Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Ring, ring, ring... it's Mario calling...

I don't know why this surprised me, but I just read (on many other gaming sites) that at one time the mighty Nintendo thought about entering the phone business with a game-enabled cell.

According to engadget imobile, the patent was first filed in 2001 but only issued just last June. The patent supposedly describes an "electronic apparatus having game and telephone functions" and details how the device would pause a game for an incoming call and resume after the call was completed.

In the end it's not all that revolutionary (cell phones have included game-playing capabilities for some time), but the idea of playing Metroid 2 or Super Mario Bros. DX while waiting for a call still sounds pretty cool!

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