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Game Boy Classic probably isn't Nintendo's next miniature system

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The trademark does not specifically reference a "Game Boy Classic Edition" or offer up any real details, but there is no mistaking the rendered image for anything but a Game Boy system of some sort.

The trademark filing flew under the radar until Japanese news sites like Rocket News 24caught wind of it in recent days.

There's also a possibility that Nintendo is planning on releasing a new entry in its series of classic consoles: The Game Boy Classic Edition.

According to Ninten-Switch.com, the trademark application that was tweeted out by a Japanese trademark bot was filed on September 15 and is for "the first Game Boy", first released in 1989.

The SNES Classic Mini is the 16-bit, retro version of the SNES, but it only comes with 21 games out of the box - we can assume that a lot of them involve moustached men in dungarees - and "Cluster" does not feel that this is enough. There were 1,049 games released for the handheld, so Nintendo shouldn't have any trouble choosing a couple of dozen. There's a lot more this trademark covers, but those examples should give you an idea of what kind of scope Nintendo is working with.

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So it could be that Nintendo is simply attempting to market the design of the Game Boy rather than re-release the console. The company plans to relaunch the device next year now.

Nintendo has yet to confirm anything on the topic, but it did previously file a trademark for the Nintendo 64 and the prevailing rumour is that Nintendo are planning a Classic Mini version of that console. That move seems even more likely as the 30th anniversary of the first Game Boy will happen in 2019.

Would you like Nintendo to do the Game Boy or the N64 next?

As the new SNES Classic Edition continues to sell out almost instantaneously every time more units appears in stores or online, it seems like a no-brainer that Nintendo will continue to produce other retro consoles in the future.

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