What if the successor to your Game Boy was a Phone Boy? Or perhaps a Game Phone? Whatever the name might’ve been, there was apparently a time when Nintendo threw around the idea of creating a gaming system that would’ve also allowed your mother to interrupt the adventures of Link and call to remind you to wear your jacket on a rainy day.
We know this because recently a set of images surfaced on Reddit which display Nintendo patents from 2001 for a mobile phone. This particular phone essentially took the form of a stretched out old Nokia phone that made room between the keypad and the screen for a directional pad and the classic B-A button configuration. The “Nintendophone” would also evidently allow you to purchase new games, such as Super Mario Bros. DX and Metroid II.
With Nintendo now making a full-court press into the mobile app arena, these images make you wonder what could’ve been had they moved on this design at the turn of the 21st century. The images below will give you an idea of what Nintendo was contemplating, check out the details of the patent if you want to know more.