If you do manage to get your hands on one, feel free to comment below and let us know about your experiences with the process. 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 discovery of new Game Boy-related trademarks from Nintendo of Japan have set off speculation that a new release with Classic Edition branding might be in the works. "And the portable all-in-one system that doesn't deplete smartphone batteries could prove appealing to new fans", says Fortune.
Though Nintendo is now more into mobile games, the Game Boy holds a nostalgic value to the fans. We would not be surprised if Nintendo gave birth to a Game Boy Classic Edition, and not just because it would be a logical release given its recent success with retro gaming. There were 1,049 games released for the handheld, so Nintendo shouldn't have any trouble choosing a couple of dozen.
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. The company plans to relaunch the device next year now. The hack, which uses a Windows exploit program called hakchi2, allows you to add more games (or ROMs) to the system, apply custom background images to fill out the entirety of a 16:9 ratio screen, and enable a hidden "scanline" filter with a few tweaks.
As for why the company is filing these patents, Nintendo could just be attempting to prevent third-party companies from using the likeness of the Game Boy or the Nintendo 64 for non-affiliated products. It is unclear if and when that might happen since 2018 is most likely the year we'll see the N64 Classic Edition (if it ever materializes).