Nintendo file a new trademark on the original Game Boy

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While North American, European, and Australian retailers received the Super NES Classic Edition in late September, the Mini Super Famicom didn't launch until October 5.

Now the Japanese giant has apparently trademarked the design of the 1989 Game Boy handheld. As it seems, Nintendo took fans' complaints about the unavailability of NES Classic under consideration so their next console is not so limited and hard to find as its predecessor. According to Rocket News 24, the name "Game Boy" wasn't actually part of the trademark filing, but that image is unmistakable. Some of the trademarks could be to protect the "Nintendo Classic Mini Game Boy" brand or they could simply be to protect the Game Boy brand. Could Nintendo be plotting more, though? Why file this trademark now if not to prepare for a new system? Furthermore, not all games may work properly, especially since it was not officially released by Nintendo.

As with the other Classic consoles, we should also expect this Game Boy to be smaller than the original and to include between 20-30 games.

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. The entire collection is definitely worth your time if you're into Nintendo history and just what goes into making a game. If the company does move ahead with a mini Game Boy, it could be more on lines with the 2005 Game Boy Micro, and would be priced based on the number of games the company plans to offer with it.

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.