartphones are not the best way to emulate consoles, I use my PSP as an emulation machine

31. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

my guess as well, although I suppose it wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility to see Pokemon games on Mobile, Nintendo doesn't have a majority stake in The Pokemon Company or Gamefreak, they could develop for other platforms if they wanted to, although I bet Nintendo has had that talk with them before and threatened them from doing it.

22. Zylam

Posts: 1827; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The problem isn't emulation or software, its the game controller. MS, Apple and Google arn't taking the portable gaming market seriously at all, they need to release certified universal gaming controllers and a blueprint that OEM's use to ensure compatibility, just like everyone places the MircoUSB at the bottom etc.. The OS's already support native controller input, finally! But its still not being taken seriously. What is everyone waiting for?

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Considering that you couldn't get me to drop the money needed for a dedicated handheld game console if you held a gun to my head, I approve of this move by Nintendo. They're finally recognizing that they can reach a far wider audience by branching beyond their own hardware in mobile gaming. I would be willing to play Pokemon again if it were on an Android phone.

19. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

It's beyond my belief why Nintendo hasn't jumped into putting their franchise products on iOS or Android. Pokemon, Mario, etc. you name it, they would've made millions and millions for doing that.

20. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

but it should kill their console and portable console too

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is not going to help Nintendo make some money. They have to redesign the Wii so they can FORCE DEV to make more games for their system.

18. mixedfish

Posts: 1574; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Yeah, chain up those devs to a chair and force their eyelids open, whilst having someone shout in their ears and whipping them. It will surely 'force' them into making games.

12. Blazers

Posts: 794; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The Wii U has been out for two years now, and no official Mario game, and still waiting for a new Zelda. Unacceptable.

13. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Excuse me, Super Mario 3D World.

15. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

which as fun af and the multiplayer looked bad and messy but turned out to be awesome

30. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

and New Super Mario Brothers U.

11. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Recently it has been going good with nintendo but I think they won't port zelda,pokemon or mario it's more like giving developers a new platform to develop app to support the 3ds and wii u.

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Nintendo needs to do something fast, because they are losing money in bucket loads. Their third party lineup is nonexistent, and they are too proud to do anything about it. I don't believe this well help them; I think it will do the exact opposite. They do make money off hardware, and moving to mobile, it will hurt that source of income.

6. revampmybrain unregistered

I made an account just to point out the typo in the title. Pokemon is already plural, no need for the s.

10. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013


14. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

ahahahahaha this is gold

25. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

true story ;')

5. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Good move but I believe it would be better if Apple bought Nintendo since they are struggling and we had the chance to see modern releases on the iPads and IPhones...

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

If apple bought Nintendo, hardcore gamers would avoid it like a plague. Pokemon, Zelda, and Mario as mobile games? Great franchises ruined. And apple has gotten in the console market, but failed. Ir was the Pippin, and no one wanted it.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

They're not struggling that bad. They have tons of money in the bank, 3DS is the best selling console and although Wii U doesn't sell nearly as well as Nintendo hoped it would it's still not that bad. I mean some months it's been selling more than Xbone for example. Nintendo as a whole is in a lot better situation than Sony for example.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

3DS XL I am getting their new revise model.

29. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

yea but Sony just needs to divest in segments its doing poorly in to focus on ones it is killing it in (like gaming). Nintendo is pretty much only gaming, at least here in the US. Maybe Nintendo will need to divest in areas they are doing poorly in, Japan is definitely not one of them, Wii U is still outselling the other consoles and only recently PS4 has started selling more on a weekly basis, and 3DS is just way ahead of everything else there including the Wii U. Heck, Vita is doing better than everything there except 3ds and we know how well the Vita's doing LOL.

4. Omarc07

Posts: 593; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Yay hope its tru even tho i already play pokemon emerald on my phone .

3. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

Even after becoming an adult, I still get excited after seeing any kind of Pokemon content anywhere..

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