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Nintendo Files New Eternal Darkness Trademark

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Adds downloadable options

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.

[via siliconera.com]

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Marshi

#6

Marshi said:

Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease! Please nintendo,for once please do what the fans want.it dosnt need to be a hd remake,just bring it to vc,480p and 2002 graphics unchanged,hell you dont even have to suport off tv play(though it would be nice...) just please bring it to the wiiu!

b23cdq

#8

b23cdq said:

Could be a VC release, tied to the release of Shadow of the Eternals.

felix330

#10

felix330 said:

@BraveBold5 I don't think the shadow of the eternals guys would like this. An official sequel would probably mean that people will care more for the official than the spiritual successor. If you think that SotE will be picked up by Nintendo and renamed as Eternal darkness, that won't happen unless the kickstarter gets cancelled and the game is not released for PC.

Peach64

#11

Peach64 said:

I would love GC games on the VC so bad, if only for the fact I really want to play Fire Emblem without paying £80.

Shambo

#12

Shambo said:

I have the original, but the SLIGHTEST of improvement (off tv on Wii U or 3d on 3ds) will GUARANTEE one sale (of both, if they decide to go all out with this classic gem) for me already.

ArkOne77

#14

ArkOne77 said:

@Peach64 ......Couldn't agree with you more! I simply refuse to buy any of these hard to find titles on feebay & damazon at ridiculous prices!!! Never played Fire Emblem Path Of Radiance or Eternal Darkness on Gamecube.... Hope this happens as well.

Shambo

#15

Shambo said:

@ArkOne77 Eternal Darkness and the Gamecube itself are very affordable nowadays. I hope it does come to Wii U, but you can't go wrong buying a Gamecube. I know, I own four of these babies, and two are being actively used every now and then. A fifth went to my sister, who's first true gaming experience was on my first Gamecube, and she already goes all nostalgic over it!

ArkOne77

#16

ArkOne77 said:

@Shambo ...Cool! I have a Gamecube, but was always under the impression Eternal Darkness was being sold at high prices like "Path of Radiance". i'ill have to do some hunting then. Kinda bummed out that Gamestop doesn't deal with Gamecube games still. There are a handful I'd like to get a hold of still....Thanks!

FiveDigitLP

#17

FiveDigitLP said:

I actually played a few hours of this game just this past weekend! My friend and I are trying to work our way through it, and man is it an odd gem. There are some pretty crazy stuff that happens in this game.

@ArkOne77 @Peach64 As far as price goes, you just have to look in the right places. I bought this, Path of Radiance, and Radiant Dawn all for under $30 each...in fact I believe two of them were under $20. I just found them at a local shop that specializes in games, comics, and movies. I don't know how they calculate prices, but I guess they don't base it off of eBay! lol.
I don't know if you would have those kinds of places in the UK, but it's certainly worth a look if you do.
For anyone wondering, the chain I went to is in the central part of the US and called "Vintage Stock". http://www.vintagestock.com/

Dpullam

#18

Dpullam said:

There are a good amount of Gamecube games that I wouldn't mind having in download form on Wii U. Even so, I still have my Gamecube so if I don't get that opportunity anytime soon then I'll just buy them in physical form. No biggie either way.

ricklongo

#19

ricklongo said:

The Gamecube is the one Nintendo console I never even touched, so this sounds like very good news for me. Getting Mario Sunshine as a downloadable title would be amazing.

Shambo

#20

Shambo said:

@ArkOne77 You should be able to get a PAL version for about €15, give or take. Just checked ebay.com for NTSC, they seem to charge triple to quadruple... Hope you live in Europe for once.

Gamecube Virtual Console could offer people the chance to experience the likes of Cubivore, MGS Twin Snakes, Skies of Arcadia,... firsthand. I have over a hundred original Cube games, many rare ones, even imported quite a few -like Cubivore, which set me back €60 and goes for about €100~150 nowadays- but I think everyone should at least play that game for a fair price, collector or not.

@ricklongo it's one of my favourite systems ever. 2-16 player LAN Mario Kart, Gameboy player, GBA connectivity 4 player co-op Zelda and Final Fantasy or versus Pacman VS, original 3d Mario and Zelda, BEST remakes EVER, the birth of Pikmin, perfect (wireless) controller, BEST start-up screen and console menu ever... There was even a voice commanded RTS pinball wargame called Odama! While technically bad, it was an amazingly original game.

BRING THAT FRANCHISE BACK NINTENDO!

Cohort

#22

Cohort said:

I still own the game but gamecube games on the eshop would be mighty tempting, I'd love to see TimeSplitters FP, online and with wii remote support, I can dream...

yuwarite

#23

yuwarite said:

GameCube games on Virtual Console?! I honestly thought this was never going to happen...

WingedSnagret

#24

WingedSnagret said:

Here's hoping for general GameCube games (Mario Sunshine, SSB Melee, Luigi's Mansion, ect.) to be added later on.

retro_player_22

#26

retro_player_22 said:

Oh yes, please let it be Eternal Darkness HD. They did gave us Wind Waker HD so an EDHD would be awesome.

