Is the Game Boy coming back? New Nintendo trademark suggests plan to resurrect handheld device – Daily Mail

Nintendo has filed a trademark for what appears to be the original Game Boy.

The trademark covers a host of applications, from home video game machines and decorative items to smartphone cases – and, the filing has sparked speculation that Nintendo could have new plans for the retro console.

As similar moves preceded the release of Nintendo’s NES Classic and Super NES Classic, many are wondering if the firm could now be planning a Classic version of the Game Boy.

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Nintendo has filed a trademark for what appears to be the original Game Boy

Nintendo has filed a trademark for what appears to be the original Game Boy

Nintendo has filed a trademark for what appears to be the original Game Boy.

Nintendo has filed a trademark for what appears to be the original Game Boy.

Nintendo has filed a trademark for what appears to be the original Game Boy (right). The new document includes a single image of the instantly recognizable Game Boy design (left)

The trademark was revealed by a Japanese trademark bot this month, after the firm filed on September 15.

It was then picked up by Ninten-Switch.

The new document includes a single image of the instantly recognizable Game Boy design.

It remains unclear what the purpose of the trademark filing could be, with some suggesting it could simply be a means to protect the brand, according to Kotaku.

But, many suspect a Classic Mini version could soon be on the way. 

This past summer, another trademark filing suggested the firm could be resurrecting the N64.

The move came just weeks after Nintendo revealed it’s bringing back the revered Super NES console in miniature form.

It remains unclear what the purpose of the trademark filing could be, with some suggesting it could simply be a means to protect the brand, according to Kotaku . But, many suspect a Classic Mini version could soon be on the way. Stock image

It remains unclear what the purpose of the trademark filing could be, with some suggesting it could simply be a means to protect the brand, according to Kotaku . But, many suspect a Classic Mini version could soon be on the way. Stock image

It remains unclear what the purpose of the trademark filing could be, with some suggesting it could simply be a means to protect the brand, according to Kotaku . But, many suspect a Classic Mini version could soon be on the way. Stock image

NINTENDO KILLS THE NES CLASSIC 

Nintendo launched the NES Classic mini console at the end of last year. 

It first went on sale on November 11 for $60 (£50), but following its release, many sellers on eBay saw bidding for the consoles go for far more.

In April, the firm announced it had ended production of the NES Classic, 32 years after the original was released.

The surprise announcement came after the retro game sold around 1.5 million units with around 196,000 devices snapped up by keen gamers almost immediately.

The company filed a single black-and-white image depicting a Nintendo 64 controller to the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

While Nintendo has not officially announced plans to launch a mini N64, the move appears to follow in the footsteps of the Classic Edition consoles that came before it, as similar trademark filings preceded both NES Classic and Super NES Classic. 

The trademark, filed on July 18 to EUIPO, illustrates the instantly-recognizable three-pronged form of the N64 controller.

The filing is registered under the ‘goods and services’ category.

Within days of its receipt, it was dug up by gamers on the NeoGAF forum, who were quick to point out its similarity to the steps that took place ahead of the firm’s other mini consoles.

The company filed a single black-and-white image depicting a Nintendo 64 controller to the European Union Intellectual Property Office this week. Gamers on the NeoGAF forum were quick to point out its similarity to steps that took place ahead of the firm¿s other mini consoles

The company filed a single black-and-white image depicting a Nintendo 64 controller to the European Union Intellectual Property Office this week. Gamers on the NeoGAF forum were quick to point out its similarity to steps that took place ahead of the firm¿s other mini consoles

The company filed a single black-and-white image depicting a Nintendo 64 controller to the European Union Intellectual Property Office this week. Gamers on the NeoGAF forum were quick to point out its similarity to steps that took place ahead of the firm’s other mini consoles

Similar trademarks filed by Nintendo ended up as logos on the boxes of its Classic Edition games, one user noted.

In both cases, a basic illustration of the relevant controller was used.

The previous month, Nintendo revealed its plans to launch a miniature version of the Super NES console, said to be one of the ‘greatest video game systems ever made.’

It originally launched in 1991.  

