Nintendo recently applied for multiple trademarks on 12th May 2020 and each one has now been published. First up, is a trademark for the upcoming Switch release, Paper Mario: The Origami King, which is due out on 17th July. The other game mentioned is the much older 2006 Wii title, Excite Truck.
It doesn't end there, though. On the hardware front, there's an application for the company's 2001 handheld device - the Game Boy Advance, its 2012 Wii U system, and there's even a mention of the WaveBird - a wireless controller for the GameCube.
Last but not least is an application for Mii - Nintendo's customisable avatar first introduced during the Wii generation. Japanese Nintendo also mentions the categories each of these trademarks has been filed under:
The Game Boy Advance and Wii U applications are under the categories machinery and equipment and toys with the Wii U also being under education/entertainment. Both Paper Mario applications and Excite Truck are under the machinery and equipment category, Wavebird is under toys, and Mii is under both machinery and equipment and education/entertainment.
This is the most trademarks Nintendo has applied for since the start of this year. Back in January, it applied for 39 trademarks. Of course, trademark applications don't necessarily mean there are any new games or products on the horizon and are often just to protect IP - so try not to get too excited.
Is there anything above you would like to see Nintendo revive? Share your thoughts down below.
Actually, it's really easy not to get excited about what is most likely just trademark protection.
It’s 99% trademark protection, nothing to see here.
@JimmySpades Argh, beat me to it.
Including Mii ?
I hope Nintendo will consider more Mii games for Switch.
Please remake Golden Sun and the sequel!
It's a shame it's pretty much guaranteed to be trademark protection. Excite Truck was great.
oh wow it means absolutely nothing
Nintendo is just locking in these names and keeping the trademarks home with them. They don’t the “Wii U” to ever been seen again... haha. Bad joke.
I wish Miis will get a second chance on Switch. Sure, don't make them a "forced" option like how they were on the 3DS and (especially) Wii U, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve to get a bit more of a spotlight again...
@Mommar Yeah, I don't have my hopes up, if they dug up any Wii game for a remake or sequel, the Excite games would be my top choice.
with the WaveBird trademark that Nintendo applied for, does this mean that we may see an updated version of the GameCube WaveBird controller. maybe even a Nintendo switch version of the controller?
for all we know the the Game Boy Advance and Wii U ones may lead to updates in the Nintendo Switch online services or whatever Nintendo is planning to do with them...
Oooo 😮! I missed out on Excite Truck. I'm definitely interested in that.
99.9% of this is going to be trademark protection. That's what usually happens when this type of information is about. Really nothing surprising there. I mean, I'd still love a TTYD-remake of Paper Mario on the Switch. It would make the Switch series skyrocket to major heights on top of what it's already succeeded in doing. Heck I'd love either a compilation of all 5/6 games in Mario & Luigi series to the Switch. Just make an April Fool's joke actually happen and port every game to the Switch and watch the sales numbers go trillion-fold. I'd be an extremely happy camper. One can dream...
I hope another Mii game is in the works. I wouldn’t play it, but I know other people would.
I'm putting my hopes up! 😻
I want The Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD on the Switch so bad I think I may die if they don't 😣!
Gonna be honest I want those two more than botw 2 because I know it will be released eventually.
Im already seeing it, Excite truck vs Paper Mario for Wii u, and for GBA. Wavebird compatible.
Every year Nintendo renews trademarks. Every year this is posted on Nintendo new sites.
Every year nothing else happens.
@StephenYap3 Totally agree. I wish Mii Plaza was still a thing. Obviously it can't be the exact same but something similar to bring Miis back more into the spotlight.
Paper Mario = N64
GBA = GBA
WaveBird = GameCube
ExciteTruck and Mii = Wii
Wii U = Wii U
So GBA, N64, GameCube, Wii, and Wii U Classic Edition Minis confirm?
Just give us some more retro support on Switch. I don't care if it comes via NSO or from collections of games on cartridges.
Let's see some GB, GBA, N64 and Gamecube.
Trademarks are renewed every 10 years.
Nothing to see here.
This is an odd article. It’s like reporting that people went to work and did their jobs.
Yeah, it's not newsworthy. It's just standard business operating practices. Trademark renewals aren't indicative of anything of note where gamers are concerned.
Unfortunately nothing to see here. Although it is nice to see protection for WaveBird (still the best controller) and ExciteTruck an underrated and fun game IMHO
Excitetruck is a proper classic nobody played.
Excitebots in Europe would do me fine.
Excite Truck was a treat to play on the Wii, I remember you could use your own Mp3 tracks as background music when racing. I still have my copy and play it occasionally on the Wii U.
I wanted to get Excite Bots also on the Wii but this didn't see a Euro release.
A simple port of Excite Truck with remastered graphics would be a day one purchase for me..
An excitetruck remaster on switch would make me very happy!
Nintendo did the right thing.
You need something as comfy as IPs to sit on.
