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Mysterious Trademark Appears for The Last Ranger

Posted by Damien McFerran

Potential new Nintendo IP on the way?

As many Nintendo critics will delight in telling you, the company rarely seems to indulge in the creation of new franchises these days. Bearing this in mind, the news that Nintendo Europe has trademarked The Last Ranger — a few months after Nintendo of Japan did the same — is quite exciting indeed.

Siliconera spotted the Japanese application back in March, which also appeared under the name "Saigo no Youjimbou", which translates as "The Last Bodyguard". The European trademark — filed on the 27th of July — doesn't give any additional information, so your guess is as good as ours at this point.

It could be a massive new franchise for Nintendo, possibly arriving on the 3DS, Wii or perhaps even the Wii U — or it could be a new downloadable title for the eShop, like Dillon's Rolling Western. Let us know what your think it could be in the comments section below.


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User Comments (22)



Katernity said:

@Jamouse "sounds rubbish"? they don't even know what it is. they know nothing about it whatsoever. they just know 3 words have been trademarked. how can you possibly come to a conclusion that something sounds terrible when you don't have the slightest idea what it is?



alLabouTandroiD said:

I'm pretty sure they're just trying to trick us with the spelling.
The game will really be called The L. A. Stranger. You wake up without any memories and nothing but some scribbled notes that your life depends on arriving at E3 in time. A random person tells you you're in the outskirts of L. A. and that it's only two more hours until the convention starts...
Seriously though it may just end up as a subtitle to the next Zelda, Dillon's Rolling Western or some other game. But it's still interesting to think about what entirely new stuff Ninty could be working on.



Stuffgamer1 said:

I think it could be a random trademark. Any further speculation serves no useful purpose.



Bobhobob said:

It is probably for the 2nd Dillon's Rolling Western, because there was a "Dillon's Rolling Western 2" teaser once you beat the game.



bro2dragons said:

Ignoring the quite possible Rolling Western 2...

Could it be Miyamoto's new IP project?



Lunapplebloom said:

Color me interested. This could be an awesome new game franchise. I look forward to hearing more on it.



C-Olimar said:

When you complete Dillon's Rolling Western, you are shown a trailer for Dillon's Rolling Western 2: The Last Ranger, so I'd go with that.



RR529 said:

I don't think Rolling Western would get a sequel so fast. Judging by eShop ratings (which I know aren't totally accurate), Both Pushmo & Sakura Samurai have sold more.

We'll just have to wait and see, though.



Henmii said:

The last ranger, hmmm! It could be a sequel to the Last story. Or it's maybe yet another Pokemon Ranger game! We will see!



Emily_Rogers said:

Not sure why so many sites are reporting this as new news this week.
This is old news from March 15, 2012.



theblackdragon said:

@Emily_Rogers: that news was for Nintendo of Japan registering the trademark, which we acknowledge happened a while back in the first and second paragraphs (even going so far to link back to the Siliconera article). This article is regarding Nintendo of Europe filing the trademark as well, which makes the title coming west a distinct possibility instead of it being just another one of the innumerable Japan-only titles that have been released.



Emily_Rogers said:

@theblackdragon All of your points are valid. I wasn't singling out NintendoLife, so I do apologize if it comes off that way. I saw the headline and just assumed old news was being posted as new. I should have read the actual article and not just the headline. Please accept my apology.

It'll be interesting to see what The Last Ranger is all about.

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