Nintendo Files Patent to Allow Game Boy Emulation on Phones, PC, PDA and More
NeoGAF user, who goes by the name of Rösti, has managed to locate a Nintendo patent that has been made public by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The patent is based on allowing Game Boy emulation on other hardware including mobile phones, PCs, seat back displays of planes/trains and even on PDA.
Emulators for Gameboy Advance have been circulating for over a decade now, but the thing is, they are all illegal and they don’t provide any kind of profit to Nintendo.
By officially creating and releasing an emulator, Nintendo will not only create a huge dent in the usage of already available emulators, but it will also earn some profit for itself.
The emulators for Game Boy can easily be found on Google Play Store and Windows Phone marketplace. They were available for iOS users as well, but Apple removed them.
Nintendo is well aware of the emulation that has been going on, but the company believes there’s still room for improvement.
A number of GAME BOY.RTM. emulators have been written for a variety of different platforms ranging from personal digital assistants to personal computers. However, further improvements are possible and desirable.
One area of needed improvement relates to obtaining acceptable speed performance and high quality sound and graphics on a low-capability platform.
It seems that Nintendo is targeting this emulator to run on almost all the major devices, so that the third party tools are no longer needed.
No official announcement has been made by Nintendo about creating a new emulator yet, but now that patent filing is done, we can expect the company to reveal something about it in the near future.
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