Nintendo has filed a new trademark in the US with an intriguing code name. On April 2, the gaming giant trademarked code name S.T.E.A.M: Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace. There’s no other hard facts as of yet, but speculation in gaming circles point to a possible sequel for The Wonderful 101 or an entirely new IP. Equally, we could be looking at an eShop game, though this one didn’t need to be green-lit. Let us know what your thoughts are on the new trademark in the comment section below.
The internet sleuths over at Siliconera have noticed that Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures Inc, have filed a trademark for something called Phantom Gate. The trademark was filed in late December 2013. The trademark belongs to the aforementioned companies listed above so it sounds as though it could be Pokemon related. The publication says it could be linked to Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity.
It looks as though another Dragon Quest related game could be coming to the US, if a trademark found by Siliconera is correct. The publication has noticed that Square Enix has registered Luminaries Of The Legendary in the US. Speculation is rife regarding which Dragon Quest game it could be. Let’s hope it’s for the Nintendo 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VII, rather than a smartphone title.
After news emerged that Ubisoft had abandoned the main Watch Dogs trademark, it now appears as though it has been restored. Polygon says that the lucrative trademark was reinstated earlier today by the company This means that Ubisoft once again owns it, now they just have to announce a date for the long-awaited game.
“Here, the circumstances are extraordinary,” the USPTO said in its review of the case. “An unknown party who lacked authority executed the purported abandonment of the application. Although the request appears to have been sent by petitioner, petitioner declared that it did not submit the request and has every reason to believe that this filing was fraudulent.”
“The Director finds the application should not have been abandoned. Pursuant to supervisory authority provided by 37 C.F.R. §2.146(a)(3), the Director permits the reinstatement of the application.”
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In a possibly bizarre set of events, Ubisoft has abandoned the Watch Dogs trademark, sparking numerous rumours about the state of the long-awaited game. GameSpot points out that although they’ve canceled the its main Watch Dogs trademark they still have five trademarks for Watch Dogs. The publication says that Ubisoft’s abandonment of the main trademark could possibly mean that they are planning to change the name of the game, though that just sounds odd.
Update: Ubisoft Montreal has stated on Twitter that the game is being polished as we speak.
@griffmeister69 @gooner4life_uk I can assure you that Watch_Dogs is still being polished as we speak. cc. @Ubisoft
It seems as though Level 5 may be considering bringing its Nintendo 3DS game about about a boy and a watch that lets him see Japanese spirits called Youkai to the United States. The company has just filed a trademark for Yokai Watch in the US. The Nintendo 3DS game has performed well in Japan, so it would be great if the game graced western shores. It should also be noted that Level 5 also registered a trademark in the United States for Inazuma Eleven.
Renegade Kid, the development studio behind Mutant Mudds and Cult County, have recently filed a trademark for Moon Chronicles. Jools Watsham teased an announcement was coming towards the end of the month, so it’s most likely related to Moon Chronicles.
Nintendo has registered and renewed the trademark for the brilliant Metroid Prime series. The status date for the trademark was renewed and registered on August 13th, 2013. It’s common practise for companies to renew their trademarks, but it would come as a welcome surprise to many if Retro Studios were planning to develop another game in the Metroid Prime series for the latest Nintendo home console, Wii U.
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Online gaming publication Siliconera has spotted that development studio Level 5 has registered a trio of trademarks recently. The trademarks that were registered are Wonderflick, Rare Drop Adventurer Note, and Earth Devastating B-rank Girlfriend. Siliconera firmly believes that these are games that will be included in the inevitable Guild 03. So far, none of these games have been announced. Hopefully all will be revealed soon.
Level 5, the publisher behind Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven, has filed a trademark for the immensely popular Fantasy Life in Europe. The game has been developed by Mother 3 developer, Brownie Brown, and has flown off store shelves in Japan. The Official Nintendo Magazine for Australia and New Zealand said in a previous edition that the Nintendo 3DS game is coming late 2013.