Word recently got out that Nintendo has unexpectedly abandoned the trademark for Hyrule Warriors, a collaboration with Koei Tecmo that combines Dynasty Warriors‘ gameplay with the universe of The Legend of Zelda. A video game company abandoning their trademark for a franchise is a rare event—Nintendo itself routinely renews the trademark for Eternal Darkness, an IP that hasn’t seen the light of day in years. But it’s especially shocking considering Hyrule Warriors is still an active property with more DLC still in development.

This was one of the talking points on
a recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

It’s astonishing that Nintendo abandoned the trademark, but we’re not convinced it’s anything to worry about for now—they’re much smarter than to abandon the trademark for an IP that still has products actively in development. We can’t speak with terribly great authority on trademark law, but the worst-case scenario we can see is that the renewal slipped their mind and they’ve since set out to correct it. More likely, we think, is that
Hyrule Warriors has proven successful and they’ve allowed Koei Tecmo to take the reins with the series’ trademark for distribution purposes. Either way, Hyrule Warriors doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

For our full in-depth thoughts beyond this brief write-up, be sure to check out the discussion video above. If you like it, you can
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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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