Nintendo has filed a trademark for its original Game Boy, prompting speculation that a Nintendo Classic Game Boy Mini could be in the works following the success of the NES Mini and the Super Nintendo Mini.
A Game Boy Classic trademark was filed by Nintendo on September 15th and picked up by a trademark bot. The trademark pertains to, among others, programs for portable electronic game machines, a storage medium in which a program for a portable electronic game machine is stored, a program for an electronic computer and a storage medium in which a program for an electronic computer is stored.
Before we go getting all excited though, the trademark could refer to just about anything, including Game Boy-themed key rings. Considering the inroads Nintendo has made with its Mini consoles though, it seems almost certain a Game Boy Classic has to be along at some stage. It’s also pertinent it was trademarked as a ‘Game Boy Classic’, exactly the sort of naming Nintendo would have to go with if this particular retro remake isn’t miniaturised. The Game Boy is roughly the same size as the NES and SNES Minis.
The original Game Boy and its Game Boy Color revision is still one of the bestselling games consoles of all time, racking up 118.69 million sales since its debut all the way back in 1989.
If Nintendo were to go ahead with a Game Boy Classic, it seems almost certain they’d have to ensure it was Game Boy Color compatible. The actual list of classics on the original Game Boy is a little on the small side, with just a handful of must plays like Tetris, Pokemon, Link’s Awaken, the Super Mario Land trilogy, Metroid II and a few more. Adding in Game Boy Color games would make it a much bigger sell, including the likes of Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Seasons, Metal Gear Solid, Wario Land 3, Shantae, Super Mario Bros Deluxe and more.
At this point, Nintendo working through its entire back catalogue of older consoles seems nearly inevitable, and barring a Nintendo 64 Mini next year, a Game Boy Classic seems an apt choice. Having a backlight on it would be nice this time around, rather than desperately trying to find a patch of sunlight to squint out through its murky green screen.
Hopefully, some third-parties can get onboard with the classic accessories as well. School playgrounds used to be full of people with screen magnifiers, hulking great battery packs, and even a Game Boy Printer. If your Game Boy didn’t end up looking like the Frankenstein’s monster below, you were doing it all wrong.