That said, Nintendo did prove it can go tiny and functional with its 2005 Game Boy Micro so if the Game Boy Classic Mini were to emerge, we imagine it'd be something similar to the miniature Game Boy Advance.
Though Nintendo is now more into mobile games, the Game Boy holds a nostalgic value to the fans.
A Twitter bot tasked with skimming Japanese trademarks recently stumbled across one from Nintendo that has the Internet talking.
"I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on a SNES Classic on any of the auction sites". But while Nintendo does not own that distinction, the company is credited with popularizing the concept of a handheld game console, with its original Game Boy released a full decade later on April 21, 1989.
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It doesn't specify the name on the trademark, but it covers a variety of "home video game console" programs as well as "programs for smartphones", "smartphone cases" and "smartphone covers", as well as "key holders", "necklaces" and "watches". There were 1,049 games released for the handheld, so Nintendo shouldn't have any trouble choosing a couple of dozen.
A trademark application this broad is, of course, no indication that Nintendo has any plans to release a Classic Mini Game Boy but it's interesting timing given the recent release of the SNES Classic Mini.
As for why the company is filing these patents, Nintendo could just be attempting to prevent third-party companies from using the likeness of the Game Boy or the Nintendo 64 for non-affiliated products. There's a lot more this trademark covers, but those examples should give you an idea of what kind of scope Nintendo is working with. That move seems even more likely as the 30th anniversary of the first Game Boy will happen in 2019.