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News: Nintendo Files Patent for "Eye Tracking" Device to Enable 3D Experiences on 2D Displays

Nintendo Files Patent for "Eye Tracking" Device to Enable 3D Experiences on 2D Displays

Also proposes enhanced experiences through smell, temperature and light

Nintendo may have submitted some rather peculiar patent applications in the past, but the most recent may have some foundation in reality, indicating a potential move into Virtual Reality for the company. It proposes a wearable device — potentially glasses — that is detected...

News: Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

Fresh Nintendo Wii U Patent Looks Like a Wii Music Game

At least a potential E3 reveal won't be a live demonstation

It seems that today is a day of potential E3 leaks, and this one will likely divide Nintendo gamers. We're aware that some of the Nintendo Life community enjoyed Wii Music, so this writer will restrict expressing his feelings of trepidation and fear at this possible reveal — the lead...

News: Nintendo Wins Microprocessor Patent Dispute Over 3DS and DSi

Nintendo Wins Microprocessor Patent Dispute Over 3DS and DSi

More success for the legal team

Nintendo has endured its fair share of patent battles in recent years, with the Wii and DS in particular kicking off a range of proceedings against the company. Nintendo has prevailed the majority of times, with a rare blot in the form of a defeat to Tomita Technologies USA over the 3D camera functionality of the 3DS...

Feature: The Weird and Wonderful World of Nintendo Patents

The Weird and Wonderful World of Nintendo Patents

Because gaming needs more wackiness

Nintendo is well known for pushing new ideas, often utilising established technology to broaden our horizons and shake up gaming experiences. The Wii Remote may have used well-worn technology in innovative ways to prompt a motion-control craze, yet it wasn't received with universal rapture before the Wii launched...

News: Nintendo Patented an "Illumination Device" for Gaming Use

Nintendo Patented an "Illumination Device" for Gaming Use

A little mood lighting, perhaps?

Nintendo has proven itself a company willing to buck standard conventions and try out new concepts. Some ideas, such as dual screens and motion controls, become a solid entry into gaming culture. Others may never leave the drawing board. A Nintendo patent that was filed in September 2010 and widely spotted today...

News: Nintendo Ordered to Pay Royalties on 3DS Sales For Patent Infringement

Nintendo Ordered to Pay Royalties on 3DS Sales For Patent Infringement

1.82% of the wholesale price

Last year we told you about the ongoing patent dispute between Nintendo and Seijiro Tomita of Tomita Technologies USA. The case dated back to 2011, with Tomita arguing that the use of glasses-free 3D — in particular the 3D camera option — utilised his patented technology. Tomita had presented this technology to...

News: Nintendo Cleared in Wii Patent Dispute With Creative Kingdoms

Nintendo Cleared in Wii Patent Dispute With Creative Kingdoms

It threatened the U.S. import of Wii systems

Nintendo has to regularly defend itself in patent disputes, winning in many cases with the occasional exception. While the 3DS screen technology loss to Tomita Technologies USA could cost Nintendo $15.1 million, other cases have the potential to prevent imports of Nintendo systems to major territories...

News: Nintendo Wins Another Patent Battle, This Time Over MotionPlus

Nintendo Wins Another Patent Battle, This Time Over MotionPlus

That legal team is on fire

Nintendo faces its fair share of patent battles, which in most cases — not all, with a notable loss on 3DS screen technology — go the Kyoto company's way. Plenty of these disputes focus on the Wii and its various peripherals, which is more than likely due to the console's phenomenal sales success and its various...

News: Nintendo Succeeds in Wii Fit Balance Board Patent Appeal

Nintendo Succeeds in Wii Fit Balance Board Patent Appeal

Original decision in the company's favour is upheld

Nintendo, and particularly the Wii, have faced a number of patent challenges in recent years. In most cases Nintendo has emerged as the victor, with a loss on the 3DS screen technology being a rare blip. The big N has faced challenges to its Wii Remote, in particular, and various devices and gizmos...

News: Nintendo Facing Lawsuit Over 3D Technology On The 3DS

Nintendo Facing Lawsuit Over 3D Technology On The 3DS

Major brawl in the courtroom

Japanese inventor Seijiro Tomita is suing Nintendo over claims that he invented the 3D screen technology that the company is now using in its 3DS handheld system. The investigation into the claim began in 2011, when he sued Nintendo and its U.S. unit. According to Tomita's attorney, Joe Diamante, he displayed a...