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A Go-Kart Company is Trying to Trademark “Nintendo is Irrelevant”


Every now and then in-development games leak due to the discovery of a trademark, but today’s trademark story is… something else entirely. Last year Nintendo successfully won a lawsuit against a Japanese company called MariCAR that was using Nintendo-replica go-karts and costumes without permission. MariCar has since re-branded as “MARI Mobility Development,” and their karts now read “Unrelated to Nintendo.”

More recently, they’ve also started branding their karts with Japanese lettering that translates to “Nintendo is irrelevant.” In an ironic development, it appears that MARI is now worried about protecting its own branding, and thus, they’re attempting to trademark both phrases. The trademarks were officially filed by Chizai Bouei Kabushiki Gaisha (or “Intellectual Property Defense Corporation”), a company with a history of filing trademarks on MARI’s behalf.

I’m not exactly sure what this accomplishes, and given that MARI was just on the losing side of a Nintendo lawsuit I’d also argue that the latter slogan isn’t accurate. Oh well. I guess there’s no feeling quite like filing a trademark out of spite.

Source: Japanese Nintendo

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Nintendo Trademarks GameCube Controller for Phones

Back in June Nintendo filed new GameCube-related trademarks that were categorized for video gaming purposes (as opposed to general merchandising), sparking speculation that perhaps GameCube titles could be on their way to Nintendo Switch. No official statement has been given on the matter since then, but today more recently-filed GameCube trademarks have surfaced in Japan, and there’s one detail in particular that’s a bit surprising.

The latest Nintendo paperwork to pop up involves the GameCube controller, and the trademark covers not only “Controller and joystick for home video game machine” (which makes sense given the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will cause an increase in GameCube controller demand), but also “Controllers for mobile phones.”

Does this mean GameCube titles are coming to mobile devices? Well, it’s really hard to say at this point. It’s entirely possible Nintendo is just protecting against third-party accessories. Earlier this year they also patented a case that turns your phone into a Game Boy, and after eight months they still haven’t announced any plans to release such an accessory. We’ll be keeping an eye on all of this to see if there are any further developments in the mobile space for Nintendo.

Source: J-Plat Pat (via Japanese Nintendo)

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Nintendo Trademarks Mario vs. Donkey Kong and Zelda: Spirit Tracks for Consoles and Smartphones

Mario VS Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks are two very different Nintendo games. The former was a Game Boy Advance puzzle-platformer that brought a strategic edge to the old Donkey Kong formula, and the latter is a touch-screen-based Zelda game that sees us traversing Hyrule via locomotive. These games are two well-enjoyed extensions to Nintendo’s most prolific franchises, and they have something in common: they’ve both been given new trademarks, meaning we might see more of them in the future!

Nintendo updates their trademarks rather frequently to keep the rights to their biggest franchises, but what makes these trademarks unique is how they describe the games as ‘
program[s] for home video game machine‘, ‘downloadable video game program[s]‘ and ‘program[s] for smartphone‘. This means we may be able to see these titles reappear in the future, perhaps on the Nintendo Switch, as a mobile revamp, or something completely different!

What do you make of these new trademarks? Do you think they’ll lead to a new version of
Mario vs. Donkey Kong or something like Spirit Tracks? Hit the comments below to let us know how you feel!

Source: Japanese Nintendo (1, 2)

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Nintendo Renews Golden Sun Trademark Ahead of Schedule

As we prepare for tonight’s Nintendo Direct, internet sleuths are out looking for Nintendo news in other places. Perusing Japanese trademark websites reveals that Nintendo recently filed new trademarks for four different franchises. It’s standard procedure for Nintendo to keep their trademarks from expiring, but in the case of Golden Sun, there wasn’t any reason to rush to do so right now.

Nintendo’s recent filings cover Wrecking Crew, Rhythm Heaven, Mario Super Sluggers, and Golden Sun. The first three were all last renewed in 2008, which means their 10-year trademarks were set to expire. For Golden Sun, however, that’s not the case. The trademark was renewed in 2009, and then in April of 2017, it was approved for continued use. The most recent trademark was filed on August 24th of this year.

So what could this mean? Well…it could mean absolutely nothing. Many times trademarks do. But the timing is suspicious given that it wasn’t in dire need of renewal anytime soon. With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just around the corner, the Golden Sun faithful are crossing their fingers for an Isaac reveal. Will they be rewarded tonight?

Source: Trademark Bot

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Nintendo Just Filed New GameCube Trademarks

Since the launch of Nintendo Switch, fans have been calling for the release of popular GameCube titles on eShop, and we’ve often heard it rumored that they’re on the way. Nintendo’s even launching a new line of officially licensed GameCube controllers soon. The possibility is looking even more likely today, as Nintendo has just filed new trademarks for the GameCube.

