Earlier this month, Nintendo secured trademarks for The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and Mario Vs. Donkey Kong. This followed with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Wii Sports Resort days later. What was interesting about these applications at the time was the fact each one covered 'program for smartphone'.

We're now nearly at the end of the month and Nintendo is at it again. This time it has grabbed trademarks for Kirby's Dream Land, Art Academy and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Yet again, these reference ‘program for home video game machine’, ‘downloadable video game program’ and ‘program for smartphone’.

Like we said previously, this could simply be business as usual for Nintendo, as the Japanese company is known to continually renew trademarks to cover older franchises. Or, on the more speculative side, it could perhaps be the company preparing for something special.

In October, Nintendo filed a patent for a Game Boy case compatible with touchscreen devices. On a completely separate occasion earlier in 2018, the Mario & Luigi developer AlphaDream posted job listings seeking graphic designers for work on multiple platforms including mobile. Could there be any links?

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[via japanesenintendo.com, twitter.com]