"Of course, trademark applications don't necessarily mean there are any new games or products on the horizon and are often just to protect IP"
Try "very rarely means"
I'm always Excited when I hear "Excite Truck". Reminds me when Reggie said something like, I'm pleased with our rivals price points, it makes me confident, so confident I'm going to drive my truck right through those price points. I'll have to look up the actual quote now. Legend.
I can see one or two of them being updates to expiring trademarks but why would the gba or the wave bird be expiring the same time the WiiU is? Trademarks are valid for x amount of time, no? The wave bird trademark would have expired well before the wiiu. I might be way off, let me know.
Wavebird is the dream.
Just because Minish Cap is in the photo on the article, but I'd love to play through that again on a modern handheld (Switch). A GBA service comparable to the NES and SNES ones currently available with the Switch online service would be my preference over N64 right now!
Please put Excite Truck on Switch... Pretty please.
I didn't play Excite Truck unfortunately. Along with Excitebots, these are the last Nintendo-published racing games I can think of outside Mario Kart.
I think I was put-off by the apparent brevity of the experience. I really should go and get a copy as I have an urge to try it out over the years. A new iteration would be marvellous.
So this means there’s a new excite truck game in the works for the mii u advance?
I like that!
@Shinra when you have a 6 minute long Sonata Arctica track playing in the background racing your mate, and you finish as the track ends. That isn't brief, that is epic. The core of the game is simply plain fun. Had many a long gaming session playing that game.
We have to renew ours all of the time. It is just part of business to protect your IP.
Sadly, this more than likely means nothing
I would like to see those games included in the Nintendo Switch Online Service. I would rather play the Game Boy Advance games than the SNES games. My brother had a Nintendo and SNES. That means none of those games hold nostalgia for me, except for the one's I had on the WII. My first console was a N64. The Online Service needs more consoles besides the Nintendo and SNES.
Mole Mania. Come on Nintendo.
I would love another Mii game in the future. I think the last Mii-centered game we got was Miitopia, and I'd love to see another fun game focusing on those cute little avatars.
@RQuinain Only words can describe how much hours I've put into Streetpass Mii Plaza...
Oh god, that clamshell SP... Thanks, now I need to browse eBay for the rest of the morning.
Pretty sure this is simply a case of trademark renewal and nothing else, though I'd love to be proven wrong.
@Shinra It’s just a pure joy to play over and over. I sunk hours into ExciteTruck. I reviewed it for Nintendojo back in the day. But the sequel was never release in the UK
@Smashfan508 Well I mean, it's "3 devices ago" and nearly 20 years old. It makes me feel old too but yes, I would say that qualifies as retro.
GBA? Trademark? ... Metroid dread confirmed.
@Smashfan508 People usually read waaaaaaay to much into these "trademark renewals". So something had to be said.
I'd love to see GBA Games come to the Switch online service, but I don't think this is any indication it will / will not come.
I don't understand why we shouldn't be excited there is a reason why Nintendo does this and they have time again. Reason they started to crack down on Rom sites was because they started to use their old IPS for things like like the mini systems let's not forget the gamecube controllers made a come back in which they even created an adapter for, also is not like they got rid of Miis you can still create one. Stop been such pessimists you all act as if Nintendo hasn't surprised us time and time again, things may or may not happen but I have a feeling their is still lots to come. =:3
OMG they still make GBAs and what not!??!?! /s
@RPGamer You didn't exactly make it difficult...
@RPGamer This article is four days old.
Concerning Nintendo Land, that game was amazing and is one of the highlights that kicked off the Wii U for me...but one of the major reasons for that is the Wii U Game Pad, which is utilized in numerous ways and being that the Switch console is only one screen itself, it'd be very difficult for the Switch to get a successor to Nintendo Land unless if the successor goes in an entirely new direction in terms of controls and console gimmicks. And it pains me saying all of this because I really loved the game, especially considering the amount of hours I've put into Metroid Blast ;_;
As for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (great game), I too would say that I'm bummed about the exclusion of Miis, but I'm speculating that it's been done for the fact that Sega also has another Tokyo 2020 Olympics game "Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - The Official Video Game" (which has yet to be released outside of Japan) that offers customizable near-realistic human characters in place of Miis. I only ever played the demo(s) myself via JP eShop and they're quite a bit of fun, if I say so myself. Either way, I'm not too bummed about the Miis missing out on the latest Mario & Sonic game. If anything, I'm more bummed about there being not enough Dream Events (I'd even trade in Story Mode in its entirety for more Dream Events).
@StephenYap3 Nintendo land on Switch would be a good NSO title. Each player picks their role and connects to the game. As the Switch won't need to handle multiple screens, just the players they can flesh out the levels more and even allow for larger levels with more complicated puzzles and co operation being needed. It would need a good comms system tho, or voice chat if they make it more complex. I also had a Blast playing Metroid blast (only ever had 2 people to play with tho) and the Zelda adventure back in 2012. If Nintendo had added online to the game somehow, it would have made it even better (as Wii U had 0 problems with mic inputs/headsets).
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