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Nintendo Trademarks Prompt Speculation

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the what-are-they-up-to? dept.

GameCube (Games) 25

An article being run by discusses a pair of recent Nintendo Trademarks. These trademarks would seem to indicate new product lines for the Big N, but exactly what the products would be remains up in the air. From the article: "On 7th December 2004, Nintendo registered 'Nintendo V-Pocket' by itself, while Nintendo and Pokémon series developer Game Freak jointly registered "PCGP" on the same day, according to reports."

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the obligatory fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11653145)


Re:the obligatory fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11653202)

AWESOME-O 4000 says:


Boy did I misread that! (3, Funny)

moldar (536869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11653222)

Am I the only one that thought the title meant that Nintendo's new trademark was "Prompt Speculation?"

I was trying to figure out what kind of game that would be!

Re:Boy did I misread that! (3, Funny)

numbski (515011) | more than 9 years ago | (#11653248)

I did too, except that would have been more like "Apple patents prompt speculation.", then suing the pants off of news sites every time someone speculates what they are up to too quickly.

Re:Boy did I misread that! (3, Interesting)

MyDixieWrecked (548719) | more than 9 years ago | (#11653288)

yeah, me too. I think I missed FP because of my extended pondering...

It would be an interesting thing if this V-Pocket was a pocket video-player. Something to compete against the iPod/PSP/etc stuffs.

Maybe it's a VoIP appliance for the DS?

Re:Boy did I misread that! (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 9 years ago | (#11653327)

Many believe that V-Pocket is a name for the Play-Yan, an SD-card based mediaplayer for the GBA. So, yes, it's very likely a video/music player.

Re:Boy did I misread that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11653514)

I think I missed FP because of my extended pondering...

A ha! So the Soviet Russia troll [] for this story is you!

Re:Boy did I misread that! (1, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 9 years ago | (#11653312)

It would be a super happy joy time game of being a strong honorable businessman investing in the super-fast Tokyo stock market.

Re:Boy did I misread that! (1)

Herbmaster (1486) | more than 9 years ago | (#11654230)

I'll do you one worse. I read "Prompt Speculation" as "Prompt Selection" and "trademarks" got brain-garbled into "patents", seeing as this is slashdot. I figured Nintendo had pattented the ability to select things at a prompt, and I thought of the 1 player / 2 player selection prompt from the original Super Mario Bros. Hm, I wonder if there's prior art.

In Soviet Russia (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11653241)

Nintendo trademarks you!

Re:In Soviet Russia (-1, Redundant)

TollBooth (80094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11653389)

Was that joke ever funny?

Title (0, Redundant)

Jebediah21 (145272) | more than 9 years ago | (#11653399)

The title actually made me initially think that Nintendo had trademarked the concept of prompt speculation :P

V = 5 (2, Interesting)

ravyne (858869) | more than 9 years ago | (#11654203)

Further speculation for the fan-boys: V- Roman numeral 5 1- Gameboy/Gameboy Pocket 2- Gameboy Color 3- Gameboy Advance 4- Nintendo DS 5- 5th gen Nintendo handheld w/ video capabilities. or... the alternate theory where Gameboy pocket is slot #2 and the DS falls into another catagory since Nintendo says its not a successor to the Gameboy line. Anyhow, Dance my fanboy monkeys! DANCE!

Re:V = 5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11654610)

Uhhh, no.

Re:V = 5 (1)

laard (35526) | more than 9 years ago | (#11656938)

If you're gonna count the gameboy, gameboy pocket, and gameboy color as separate generations, shouldn't you put gameboy advance SP between gameboy advance and Nintendo DS?

Re:V = 5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11662329)

Nope. GB and GBP are of the same software generation, same as GBA and SP. The author seemingly accounted for this.

But that doesn't mean he's right. The V-pocket almost surely has nothing to do with the number 5.

Re:V = 5 (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 9 years ago | (#11662304)

True Nintendo fanboys would point out you missed the Virtual Boy.

Intense speculation (2, Interesting)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 9 years ago | (#11654446)

Of course, the big N must have something up thier sleeve, they are acting fact on the threat of the PSP, which is using exactly the same 'later to market' tactics as the playstation.. everyone waited for the newer device, which caught the inside hub of innovation.

The PSP will be very nice. I am not a gamer per se, but I will so be pwning one of these devices with some seriously sexy home brew apps.

Unrelated, I admit, but check out the funniest engadget comment [] (The last one, long), I read it just now, and I think it is good to see 'weblogs inc' which really is pushing down signal/noise IMHO, getting some of thier own trolling.

Sometimes Americans are idiots. (0, Troll)

dsp1200 (858833) | more than 9 years ago | (#11655676)

Does anybody see why People trademark things in the first place? Like maybe so you american-idiots can't steal our secrets. GO TO HELL AMERICAN JOURNALISTS, a concerned japanese citizen.

Hey GUYS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11655692)

Can you play Mario on the PSP yet? Shigeru Miyamono. NICE TRY:-)

Re:Hey GUYS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11657589)

actually, his name is "Shigeru Miyamoto".

Nintendo abusing the hype machine (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 9 years ago | (#11655938)

Sony has made it a business practice to release details and specs about upcoming projects that have barely reached the drawing board.

Nintendo sits back and says nothing.

Sooner or later even IGN gets tired of hyping the latest theoretical specs for the PSP or the PS3, and they get bored, because they have nothing new to hype.

Nintendo still says nothing (except maybe a codename... if you're lucky), but throws a couple of meaningless legal filings into the hype vacuum. There are no promises to break or face to lose. Yet everyone starts talking about them, fueled by an over-eager media trying to get hits and ad revenue.

Is the PR game really this easy to play?

Re:Nintendo abusing the hype machine (3, Insightful)

Ian_Bailey (469273) | more than 9 years ago | (#11656808)

Well, Nintendo doesn't even throw this into the hype vaccuum. They are patenting ideas they have for names in advance of releasing them, so they can protect these names when the product is actually released.

I don't know if you've heard these "trademark filing" stories before, but they are frequently junk names either discarded at the last minute or purposely filed to surpise competitors/the media.

The fact that people are continously checking these trademark filing for "Nintendo" or "Sony" probably says more about the gaming media (and masses) more than the companies.

PCGP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11666718)

The recent Pokemon game for the Gamecube was titled Pokemon there significance to that?

More likely... (1)

Demon-Xanth (100910) | more than 9 years ago | (#11666823)

"Pokemon Championship Grand Prix".

Think a Mario Kart raking in the cash that Pokemon fans are spitting out.
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