Are We Getting A Game Boy Classic?
With the Super Nintendo Classic still sold out at most retailers, Nintendo is already sparking rumors surrounding their next Classic console. The company recently filed a trademark which included an image of the original Game Boy.
Last week, a Japanese Twitter account which posts trademark information reported on the trademark. The tweet contained an image of the original Game Boy as well as information regarding what the trademark would cover such as video game consoles, clothing, and similar merchandise.
— 商標速報bot (@trademark_bot) October 6, 2017
The tweet was sent out a week ago, but the news didn’t break until the Japanese news site Rocket News 24 reported on it yesterday. According to Rocket News, the name “Game Boy” does not appear anywhere in the tweet, but the image is clearly of the classic Nintendo handheld.
There are a couple of potential reasons for Nintendo to follow a copyright right claim on the Game Boy. The first, and more boring option, is that it is merely trying to protect its brand and ensure that no one produces a knockoff retro Game Boy or Game Boy themed merchandise.
The second reason is that Nintendo might be preparing to release a classic version of its legendary handheld console. Given that the console’s 30th anniversary is right around the corner in 2019, it would make sense that Nintendo would try to capitalize on the nostalgia surrounding it.
However, if Nintendo does decide to release a Classic version of the Game Boy, let’s hope they don’t shrink it. One of the biggest flaws with the original Game Boy was how hard it could be to see the screen. Rivals such as Sega’s Game Gear boasted of their larger screen size as a selling point. In fact, we wouldn’t have a problem if they made the screen a bit bigger.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.