All the games you can muster

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 have used similar systems to offer a selection of games at demonstration kiosks without the hassle of changing disks, so this patent could represent plans on Nintendo's behalf to roll such a system out to other retailers. Of course, Nintendo has so far revealed nothing about its intentions for such a device, so at this time there's only these patent documents and the inevitable waiting to see what, if anything, comes of this application.