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  • News Philips Secures Wii Patent Victory Over Nintendo in the UK

    Nintendo to appeal, may affect similar claims in other countries

    Not too long ago we reported on a Philips patent claim against Nintendo related to Wii technology, specifically with regards to recognising hand gestures and motion. It's not the first such claim against the Wii in this regard, of course, but is certainly significant considering the...

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June2012

  • News 3DS Patent Can Tell When You've Returned Home

    Not as creepy as it sounds

    Back to the Future Part II's vision of 2015 was an intelligent house that greeted people as they walked in. "Welcome home, Marty!" it would say. "Lord of the manor, King of the castle!" Well, this new patent application from Nintendo might lead to that mythical home of the increasingly-near future. The patent shows a...

May2012

  • News 3DS Patent Covers Vibrating Stylus, New Kinds of Control

    The plot thickens

    Nintendo's filed a patent for a new kind of input on 3DS — one that requires no physical contact with the console at all. The application uses the 3DS console's inner-facing camera along with a stylus to manipulate 3D images on the top screen without the need for buttons, touch screen or moving the console. The inward-facing...

  • News Colour-Based AR Patent is Hot Stuff

    You'll see what we mean

    The augmented reality games bundled with the 3DS are all well and good, but many of you want more. Nintendo's applied for a patent on a new colour-based AR concept that would make a very welcome addition to the system's AR suite. The document refers to using colour to influence the game world, giving several intriguing...

  • News Nintendo Patent Reveals Wii U and Remote Interactivity

    Drag and drop

    So far a lot of the Wii U video and technology has focused on how one player will use the Wii U controller and others will use Wii Remotes, but a new patent shows the potential for a single player using both controllers together. The patent outlines how a player could use the Wii Remote to interact with both the TV and Wii U...

  • News Nintendo Patents 'Ornamental Design' for 3DS Circle Pad

    It's so pretty

    One of the first things we noticed when Satoru Iwata stood on stage at E3 2010 with a 3DS was the Circle Pad. Some called it a slider pad, others opted for analogue stick: whatever name you chose, it ultimately meant that Nintendo was giving us analogue control in its shiny new handheld. It's since given us the Circle Pad Pro to...

  • News Nintendo Applies for Patent on Wii U Golf Tech

    Taking a swing

    Remember Nintendo's bold new vision for sports games on Wii U, shown off at E3 last year? It's dead serious about making it a reality, applying for a patent on its concept for golf. The patent pertains to using the new controller on the ground to see the lie of the ball, but it goes into more detail, revealing it's possible to 'miss'...

  • Rumour This is Wii U's Controller Charging Dock

    Looks the part

    Wii U's controller will come with a built-in rechargeable battery, so naturally Nintendo will provide a means of charging it with the console. It may not be as boring as a cable though: it could be an immensely exciting cradle. NeoGAF user Aostia claims to have unearthed a patent showing off a charging dock for the controller, which...

April2012

March2012

  • News Nintendo: "We Refuse to Succumb to Patent Trolls"

    Wii Fit patent case dismissed

    Rick Flamm, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of Legal & General Counsel, has spoken out against "patent trolls" after winning a third litigation case this year. Californian firm IA Labs claimed that the Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit software infringed on U.S. Patent No. 7,121,982. IA Labs'...

November2011

  • News Nintendo Patents Touch Pad for Wii Remote

    But to what end?

    We've seen plenty of Wii controller patents in the past, not all of which saw the light of day — remember the inflatable horse and American football? Now the company's put out a patent for a Wii Remote touch-sensitive pad, as spotted by

August2011

  • Feature Wii Controllers - What Could Have Been

    Wii never knew...

    Part of our mission at Nintendo Life is to highlight parts of the gaming world that were previously unknown. To that end, our experienced researchers have been rooting around the archives of Wii history and discovered the original patent application for the Wii Remote. Reading patent documentation isn’t the most stimulating of...