Nintenjoe64

#27

Nintenjoe64 said:

I think Nintendo might be HD remaking all their GC games instead of VC releases. I've still got most of my classics but this game is worth rebuying at full price just so I have the gamepad as 'The Tome'

pntjr

#28

pntjr said:

Let there be a new Eternal Darkness exclusive to the Wii U! I would buy it!

Nintenjoe64

#29

Nintenjoe64 said:

@indienapolis Geist needs a reboot. Nintendo don't have much of an FPS rep but they did publish the best ever (Goldeneye007) and some of the most original (Prime, Geist).

bezerker99

#31

bezerker99 said:

Nice! Whether it's the Gamecube version coming to the eShop or a sequel in the making (/me looks at kickstarter Shadow of the Eternals), this is exciting news!!!

Warruz

#32

Warruz said:

Please be Gamecube VC, i really have a large list i wish to play on GC

ajcismo

#33

ajcismo said:

This is interesting because they're not just renewing an existing patent or trademark, but adding to it. Sometimes companies will renew just for the sake of doing it, even if they have no intention of using it. Good stuff, instant download day one.

Kirk

#34

Kirk said:

I'm thinking this is just gearing up for a Virtual Console release at most.

If we get any more I'll be very surprised but pleasantly surprised.

3DSAllDay

#35

3DSAllDay said:

Imagine a remake of eternal darkness on the WiiU where it messes up the T.V. you play on as well as your gamepad...

Samurai_Goroh

#36

Samurai_Goroh said:

I just hope Nintendo isn't preparing an official Eternal Darkness sequel unrelated to the Kickstarter project. Boy, wouldn't that be awesome, but it would essentially kill the sales of such a good, independent project like "Shadow of the Eternals". Talk about raining on other's parade...Nintendo should hire those guys, not ruin their thing.
I never had a GameCube, but I have bought some GC games to play on my Wii and it's a really nice system with a very interesting catalogue. Plus, the GC controller is just great. Perfection with 2 analogues and pressure-sensitive triggers. Awesome for Brawl and N64 Virtual Console games. But some of the Cube's gems are very overpriced like MGS: Twin Snakes or Tales of Symphonia. I would love to get those games digitally at a reasonable price. But first we need to get the N64, the Mega Drive, the Turbografx, the Neo Geo,etc. Wii U VC still has a long way to go.

Darknyht

#37

Darknyht said:

Reading into things, Shadows of the Eternals has a lower Kickstarter price this time around. They say it is because they found a backer that is funding a large part of the project. Nintendo just renewed the trademark.

I think that maybe Nintendo is letting Shadows of the Eternals test the market waters with their Kickstarter. If they meet the goal, perhaps they will come forward and announce that instead of being Shadows of the Eternals, it will be Eternal Darkness 2: Shadows of the Eternals.

Just guessing, but the pieces do fit.

derickw69

#38

derickw69 said:

I want a digital re-release of the original, along with Shadows of the Eternals (as a sort of bridge the gap kind of thing) for, wait for it...Eternal Darkness II. Made and developed by Nintendo. Make that happen, along with GC VC, and I will be a very happy gamer.

millarrp

#39

millarrp said:

I hope they do release this on the VC. Although I have a GC, I can't justify paying ebay prices for the physical copy...

MAB

#40

MAB said:

Still gots me the GC copy but I would definitely go a WiiU VC download... But whatever they do I will be awesomed ;)

SirQuincealot

#41

SirQuincealot said:

maybe this will be the next 3d remake?

they havent announced any since Donkey kong, and it doesnt look that far off of RE revelations

One-Winged-Pit

#42

One-Winged-Pit said:

I am trying to get the Gamecube one but I keep getting outbidded on eBay. I hope we see a remake for this game or at least a rerelease.

hcfwesker

#44

hcfwesker said:

LOVED this game. Having to watch my entire gamecube memory card get erased before my eyes and nothing I could do about it is still one of the most shocking & nerve racking moments I ever felt in a videogame to this date, and that was 10 years ago!

Which brings up an interesting point ... how would they pull off some of the amazing sanity effects in VC mode?

FJOJR

#45

FJOJR said:

Nintendo may be learning to instead of creating new IPs or using the same stable of franchises they should work with the ones they have not touched in a while (cough F-Zero cough)

A1234

#47

A1234 said:

this is great news! I was just about to go in the wild to find the game. glad I don't have to anymore. I never played this game and I always wanted to.

element187

#48

element187 said:

"Aaaaaand that would kill of the spiritual sequel pretty fast"

@Einherjar No way, it would only help the spiritual successor sell more copies.... if people liked the original, they are going to buy the spiritual sequel.... And people who purchase the spiritual sequel first, will go back and play the original. Its more like a symbiotic relationship. Both are good for each other..... IF I were Nintendo, I would just purchase the spiritual successor for pennies on the dollar just to make it an exclusive.

DudeSean

#50

DudeSean said:

Eternal Darkness used the analog triggers. You could slightly release it and then press it down all the way again to select a different target. If you let go completely and then pressed it again, it would lock on to the closest enemy again. Without analog triggers, you would only be able to lock on to the nearest enemy. Doesn't break the game, but it does put a tiny little dent in it.

Doma

#51

Doma said:

Interesting, but i find it hard to believe we'll see Gamecube games on VC in any of our lifetimes.

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