Nintendo, which is on a roll with its ‘Classic Edition’ series of plug-and-play gaming systems, could have even bigger plans for 2018.
The company, whose SNES Classic Edition is already selling out at stores nationwide, has reportedly filed a trademark application in Japan for a system that seems to indicate the Game Boy will be getting the Classic Edition treatment as well.
A Twitter account that posts Japanese trademarks caught the posting late last week (as spotted by SoraNews):
There’s no mention of the words “Classic Edition” or any real details about the device, but the shape and layout is a very distinctive one for game fans. Nintendo did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
While Nintendo has pivoted to mobile games of late — it plans to release 2 or 3 new ones per year — the Game Boy has nostalgic value for fans. And the portable all-in-one system that doesn’t deplete smartphone batteries could prove appealing to new fans.
The hints about a Game Boy device come three months after reports Nintendo could be planning a “Classic Edition” of the N64 console for next year. That device was originally available from 1996-2003 and sold nearly 33 million units worldwide. It, too, is speculated for a 2018 release. Nintendo has declined comment on any plans for
Nintendo has declined comment on any plans for a N64 Classic Edition.
It’s important to note that trademark filings aren’t always a good barometer of a company’s intentions. But there’s no denying the success of the Classic Edition brand for Nintendo.