Nintendo awarded patent for ‘Hand-Held Video Game Platform emulation’

Nintendo awarded patent for ‘Hand-Held Video Game Platform emulation’

According to reports, the USPTO has awarded a new patent to Nintendo for what the company has described as 'Hand-Held Video Game Platform emulation.' The patent filed by Nintendo chiefly pertained to Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advanced emulators, compatible with a wide range of devices.

The patent application for an emulator for Game Boy devices was filed by Nintendo on June 23; and was published by the USPTO on November 27.

In its description of the patent 'Hand-Held Video Game Platform emulation,' Nintendo has said: "A software emulator for emulating a handheld video game platform such as GAME BOY. RTM., GAME BOY COLOR. RTM. and/or GAME BOY ADVANCE. RTM. on a low-capability target platform (e. g., a seat-back display for airline or train use, a personal digital assistant, a cell phone) uses a number of features and optimizations to provide high quality graphics and sound that nearly duplicates the game playing experience on the native platform."

The aforementioned description of the patent hints at software which would facilitate the running of software designed for the Game Boy systems on devices other than those for which it was intended.

With the Game Boy systems featuring proprietary sound and graphics hardware, together with a now-obsolete microprocessor, the devices which the patent refers to include the touchscreen displays on the backs of aeroplane seats; cell phones; home computers; and personal digital assistants; and "other such devices."

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