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Nintendo Hints at Game Boy Classic With Trademark Filing

Nintendo Hints at Game Boy Classic With Trademark Filing

Jumping back in time to make a Classic edition of the Game Boy simply doesn't fit this logical progression.

Now the Japanese giant has apparently trademarked the design of the 1989 Game Boy handheld.

Considering the staggering popularity of the NES and SNES Classic Mini consoles, why wouldn't Nintendo continue re-releasing consoles from yesteryear? According to Rocket News 24, the name "Game Boy" wasn't actually part of the trademark filing, but that image is unmistakable.

The rapidly-developing SNES Classic hacking scene has already gotten to the point where owners of the system can add new stuff relatively easily.

Still, it would appear Nintendo has made good on its promise to get more units into consumers' hands. Since then, Nintendo has released increasingly sophisticated mobile consoles, culminating in the Switch, its first true hybrid game system. There were 1,049 games released for the handheld, so Nintendo shouldn't have any trouble choosing a couple of dozen.

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So, does this mean that a Game Boy Classic is in the works? In five months before going out of stock due to heavy demand, the NES Classic sold 2.3 million units, notes Fortune.

Even though a Classic Mini Game Boy is not completely out of question, there are some limitations to it.

Originally filed on September 15, the posting flew under the radar until this week.

Separately, there are reports that the Japanese company could be working on one more "Classic Edition", this time of the N64 console, which sold almost 33 million units during its availability from 1996-2003. It is unclear if and when that might happen since 2018 is most likely the year we'll see the N64 Classic Edition (if it ever materializes).


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