The patent discusses emulation of games on mobile devices, seat-back displays, and personal digital assistants, and speculations has raised multiple theories within the gaming community regarding what it means for Nintendo:
- Nintendo is considering entering the mobile market by releasing Gameboy titles on devices such as the iPhone. Previously, Nintendo optimized Miiverse, its social media platform, for mobile devices and released Pokedexios, a mobile Pokedex for iOS devices.
- Nintendo is planning on integrating Gameboy emulation into seatback displays. Although untraditional in the West, Japan is characteristic for its implementation of advanced technology in daily life.
- Nintendo wants to stop current emulation on mobile devices. Although no longer available on the Apple store, emulators for Android and Windows devices are both popular and reliable. Nintendo may consider these emulators a threat to their virtual console sales, and could use this patent to end their distribution through official outlets.
It is worth noting that a previous version of the patent exists, and this update does not necessarily mean Nintendo is crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s before making major movements in new markets.
I would be interested in Nintendo branching out to mobile devices, and I think it would be economically beneficial for them in the short-term. However, availability on mobile devices may decrease handheld console sales, so I understand their need to maintain an isolated environment.
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