Nintendo Patents Gameboy Emulation for Cell Phones and Seat Back Displays

On November 27, Nintendo acquired a patent for emulating Gameboy, Gameboy Color and/or Gameboy Advance on “a low-capability target platform (e.g., a seat-back display for airline or train use, a personal digital assistant, a cell phone)” according to the patent’s abstract.

The patent doesn’t guarantee an official Gameboy emulator on Android or iOS, but it does show some promise. Nintendo has been historically against emulation, stating “the introduction of emulators created to play illegally copied Nintendo software represents the greatest threat to date to the intellectual property rights of video game developers” on their website.

While filing a patent allowing for cell phone play of Gameboy games doesn’t exactly say, “Free games for everyone!” it’s a step in the right direction for a company that hasn’t budged on the topic of emulation in the many years it’s existed. “If you can’t beat ’em, then join ’em, (and make them pay),” seems to be Nintendo’s new attitude. Maybe.