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News: You'll Now Be Able To Play Mini-Games During Loading Times

You'll Now Be Able To Play Mini-Games During Loading Times

Bandai Namco's "Ridge Racer" patent has expired

Once upon a time, consoles were sold on the fact that they loaded software instantly without the waiting times associated with formats that used tapes, floppies or sluggish CD drives, but these days that distinction has all but vanished, with some next-gen releases making players stare at...

News: Donkey Kong Champ Billy Mitchell Loses Legal Battle Against Regular Show Parody

Donkey Kong Champ Billy Mitchell Loses Legal Battle Against Regular Show Parody

"GBF appears as a non-human creature, a giant floating head with no body"

Famed games player Billy Mitchell has lost his legal battle against his depiction in the Cartoon Network's The Regular Show. The character - known as GBF (Garrett Bobby Ferguson or Giant Bearded Face) - is a floating head with arms who is revealed to be an alien who cheats...

News: Nintendo Wins Patent Case Against Handhelds

Nintendo Wins Patent Case Against Handhelds

Portables don't fit mold of "Computerized Information Retrieval System"

When you make things nowadays, especially in the realm of technology, odds are increasingly good that you will run into someone claiming patent infringement on your creation. Sometimes the plaintiff is in the right; other times they're just money-hungry patent trolls. Either...

News: Here's Why The StreetPass Bunny Couldn't Care Less If You Don't Buy His Games In Europe

Here's Why The StreetPass Bunny Couldn't Care Less If You Don't Buy His Games In Europe

Grumpy in North America and Japan, but chilled out in Europe. What gives?

Yesterday saw the launch of not one but two new 3DS StreetPass games, and triggered a rush of Nintendo fans opening their consoles and handing over digital funds for both titles. However, depending on which region you're in, you will have gotten a slightly different reaction...

News: The Man Who Created Trollface Wants A Cut Of Meme Run's Earnings

The Man Who Created Trollface Wants A Cut Of Meme Run's Earnings

"I don’t think he knows what the consequences of ignoring me are"

Remember Ninja Pig's Meme Run? The game hit the Wii U eShop recently and caused quite a stir, not only for its pretty terrible quality but also because it apparently used the popular "Trollface" Meme without the permission of the original creator. The end result was that the game...

News: Actor Is Suing Nintendo After Suffering Heart Problems In A Sweltering Donkey Kong Suit

Actor Is Suing Nintendo After Suffering Heart Problems In A Sweltering Donkey Kong Suit

Legal teams are going bananas

When actor Parker Mills stepped into a Donkey Kong costume to promote the launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at the Los Angeles Zoo last year, he most likely assumed the job would be a piece of cake — after all, what's better than being the mighty Kong for a day, right? However, Mills ended up earning more than...

News: Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringes On The Rights Of Multiple Emulator Authors

Hyperkin's RetroN 5 Console Allegedly Infringes On The Rights Of Multiple Emulator Authors

Team behind RetroArch says Hyperkin is using emulators without permission

Hyperkin's RetroN 5 console is a fantastic way to enjoy old classics, and offers plenty of benefits over existing clone retro systems, largely because it uses advanced software emulation to offer HD visuals and other benefits. However, it would appear that Hyperkin can't...

News: Capcom Is Suing Koei Tecmo For Patent Infringement, Looking For $9.43 million Settlement

Capcom Is Suing Koei Tecmo For Patent Infringement, Looking For $9.43 million Settlement

Legal laughs

Capcom has taken Koei Tecmo to court in Japan in relation to patent infringement and is seeking a settlement of $9.43 million. The first oral arguments were heard today in Osaka District Court. The first patent named in the lawsuit was filed by Capcom in 2002 and relates to "a function that lets you acquire new content by combining an...

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...