On November 27, Nintendo filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a software emulator that would potentially be used with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance titles. Although this might not be new for Nintendo, the patent specifically mentions that the emulator would be for use on a “low-capability” platform such as mobile phones and seat-back displays used in transportation (i.e. planes and trains). There are very few of us who would not want to play some great Nintendo games 30,000 feet in the air while enjoying complimentary refreshments.

The potential to officially enjoy emulated games on a mobile platform is something that many Nintendo fans have long been waiting for. Typically, emulator software is taken down from app stores as soon as the review team realizes what the application is for. Also, let’s face it, a lot of emulators are sometimes more trouble than they’re worth.

What makes this patent unique is that it’s a rehashing of an older IP that Nintendo has already acquired. Hopefully, this new one is reigniting the interest that Nintendo may have in wanting to expand the choices of hardware that players can use to enjoy some of the most classic video games of all time.