Is Nintendo Preparing To Re-Release Original Game Boy?

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Classic console fans, get ready, as it looks like another of Nintendo’s most iconic consoles could be about to get a relaunch.

A new trademark application, filed by the Japanese gaming giant, has got people talking, as fans are seriously hoping for the return of the original Game Boy.

While it may seem a bit far-fetched, but given that Nintendo has recently released miniature versions of both the NES Classic and the SNES Classic – anything is possible really!

The application was reportedly picked up by a Japanese trademark bot and posted on  Twitter.

A re-release is far from guaranteed at this stage, but with the 30th anniversary of the original Game Boy less than two years away, it’s definitely not out of the question.

Trademark applications can be extremely broad, but with Nintendo’s recent trend of shrinking down classic consoles, a Game Boy Classic Mini doesn’t seem like it’s too much of a stretch of the imagination.

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But, regardless of whether or not a mini Game Boy Classic ever comes to light, the rumours have already whipper Twitter up into a frenzy of speculation

The original Game Boy was first released all the way back in 1989 and was the company’s first ever hand-held console.

Has anyone else heard the rumors of a Mini Classic #Gameboy ? Let’s hope we get some #pokemon games. New followers have a chance to win Mew! pic.twitter.com/eeLPSo2bLO

– Voxsold the Dragon (@VoxsoldDragon) October 11, 2017

 

Nintendo just registered a trademark for a Gameboy Classic?? pic.twitter.com/6Q5dNWIrqJ

– Fat Kid Deals (@FatKidDeals) October 11, 2017

 

These rumours of a Gameboy Classic are getting me excited

– West Country Gamer (@WstCountryGamer) October 12, 2017

 

Gameboy Trademark was approved for Nintendo. We heard about this a little while ago, but now it’s in writing. Gameboy Classic coming?

– Spawn Wave (@SpawnWaveMedia) October 10, 2017

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Putting together elements of both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch, it was originally made available either as a stand-alone console, or as a bundle with the now-iconic puzzle game Tetric.

It had to compete against the likes of Sega’s Game Gear, Atari’s Lynx, and NEC’s TurboExpress, the Game Boy soon blew all of its rivals out of the water and became a success.

Along with its successor, the Game Boy Color, has sold more than 118 million units worldwide.

 

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