Nintendo could be porting Game Boy games to smartphones

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Nintendo Could Be Porting Game Boy Games To Smartphones

A patent filed by Nintendo in June makes it look like Game Boy games might be finally coming to mobile platforms.

Yup, you might finally get to play Mario on your iPhone. The patent, disclosed and discovered by a NeoGAF user Thursday, is for an emulator - software that would mimic the original 1989 Game Boy, the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance.

The patent seems to be targeting mobile devices specifically but it also mentions PC and seat-back displays in airplanes.

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Emulators that bring Nintendo games to mobile devices have been around for years but they can be kind of sketchy to run, and aren't exactly legal in the first place. In fact, Apple straight up blocks them for getting into the App Store but Android users can still find them in Google Play.

People have long been hoping for Nintendo to bring Mario and Pokemon over to smartphones and tablets, but in the past the company has held firm that it wasn't going to happen.

Just last May, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Bloomberg, "Our games such as Mario and Zelda are designed for our game machines so if we transfer them into smartphones as they are, customers won't be satisfied. ... If customers aren't satisfied with the experience, it will decrease the value of our content. "

But maybe now Nintendo is looking for ways to offset its recent financial difficulties. Its newest console, the Wii U, has been getting trounced in sales by both the PS4 and Xbox One.

Sadly, there could be another, more boring reason for the patent. TechCrunch writes the filing could just be to protect Nintendo's own intellectual property and shut down illegal emulators, or just reserve the option for the company in the future.

Nintendo has not commented on the story but we are still holding out for the best. It'd be nice to have some decent games on mobile for once.

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Here a competitor tries to solve the Rubik cube on the final day of the 2010 Rubik's Cube German Championships in the 3x3x3 cube 'Classical category' in the western German city of Bottrop on September 12, 2010. 

The Rubik's Cube is among the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame, inducted in 2014. 

Here Erno Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik's Cube, poses with cubes at Liberty Science Center, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Jersey City, N.J.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Little Green Army Men are among the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame, inducted in 2014. 
Little Green Army Men are among the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame, inducted in 2014. 
Bubbles are among the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame, inducted in 2014. 
Bubbles are among the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame, inducted in 2014. 

Chess was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Here Magnus Carlsen, of Norway, currently the top ranked player in the world, ponders a move during his match against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, of France, during the sixth round of the Sinquefield Cup chess tournament Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Chess was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Here children play chess during a program of the NGO Compartir, in Tegucigalpa on August 29, 2014. (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rubber Duck was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2013. 
The Rubber Duck was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2013. 
Dominos were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2012. 
Dominos were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2012. 
Star Wars Action Figures were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2012. 
Star Wars Action Figures were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2012. 
Hot Wheels was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2011. (Photo by Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The Game of Life was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2010. (Photo by Jim Barcus/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
Playing cards were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2010. 
The Nintendo Game Boy was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2009. 
The skateboard was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008. 
The Atari 2600 Game System was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2007. 
The kite was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2007. 
The Easy-Bake Oven was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2006.  (Credit Image: © Napa Valley Register/ZUMAPRESS.com)
The Jack-in-the-Box was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2005. 
The G.I. Joe was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2004. 
The rocking horsewas inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2004. 
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Alphabet blocks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2003. 
Raggedy Annwas inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2002. 
Silly Putty was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2001. (Photo by Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
The Bicycle was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2000. 
The Bicycle was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2000. 

The Duncan Yo-Yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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The Duncan Yo-Yo was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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The Hula Hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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The Hula Hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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Lincoln Logs were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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Lincoln Logs were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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The Radio Flyer wagon was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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The Radio Flyer wagon was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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Roller skates were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Roller skates were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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The View-Master was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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The View-Master was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Barbie was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Barbie was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Crayola Crayons were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

The Crayola 64 Box of Crayons debuted in 1958. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Crayola Crayons were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

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The Erector Set was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

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The Erector Set was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

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The Etch-A-Sketch was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

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The Etch-A-Sketch was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

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The Frisbee was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

An original Frisbie pie tin is on display with more modern plastic Frisbees at the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
The Frisbee was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

Legos were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

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Legos were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

A young girl builds a structure with giant rubber Lego bricks at Berlin's Legoland Discovery Centre 29 March 2007. (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Marbles were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

Marbles were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

Play-Doh was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

(Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Play-Doh was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

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The Teddy Bear was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 
The Teddy Bear was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

Tinker Toys were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

Tinker Toys were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. 

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