US patent for 'software emulating a handheld video game platform'
Nintendo has obtained a US patent for software capable of emulating the performance of handheld devices on 'low capability target platforms'.
Though it is unclear what precise use Nintendo has in mind for the tech, the patent cites possible applications to include seat-back displays for airline or train use, PDAs, and cell phones.
The patent specifies the Game Boy series of handheld devices, and it seems likely that Nintendo hopes this tech will open up a new market for their backlog of games.
The patent was filed in October of 2003.