Japanese Nintendo reports that Nintendo recently filed three new trademarks for the early 2000s console, and they’re all categorized for video gaming purposes as opposed to general merchandising. Additionally, Nintendo filed new trademarks related to Fire Emblem, Xenoblade, Sky Skipper, and Fitness Boxing. They also filed new trademarks for NES, Nintendo Entertainment, and Game Boy, all specifically in English.

Nintendo Switch won’t have a traditional Virtual Console like past platforms, but Nintendo is still planning to bring many of their classic games to Switch at some point in the future. Could we see Game Boy and GameCube games coming to the console sometime soon?

Last month Nintendo also filed a
new trademark for Nintendo 64 with categories including “video game program, controller for game machine, controller for game machine, joystick for video game machine, TV game machine.” This led us to speculate that we could see a plug-and-play Nintendo 64 Classic as a follow-up to the existing NES and SNES Classic consoles.

Source: Japanese Nintendo

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Nintendo Just Filed a New Trademark for Nintendo 64

Over the past couple of years Nintendo has successfully leveraged their classic IP with a series of mini consoles. The NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition are each plug and play, bite-sized console replicas that come pre-loaded with dozens of classic games. Since their debut, fans have speculated that a Nintendo 64 Classic could be next. Based on recent activity by Nintendo, they just might be right.

Nintendo has just filed a new trademark for the Nintendo 64 in Japan. The trademark covers a lot of ground and seems to indicate a physical product, with categories including “video game program, controller for game machine, controller for game machine, joystick for video game machine, TV game machine” and more.

The NES Classic Edition has sold over 2.3 million units, and its SNES Classic successor has sold over 5 million. Nintendo continues to sell the latter to this day, while the former is set to return next month. There’s also a special anime-themed Famicom Mini in Japan. Could Nintendo be preparing to add another mini console to the lineup soon?

Source: Japanese Nintendo

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Domains Registered for Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee

The gaming world has been set ablaze by Pokémon rumors this week, and they’re starting to look more and more likely. According to multiple sources, Game Freak is returning to Kanto for two games on Switch: Pokémon Let’s GO! Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee. The twin games are said to be planned to launch in 2018, and a reveal could come as soon as this month.

Things just got even more interesting today, as we’ve learned that both of those titles have just been registered as domain names. The registration was handled by CSC Corporate Domains, Inc, which is the same company that Nintendo and Game Freak have used to register for previous games, like
Sun and Moon. CSC typically only deals with corporations protecting their IP, so it seems unlikely that these domains are being claimed by squatters. Nintendo’s name hasn’t yet appeared attached to the domains, but this appears to be legitimate.

If history is any indication, a reveal could be just around the corner. CSC registered
Sun and Moon domains on February 25th, 2016, and the twin games were revealed the very next day. We haven’t heard any official news from Nintendo regarding an upcoming Direct event, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes soon.

Source: WhoIs.com (via Resetera)

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Nintendo Trademarks Star Fox, F-Zero, Sin & Punishment and More

Last month Nintendo filed numerous trademarks for various intellectual properties including Mario Party, Paper Mario, Dr. Mario, and Punch-Out!!. With E3 just around the corner, many have speculated that we could see some or all of these titles announced soon. Well, brace yourself, because now there’s more than a dozen new trademarks to speculate over.

Just a few weeks after the last batch surfaced, numerous Nintendo trademark filings are popping up once again. The trademarks include everything from the Super Smash Bros. logo to Sin & Punishment and even some old Wii titles. The complete list thus far (as compiled by Resetera) includes the following:

  • Smash logo
  • STAR FOX
  • F-ZERO
  • PIKMIN
  • YOSHI’S ISLAND
  • ART STYLE
  • FLIPNOTE STUDIO
  • SIN & PUNISHMENT
  • THE LEGENDARY STARFY
  • NINTENDOGS
  • LINK’S CROSSBOW TRAINING
  • Wii FIT
  • Wii MUSIC

The trademarks all cover “home video game program,” “smartphone program,” and non-gaming purposes like merchandising. If many or most of the games listed in these past two trademark batches end up being E3 announcements, we should be in for a packed show. If a recent GameStop listing is anything to go by, there are 16 new games coming to Nintendo Switch in the near future.

Source: Trademark Bot (via Resetera, Japanese Nintendo)

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Bandai Namco Files Trademark for “Battle Breeders”

Bandai Namco has recently filed a trademark for “Battle Breeders” in Japan. No video game has been announced by Bandai Namco with Battle Breeders anywhere in its name, meaning that this could very well be a brand new property for the company.

