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12th Oct 2017

Nintendo have dropped a huge hint that the Game Boy could be relaunched

The 30th anniversary of its original launch is fast approaching

Simon Lloyd

Rumours are (once again) rife that Nintendo could be on the brink of bringing back the Game Boy, nearly 30 years on from the hand-held console’s original launch.

This, of course, isn’t the first time that rumours of a Game Boy relaunch have done the rounds, but this time there’s reason to believe the speculation isn’t as farfetched as it might have seemed in the past.

A new trademark application filed by Nintendo has breathed new life into the rumours, which follow the release of mini versions of the NES Classic and SNES Classic.

Submitted last month, the application was accompanied by an image of a Game Boy. This was then picked up by a Japanese trademark bot which then sent the following tweet…

At this stage, little else is known about Nintendo’s plans for a Game Boy relaunch – if indeed they do have any plans for it at all. Logic would suggest that if they were to bring it back, the size of the original consoles would make bringing out a scaled-down version – as has been the case with the NES and SNES Classics – would be pointless.

The Game Boy was originally released in Japan and across North America in 1989, reaching European shores a year later. With its 30th anniversary approaching, perhaps an official announcement is on the cards…