Nintendo Apply For Poké Ball Plus Patents

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for five new “Game Controller” patents (特開2019-202117, 202091, 202092, 202093, and 202094) in Japan all related to the Poké Ball Plus. The patents aim to properly arrange components in a spherical controller, to enable various operations using a game controller, to properly arrange components in a spherical controller, to improve the degree of freedom for a structure for light emission in a game controller, and to provide a game controller in which components are properly arranged in a substantially spherical game controller. Please note this is just a brief summary of 92, 79, 83, 76, and 77 page PDFs. Select images from the applications added below thanks to J-PlatPat.

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Pokemori Trademark

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark (商願2019-142240) in Japan for ポケ森 (literally “Pokemori” which is an abbreviated version of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp) for purposes including electronic game program, downloadable electronic game program, and stuffed toy. Post updated with actual application added below thanks to J-PlatPat.

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GameCube Controller Trademark

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new image trademark (商願2019-141751) in Japan for the GameCube Controller (C-Stick, and Y, X, B, & A buttons) in categories including “machinery” and “toy” and purposes including “program for home video game machines”, “game controller for electronic devices”, “game controller for home video game machines”, and many more. The above image is part of the trademark application. Post updated with actual application added below thanks to J-PlatPat.

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The Stretchers Trademark

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark (商願2019-141504) in Japan for THE STRETCHERS for purposes including electronic game program and downloadable electronic game program. Logo used in the application added below…

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New Kirby Trademark

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark (商願2019-140553) in Japan for KIRBY for purposes including designated goods and designated services (these include merchandise, clothing, stationery, beverages, entertainment services, and more). This is not for a new video game. Actual application added below thanks to J-PlatPat.

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Nintendo Apply For Nintendo Switch And Joy-Con Plurality Patent

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new “Information processing” patent (特開2019-197585) in Japan. The patent aims to allow an information processing device (a Nintendo Switch is depicted throughout the application) to be used in a plurality of modes by using a main body device including a display, and attachable / detachable operation devices (Joy-Con) with the Switch operational with Joy-Con either attached or detached.

Whilst similar to another recent patent, this application makes reference to a 2011 patent (特開2011-108256) which aimed to reduce discomfort to users and depicted a Nintendo 3DS in switching between viewing the LCD screen in regular planar and in stereoscopic 3D displays. Please note this is just a brief summary of a 92 page PDF. Select images from both the new Nintendo Switch and prior Nintendo 3DS applications added below. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

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New Goemon Trademark

Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. have applied for a new trademark (商願2019-136806) in Japan for ゴエモン (Goemon) for a huge number of purposes including both “game program” and “game software”. The last Goemon game was “Goemon Toukai Douchuu” back in 2005 for Nintendo DS. Actual application added below. Thanks to J-PlatPat and Naruki.

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Nintendo Apply For Mario Kart Tour Patents

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for two new “Information processing” patents (特開2019-193741 and 特開2019-193742) in Japan, both related to Mario Kart Tour. 193741 aims to improve interest in handling a game item owned by a user (this patent is also an appendage to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe which is referenced at this external link) with the former game adopting up to three items at once, the ‘Fever’ mode, and so-forth.

193742 aims to enhance motivation for acquiring a price and a charging item available in a game (this patent aims to improve the Mario Kart 7 system which is referenced at this external link – please note that this link now redirects to the Mario Kart 7 website and not the ‘Karts’ page as intended), by the correlation between obtaining machine parts (karts and gliders) and from the in-game items (such as in the ‘Special Skills’ of the machine parts etc).


Please note these are just brief summaries of 54 page and 51 page PDFs, intended as a brief insight into the applications and thereby not necessarily indicative of the patents as a whole. Select images that are used in both applications added below. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

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Nintendo Apply For Reducing Power Consumption Patent

Nintendo Co., Ltd. have applied for a new “Information processing” patent (特開2019-186642) in Japan. The patent aims to provide a method for reducing power consumption when repeatedly receiving packets (collection of data) from other devices (Nintendo Switch is used as an example in the images) by wireless communication. The information processing unit includes a receiving unit, a storage unit, and a predetermined processing unit, which utilises the mode transition in the information processing unit, thus power consumption can be reduced. Please note this is just a brief summary of a 30 page PDF. Select images added below including a translation of the representative drawing. Thanks to J-PlatPat.

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