It’s unknown exactly what kind of game
Battle Breeders will be, or if will be a video game at all. As Bandai Namco owns Digimon, it could be a new title in the franchise, or perhaps a spin-off. If not, it’s unlikely Battle Breeders will be a new monster-based RPG or digital pet franchise, so it may end up being Bandai Namco’s answer to Koei Tecmo’s Monster Rancher series and become a monster raising simulator. Since Monster Rancher hasn’t had a game released since 2011, the market for a new monster raising sim is wide open. Alternatively, it could be a fighting game starring expecting mothers, but that’s a little unrealistic.

Everything regarding
Battle Breeders right now is pure speculation. Only time will tell what this new trademark will turn out to be.

Source: Gematsu

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Nintendo Just Filed New Trademarks for Paper Mario, Mario Party, and More

E3 is just around the corner, which means some big announcements are on the way. Despite the best efforts of publishing giants like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, E3 surprises are often leaked in some form or another ahead of the big event. One way this can happen is with the discovery of newly-filed trademarks, which can sometimes indicate in-development titles.

With this in mind, some recent activity from Nintendo is pretty exciting. The company just applied for four trademarks, all in the categories of “video game program” and “downloadable video game program.” The games included were Mario Party, Paper Mario, Dr. Mario, and Punch-Out!!. It’s possible that Nintendo could be planning either new games in these franchises or re-releases of existing titles.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Nintendo will be meeting with investors tomorrow (depending on your time zone) to discuss the company’s earnings for the past fiscal year. These corporate meetings generally focus on finances and business strategy, but Nintendo has been known to make surprise game announcements from time to time.

Source: Japanese Nintendo

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Nintendo Might Be Making a New Wario Land Game

Everyone’s favorite mustachioed plumber may be Nintendo’s most iconic character, but his evil counterpart deserves some love too! Wario is regularly featured in sports and party games like Mario Kart, and the mini-game series WarioWare is still going strong, but it’s been many years since his last Wario Land adventure. Thankfully for the Wario faithful, that wait could soon be over!

Game blog Japanese Nintendo did some digging, and they found that Nintendo recently registered a slew of trademarks under the category “downloadable video game programs” in Japan. These trademarks include “Octo” (a likely reference to Splatoon‘s upcoming new content), as well as Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers, Luigi’s Mansion, Mario & Luigi, Metroid, Metroid Prime, Smash Bros., Wario Land, and WarioWare.

All of these franchises have upcoming games that have already been announced, except for Wario Land. Additionally, this is the second time Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Wario Land in the past year. Is it finally time for his glorious return to platforming?

Source: Japanese Nintendo

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Bandai Namco Just Filed a Trademark for “Pac-Man Maker” in Europe

Bandai Namco, the creators of classic games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug, just filed a trademark for “Pac-Man Maker” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. This, of course, implies that the company could be working on a level-creator game like Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker, but with the theme of Pac-Man.

Now, it’s important to remember that companies file and renew trademarks fairly regularly, so this news doesn’t necessarily mean anything; Bandai could be saving the “Pac-Man Maker” name in case they want to use it in the far future, or they could just be taking an additional legal step to protect the Pac-Man brand, ensuring that no other company could make their own version of “Pac-Man Maker.” However, given the recent trend of maker-style games, it’s very possible that they could be planning on making their own sometime soon.

You can read the filing for yourself here, but there isn’t much additional information to be found, as Bandai Namco did not provide any details about their intended use for the trademark.

What do you guys think? Do you believe that Bandai Namco is working on a “Pac-Man Maker,” and do you think it could come out anytime soon? Would you be interested in such a game? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: European Union Intellectual Property Office

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Nintendo Filed a New Trademark for Eternal Darkness in the US

Nintendo has filed a new trademark in the United States for Eternal Darkness, an old horror game that was developed by Silicon Knights and published by Nintendo on the GameCube over fourteen years ago.

Companies renew trademarks fairly often, so this isn’t necessarily an indication that new Eternal Darkness content is coming anytime soon. After all, Nintendo filed a new trademark for this exact game in 2013. However, this new trademark is different, as it had a “1B filing,” which means that it was filed with “intent to use.” This heavily implies that Nintendo is planning to do something with the old intellectual property. Of course, we don’t know what this could be; Nintendo could be working on a sequel or a remake of Eternal Darkness for the Nintendo Switch, or the company could just be planning to launch the game on the Wii U Virtual Console.

What do you guys think? Do you remember Eternal Darkness, and do you think it’s possible that Nintendo is working on a new game in the series? Or do you think it’s something simpler, like a Virtual Console release? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: NeoGAF (via Nintendo Everything)

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Nintendo Has Filed a Trademark for the Image of a Super Famicom Controller

Every now and then a patent or trademark filed by a company in the video game industry will stir up conversation, and one currently has a lot of people talking. On December 5th, Nintendo filed a trademark for the image of the Super Famicom controller. It’s classified under the category for video games, but no additional details have been provided.

