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News: Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Philips Claims Wii And Wii U Infringe Two Of Its Patents, Seeks Ban In The United States

Dutch electronics giant seeking compensation package, too

Dutch electronics manufacturer Philips is claiming that the Nintendo Wii and Wii U systems infringe on two of its patents — one of which dates back to 1996. According to Dutch site NU, Philips has submitted documents in the United States which call for a ban on selling both systems in that...

News: Nintendo Involved In Patent Dispute Over Wii U's Dual Screen Capabilities

Nintendo Involved In Patent Dispute Over Wii U's Dual Screen Capabilities

It's that time again

Nintendo is no stranger to patent cases, and it has been revealed that the company is involved in yet another — this time relating to the Wii U's selling point: its ability to display two screens at once. Nintendo Co. Ltd., Nintendo of America, Inc. and several other companies — including retailers who sell the system in...

News: As The Maker Of Flappy Bird Withdraws His Creation, Nintendo Denies Any Legal Complaint

As The Maker Of Flappy Bird Withdraws His Creation, Nintendo Denies Any Legal Complaint

Japanese firm has no issue with the game's visuals

Unless you've been living down an especially deep well for the past week or so, you'll have heard of the name Flappy Bird. The smartphone title has attracted an astonishing amount of interest both from within and outside the games industry, and its creator Dong Nguyen apparently made $50,000 USD a...

News: Full Screen Mario Web Game Closed Down Following Nintendo's Copyright Complaint

Full Screen Mario Web Game Closed Down Following Nintendo's Copyright Complaint

Popular HTML5 remake is no more

In mid-October we told you about Full Screen Mario, a free, open-source HTML5 web version of the original Super Mario Bros., the work of college student Josh Goldberg. The site attracted publicity due to its recreation of the original game, as well as a random map generator and level creator. With publicity came the...

News: Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source Web Version Of Super Mario Bros.

Nintendo Wants To Close Down This Open-Source Web Version Of Super Mario Bros.

"Full Screen Mario" infringes copyrights, claims Nintendo

Full Screen Mario is a recreation of the original Super Mario Bros. which runs in your web browser. It has all of the original levels and even allows you to create your own stages. It's an impressive feat of programming by a single person — college student Josh Goldberg — but Nintendo is...

News: Illegal Nintendo Clones Are Running Rampant On Windows Store

Illegal Nintendo Clones Are Running Rampant On Windows Store

Fancy Mario Jump!, Bowser Town Defense, Pokemon Attack! or Yoshijump?

Games which illegally use Nintendo characters are flooding the Windows Store, according to a report by Develop. Titles such as Mario Jump!, Bowser Town Defense, Pokemon Attack! are Yoshijump are all available now for download on Windows 8 devices — some of these games have been...

News: Nintendo Wins Appeals Court Ruling In Wii Patent Case

Nintendo Wins Appeals Court Ruling In Wii Patent Case

Previous ITC ruling upheld

The US Court of Appeals has upheld a previous ruling by the International Trade Commission finding that Nintendo did not infringe on patents held by Motiva by importing its Wii console. Motiva held two patents relating to a setup for measuring user movement for the purposes of health and fitness. Back in 2008, the...

News: Nintendo Accused Of Infringing Trademark With Wii U WaraWara Plaza

Nintendo Accused Of Infringing Trademark With Wii U WaraWara Plaza

Restaurant owner Monteroza is less than happy

Restaurant chain owner Monteroza has filed a claim against Nintendo over the use of its "WaraWara Plaza" trademark. Monteroza — which operates 300 restaurants in the far east and runs a chain of Japanese-style public houses under the brand Wara-wara — filed a request with the Japanese Patent Office...

News: Sega and Gearbox Sued By Irate Gamer Over "Misleading" Aliens: Colonial Marines Footage

Sega and Gearbox Sued By Irate Gamer Over "Misleading" Aliens: Colonial Marines Footage

In court, no one can hear you scream

When Sega canned the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines it probably hoped that it would draw a line under what has been an especially torrid project for the publisher. The highly-anticipated game launched on other formats to scathing reviews and nightmarish stories from people involved wi

News: Nintendo Responds To Guilty Verdict In 3D Patent Case

Nintendo Responds To Guilty Verdict In 3D Patent Case

"Nintendo is confident that the result will be set aside"

Nintendo has responded to the guilty verdict issued in its case against former Sony inventor Seijiro Tomita, who won $30.2 million in damages after insisting that Nintendo stole his idea for 3D display technology. The statement reads as follows: A jury awarded $30.2 million in damages to...

News: Nintendo Loses 3D Patent Case Against Former Sony Inventor

Nintendo Loses 3D Patent Case Against Former Sony Inventor

Ordered to pay $30.2 million in damages

A few weeks ago, we reported that Nintendo was being taken to court by former Sony staffer Seijiro Tomita, who insisted that the Kyoto company stole his idea for glasses-free 3D screens and used it on the Nintendo 3DS. Tomita's claim was that he demonstrated the tech to Nintendo in 2003, and that several of...

News: Nintendo To Appeal French Flash Card Case

Nintendo To Appeal French Flash Card Case

Company "extremely disappointed" with ruling

DS flash card manufacturer Divineo won big in France earlier this week, and Nintendo is not happy about it. A lawsuit filed by Nintendo against the company was thrown out in Paris’ Criminal Court earlier this week, with the judge saying that Nintendo should adopt a more open development system to allow anyone to create applications – like a PC, where..

News: Nintendo vs R4: The Lawsuit and the Snitch

Nintendo vs R4: The Lawsuit and the Snitch

A very un-Harry Potter like snitch website opens to combat R4 and their brethren

A while ago Nintendo won a lawsuit against retailers that sold and distributed R4 and R4-like devices. In case you didn't know, these are essentially carts which allow consumers to pirate DS games. Since then, those retailers were sent notices updating them on the situation and were told to immediately stop selling..

News: GoldenEye Designer Backs Virtual Console Release

GoldenEye Designer Backs Virtual Console Release

Martin Hollis would love to see 007 on the Wii...but also admits it's a legal minefield

The man behind GoldenEye - one of the most beloved N64 games of all time - has admitted that he'd love to see the game make it to the Virtual Console download service. Martin Hollis, formerly of Rare and now plying his trade at his own company Zoonami (Bonsai...