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Nintendo Patents Game Boy Emulation Software

Nintendo lawyers have successfully patented the emulation in software of handheld gaming devices, with the company already beginning to challenge emulator developers to c...

David Jenkins, Blogger

March 12, 2004

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Nintendo lawyers have successfully patented the emulation in software of handheld gaming devices, with the company already beginning to challenge emulator developers to cease their activites. Nintendo's patent was filed in November 2000 but only granted on 6th January this year. The filing outlines a "software emulator for emulating a handheld video game platform on a low-capability target platform". Emulators targeting the GameCube, such as they are, are not covered by the patent. Canadian mobile software developer Crimson Fire has been the first victim of the patent with its Game Boy Advance emulator for Tapwave's Palm OS-based Zodiac handheld console already receiving a 'cease and desist' letter. Source: The Register

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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