Hark, Pokéfans! Nintendo has just bagged a patent that details mobile game console emulation across a smorgasbord of devices.
Envisioned is a system where Game Boy titles could be played on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, as well as more obscure interfaces like seat-back displays on airplanes and trains.
Of course, emulation’s nothing new – computers and Android phones have long had the ability to replicate Game Boy hardware in a virtual environment.
In fact the Google Play Store is chock full of such emulators, including various Game Boy devices.
What’s interesting here though is that Nintendo would be legitimising the entire process.
Currently, unless you own a physical copy of a game, it’s illegal to download and play a virtual ROM of the title.
If Nintendo was backing the process, both the emulator and the ROMs would all be above board, legally speaking – although there’s a good chance it’ll charge a premium for the officiated service.
It wouldn’t be particularly difficult to implement either – the processing power required to churn out Game Boy standard graphics is minimal by today’s standards, and most modern handsets can run classic titles with ease.
Of course, it’s entirely possible Nintendo might not even make use of the patent, although a sales boon from emulated ROMs would hardly be unwelcome at Nintendo HQ.
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