Don’t worry, your sanity meter is full: Nintendo has in fact filed a new trademark for Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem that suggests a possibility of seeing the 2002 GameCube title in download form.
According to Siliconera, Nintendo filed the new trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on 23rd July, 2013. It is similar to one filed on 10th February, 2010, but includes the terms “downloadable electronic game programs” and “downloadable electronic game software.”
The change in the trademark may imply that Nintendo is weighing the potential of offering Eternal Darkness in some form on the eShop. No other GameCube title has yet been offered on the Virtual Console, however, and this could just as likely be standard corporate base-covering or a tie-in in some other way to the game’s potential spiritual successor, Shadow of the Eternals, which recently relaunched on Kickstarter.
Still, it’s intriguing to think that the return of Eternal Darkness could be lurking deep within Nintendo, subtly pulling the strings of fate, waiting patiently for its time to emerge upon the world again.