As 2018 winds down, Nintendo is still busy registering trademarks like there's no tomorrow.

A week after the Japanese company secured smartphone-related trademarks for Kirby's Dream Land, Art Academy and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, it's now claimed three more - this time for Fossil Fighters, The Last Story and the Wii console. Once again, all of these reference ‘program for home video game machine’, ‘downloadable video game program’ and ‘program for smartphone’.

As we've noted on many other occasions, the mention of smartphones could potentially mean something big is on the way, or it's simply business as usual for Nintendo as it continually renews trademarks to cover older franchises.

Fossil Fighters first started out on the DS in 2008, the Wii was launched in 2006 and The Last Story was released on the same system in 2011.

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[via japanesenintendo.com, twitter.com]