Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

SNES Classic outsells Switch's launch during first week in Japan

SNES Classic outsells Switch's launch during first week in Japan

It's been tweeted out by a Japanese trademark bot.

Still, it would appear Nintendo has made good on its promise to get more units into consumers' hands.

The Game Boy isn't the only iconic Nintendo system that has been trademarked in recent months, either.

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According to a translation from Kotaku, the application covers everything from "home video game console" programs as well as "programs for smartphones", "smartphone cases", "smartphone covers", as well as "key holders", "necklaces", and "watches" - but nothing specific relating to either GameBoy Mini or GameBoy Classic.

Russian cracker/hacker "Cluster" has already found his way into Nintendo's brand new Super NES Classic, a record time compared to his attempts to crack the original NES Classic. The famous Nintendo console is coming back in stock this week, so if you missed it make sure to grab one before Nintendo discontinues this one too.

The trademark was filed on September 15, and included this Game Boy image. The original Game Boy with large, thick casing and the neon green display was released in 1989, and was the first truly portable gaming consoles. The SNES Classic Mini just recently hit the stands, and although it has 21 games on its own, a new hack is able to load up to 150 games in the library. 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. Fun fact: Milton Bradley's Microvision released in 1979 is actually the first the handheld game console to use interchangeable cartridges (and it was also featured in the movie Friday the 13th: Part II).

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