Many are speculating that it’s a hint that an SNES Classic Edition console is on the way, but it’s also entirely possible that Nintendo is covering their bases. After all, they’ve been especially protective of their IP in recent months.

Source: Trademark Bot (via Nintendo Everything)

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Capcom Has Renewed the Trademark for Deep Down for the Fifth and Final Time

Capcom first announced Deep Down as a PlayStation 4 exclusive back in February of 2013, but it’s been ages since we’ve heard anything about the game. Deep Down went through some big changes early last year, and Capcom has been silent on the game ever since, but it’s apparently still in production as Capcom has repeatedly renewed its trademark.

On August 2nd, Capcom extended the US trademark for Deep Down for the fifth time, which is the maximum number of extensions that can be granted. This gives Capcom another six months to use the trademark in the United States or forfeit it. Capcom has until February to give Deep Down some sort of presence in the marketplace. Will we finally see the game re-introduced soon?

Source: DualShockers

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Nintendo Filed a Trademark for Pokémon GO in China

Pokémon GO has been out for about a week in certain parts of the world and has become an instant hit. While the rest of the world will get Pokémon GO in the near future, China might have some trouble getting the game because of one major issue: Google Maps is banned in China and Niantic uses the map service as the structure for Pokémon GO. In an interesting development, however, Twitter user ZhugeEX reports that Nintendo filed a trademark for Pokémon GO in China earlier today. Since Google Maps is banned in China, it will be interesting to see how Pokémon GO will function there. It’s a possibility that Pokémon GO will not be available in China, though, and Nintendo is just filing the trademark to protect the likeness of the game.

Do you think Nintendo will bring Pokémon GO to China? Sound off in the comments below!

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NWC: Nintendo Abandoned the Trademark for Hyrule Warriors, But Don’t Freak Out Just Yet

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
subscribe to Nintendo Week on iTunes, where we release new episodes every Wednesday, or you could check out the full episode. If you don’t like long-form podcasts, you can subscribe to us on YouTube, where our discussion segments are uploaded on Thursdays, and these select snippets from the rest of the podcast—which we call NWC—are uploaded throughout the week. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you leave us a review on iTunes, where you can find episodes covering tons of other subjects, or send us your feedback! We’d love to know what you think of the show, and how you think we can improve it.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s Trademark Could Indicate that Nintendo’s NX Does Indeed Use Cartridges

Recently, there has been a lot of speculation that the upcoming Nintendo NX console could ditch discs and return to using cartridges. This has been fueled by patents filed by Nintendo for a disc-free console, as well as a report that the company that makes Nintendo’s DS and 3DS cartridges is expecting a huge increase in sales when NX launches.

Speculation is heating up again today, thanks to the trademark filing for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U/NX title
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game’s “Goods and Services” description is largely the same as other Wii U titles (covering things like “downloadable electronic video game software” and “electronic game programs”), except that it also lists “video game cartridges” while other Wii U games do not, unless they are also available on 3DS. This isn’t confirmation of a cartridge-based console, but it certainly makes it seem more plausible, and that could be a good thing.

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (via NeoGAF)

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CD Projekt Red Has Trademarked “Gwent: The Witcher Card Game”

CD Projekt Red, developer of The Witcher franchise, has filed a trademark for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Though it’s relatively self-explanatory, Gwent is a card game within the world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and is a hugely popular aspect of the game. The trademark doesn’t say exactly what this will be, but speculation suggests that it’s a standalone version of Gwent that will likely be announced at E3. CD Projekt Red has previously said that they may be revealing something new at E3, and they currently have an unannounced game that they plan to release this year. It certainly seems that this unannounced game is Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, but until CD Projekt Red makes an official announcement, nothing can be confirmed.

Source: EUIPO

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Nintendo Has Abandoned its Trademark for Hyrule Warriors

In the face of today’s release of Medli for Hyrule Warriors Legends, it appears as though Nintendo’s trademark for Hyrule Warriors has been abandoned. Though it has been abandoned since April 22, the filing was updated only yesterday. The trademark application was first suspended in March 2015 based on a failure to provide evidence of a trademark registration in Japan. A notice was later sent in October, to which Nintendo had five months to respond. This did not happen, and thus the trademark was declared abandoned. The Hyrule Warriors trademark is also abandoned in Europe and Japan, though both of these happened at the end of last year. It’s unclear whether Nintendo meant to let this happen or if it is simply an act of forgetfulness much like Sony did with Bloodborne and The Last Guardian.

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office

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