Nintendo registers new trademark for downloadable Eternal Darkness

Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Eternal Darkness, the classic Gamecube horror game.

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Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Eternal Darkness, the classic GameCube horror game. Filed on July 23, the updated trademark covers downloadable games.

Siliconera posits that Nintendo is likely "covering their bases just in case they want to release a Virtual Console version for Wii U." However, as of last year, there were no plans to add GameCube games to Nintendo's download platform.

Nintendo's filing comes amidst an attempt by Precursor Games to make a "spiritual successor" to the game. Shadow of the Eternals recently relaunched their Kickstarter campaign, curiously asking for only $750k versus the original $1.5 million the studio was originally looking for.

It's unlikely that Nintendo has any role in supporting Precursor, given that the game is aiming to launch on PC and PS4 (as a stretch goal). Instead, this seems the more likely scenario: a lawyer at Nintendo read about this game and remembered "hey, we should probably re-register this mark."

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    July 29, 2013 9:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Nintendo registers new trademark for downloadable Eternal Darkness.

    Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Eternal Darkness, the classic Gamecube horror game.

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      July 29, 2013 10:17 AM

      Ohh neat.

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      July 29, 2013 12:44 PM

      It doesn't seem likely that Nintendo has "no plans" to bring Gamecube games to virtual console. Mario Sunshine, Metroid Prime, and even Luigi's Mansion could bring some serious cash.

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        July 29, 2013 12:51 PM

        I assumed Nintendo planned to move GameCube games to the eshop the moment I heard that the Wii U wouldn't support GC games.

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          July 29, 2013 1:29 PM

          yeah that would be my guess... especially if they update some of the games to support proper widescreen resolutions.

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        July 29, 2013 1:56 PM

        Yeah, too bad those are the only three games you would see on the service.

        I'm a Nintendo lifer, but goddamn, seriously. They've got one of the most well loved back catalogs in all of gaming but they don't really take advantage of that strength.

        Massive library for all systems that extends a cheap and legal way to buy old classic games? NOPE.
        Central account system so you don't have to worry about losing access to all of your previously purchased digital content? NOPE.

        Especially at a time when they have a smaller software library on the Wii U (and the system is hurting in general at retail) they could REALLY use the extra padding of a properly realized Virtual Console to flesh it out. I know there are all the rights issues and such, but goddamn.