Nintendo Files New European Trademarks

What does Nintendo have planned for Virtual Boy and Polarium?

By Andy Hoover. Posted 10/21/2014 17:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

Copyright and trademark filings can often prove rather interesting; sometimes they offer a glimpse into a company’s future plans, and sometimes they prove to be red herrings as nothing ultimately comes from them. Considering that, it might be fun to see what Nintendo plans to do with Virtual Boy and Polarium with their recently filed trademarks in Europe.

The Virtual Boy should, of course, be recognizable to any long time Nintendo fan. The unpopular system was released and then discontinued within six months back in 1995, but had become the butt of many jokes and something of an oddity for collectors and aficionados. Interestingly enough, the system actually never saw a European release.

The later trademark, Polarium, is actual the title of a Nintendo-published puzzle game that was released on DS and GBA in 2005 and 2006 respectively. The games received fairly decent reviews but never really set the world on fire or garnered that much attention, though the games did find their way to Europe in addition to Japan and North America.

While these trademarks might very well give some incite into Nintendo’s future plans (Virtual Boy Virtual Console, maybe?) it is possible that Nintendo might be filing these trademarks just to shelter the brands for the time being, which is a fairly common practice when companies have otherwise unused words, titles, or properties they want to prevent others from exploiting.

Source: GoNintendo

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