  • News Wii U Controller Patent Reveals Interesting Features

    Fingers crossed for a mini George Foreman grill

    At this stage in the game, Nintendo has officially revealed relatively little about the specifics behind the upcoming Wii U and its controller technology. Apart from the standard features one would come to expect from any brand of console controller, we know the Wii U's will also sport a 6.2-inch touch...

April2011

March2011

  • News New Patents Reveal Balance Board Motorcycle Game

    New patents unearthed

    It's been a while since we saw a Nintendo-published game that uses the Balance Board, surprising considering the number of boards sat in living rooms around the world, but a new patent filing has revealed a motorcycle game could be in the works at Nintendo Software Technology. The application shows a first-person motorcycle...

October2010

  • News The DS Isn't Just for Gaming, It Can Help With Shopping Too

    Turning visits to the supermarket into a real-time strategy game

    What makes technology so marvelous is the multitude of tasks we can get a single piece of hardware to do. Single women (and men, we suppose) can probably find more than one use for an electric toothbrush, drivers prone to getting lost can use their phone to make calls as well as turning it into a sat-nav device, and now it seems it's..

  • News Vitality Sensor Details and Game Ideas Emerge in Patent Application

    It's all about haemoglobin, apparently

    E3 2010, TGS 2010 and Nintendo's Conference all came and went without even so much as a snifter of new information about the Vitality Sensor. Although Nintendo is still keeping the device behind closed doors, Siliconera has uncovered patent applications that reveal more about how the sensor works as well as its potential applications. Essentially, the..

July2010

  • News Nintendo Files Patent for Wii Hard Drive

    But to what end?

    Mysterious patents, electronic goods and the Internet can often be a volatile combination, so take this latest application as you will. Nintendo has recently filed for a patent that offers the ability to install Wii games to a hard drive, though there's little information available as to its wider applications. Certain retailers...

April2010

  • News Nintendo Wins Appeal in Controller Patents Case

    No infringement going on here, Officer

    You may remember (if you have a watertight memory) a lawsuit arising a few years ago between Nintendo, Microsoft and a third company named Anascape, who sued both hardware manufacturers for apparently infringing their patents. Anascape won that time, netting a cool $21m from Nintendo and an undisclosed sum from Microsoft. Now, two years later, Nintendo has..

February2010

  • News Nintendo Patents Touch Screen Rumble Feature

    No news of a new Star Fox to go with it

    Nintendo have recently filed a patent for touch screen rumble feedback. The patent reveals a tactile feature, wherein rumble feedback is applied through the touch screen consequent to the user’s interaction. The patent confirms that the hardware to which the technology relates to consists of two screens, with one being a display screen and one a touch..

  • News Sony Patents Universal Game Controller

    Would work with all three current home consoles - including Wii

    Owners of multiple consoles can attest to the clutter and occasionally annoying battery maintenance that comes with having several different controllers kicking around the house. Televisions, stereos and DVD players can all be programmed to use one remote control, but gamers are stuck with just the one proprietary kind. Some may not..

August2009

  • News More Nintendo Shenanigans Reveal Football Controller Patent

    American football, that is.

    Nintendo's R&D department can be called many things, but no one can rightly label them as boring. The inflatable horseback riding peripheral revealed a few weeks ago made Nintendo look like it was on the brink of insanity, but this new patent (also discovered by Siliconera) seems to indicate that they're taking at least half of their prescribed anti-crazy pills: it's..

  • News Nintendo Patents Inflatable Horseback Riding Peripheral

    Yep.

    Well, this was unexpected. A European patent held by Nintendo (discovered by Siliconera) shows the company isn't content with just having peripherals like the Balance Board, Vitality Sensor, Zapper, Wheel, MotionPlus and the Nunchuck. No, Nintendo wants to peripheralize your badonkadonk as well. An inflatable horse saddle is the latest innovation patented by the company. The seat would have be..