The $80 Super NES Classic Edition mini console is set to hit stores on September 29, and it will come with 21 built-in games – including beloved titles such as Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

The trademark, filed on July 18 to EUIPO , illustrates the instantly-recognizable three-pronged form of the N64 controller (pictured) 

The trademark, filed on July 18 to EUIPO , illustrates the instantly-recognizable three-pronged form of the N64 controller (pictured) 

The trademark, filed on July 18 to EUIPO , illustrates the instantly-recognizable three-pronged form of the N64 controller (pictured) 

Similar trademarks filed by Nintendo ended up on the boxes of its Classic Edition games, users noted. In both cases, a basic illustration of the relevant controller was used, as seen on the top of the box for the Super NES Classic Edition, above

Similar trademarks filed by Nintendo ended up on the boxes of its Classic Edition games, users noted. In both cases, a basic illustration of the relevant controller was used, as seen on the top of the box for the Super NES Classic Edition, above

Similar trademarks filed by Nintendo ended up on the boxes of its Classic Edition games, users noted. In both cases, a basic illustration of the relevant controller was used, as seen on the top of the box for the Super NES Classic Edition, above

THE ORIGINAL SNES

The SNES, known as the Super Famicon in Japan, was Nintendo’s 16-bit followup to its hugely popular NES console.

The system came with a host of popular games, including Street Fighter 2, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario World, and the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

And It was one of the top 20 best-selling games consoles of all time, recording 49.1 million units sold during its retail run from 1990 to 2003.

The new Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is a mini console that mimics the design of the original system.

It comes with two controllers, and plugs into any high-definition TV with an included HDMI cable.

Along with the familiar games included in the package, the Super NES mini console also comes with Star Fox 2 – an unreleased game that was supposed to launch in 1995.

In order to access this game, however, players will first have to beat the first level of the original Star Fox game.

‘While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it,’ said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

It¿s said to be one of the ¿greatest video game systems ever made,¿ and now, Nintendo has revealed it¿s resurrecting the Super NES console that first launched back in 1991. But, the new system will be much smaller than you remember

It¿s said to be one of the ¿greatest video game systems ever made,¿ and now, Nintendo has revealed it¿s resurrecting the Super NES console that first launched back in 1991. But, the new system will be much smaller than you remember

It’s said to be one of the ‘greatest video game systems ever made,’ and now, Nintendo has revealed it’s resurrecting the Super NES console that first launched back in 1991. But, the new system will be much smaller than you remember

The new Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is a mini console that mimics the design of the original system. It comes with two controllers, and plugs into any high-definition TV with an included HDMI cable

The new Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is a mini console that mimics the design of the original system. It comes with two controllers, and plugs into any high-definition TV with an included HDMI cable

The new Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition is a mini console that mimics the design of the original system. It comes with two controllers, and plugs into any high-definition TV with an included HDMI cable

‘With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while long-time fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends.’

The system will also come with a USB charging cable and AC adapter, and is set to launch at a suggested retail price of $79.99.

Back in November 2016, Nintendo released a mini version of its original game system, the Nintendo Entertainment system.

The retro console was an instant hit, and sold roughly 1.5 million units.

THE GAMES IT WILL COME WITH 

Contra III: The Alien Wars™

Donkey Kong Country™

EarthBound™

Final Fantasy III

F-ZERO™

Kirby™ Super Star

Kirby’s Dream Course™

The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™

Mega Man® X

Secret of Mana

Star Fox™ 

Star Fox™ 2

Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting

Super Castlevania IV™

Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts®

Super Mario Kart™

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™

Super Mario World™

Super Metroid™

Super Punch-Out!! ™

Yoshi’s Island™ 

But, in April, the firm revealed it was stopping production for good.

The new product is expected to be another hit among nostalgic gamers, especially following earlier rumors that the firm could be heading in this direction.

Last year, Nintendo had registered a new trademark for a controller shaped like the one it used for the Super Nintendo in the 1990s.

And although some thought it was a move to curb companies from using the SNES controller design for their knock-offs, many hoped Nintendo was planning to revive the system as a micro-console.

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