Nintendo Renews Zelda, Metroid, And Donkey Kong Trademarks

Nintendo has embarked on another round of trademark updates, including some popular franchises. And Mah Ryder. While this is probably commonplace for the big N, these newly released games do have a few things in common. So, like all sane people, let’s have fun and reflect!

One Reddit user noticed that Nintendo has filed for renewal of four gaming trademarks:

Initially these four games are the already mentioned Mach Rider, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Metroid: Zero Mission and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble! — look like a slightly random selection of your favorite Nintendo games. However, there is one big connection between these four: they are all currently only available in the Wii U stores and the 3DS Virtual Console (if you don’t have the original hardware).

First thoughts, of course, turn to Nintendo Switch Online,

Which opened for the Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 last year. Mach Rider and DCK3 won’t be a problem here, since the NES and SNES are already available. But there have been rumors for some time now that Game Boy games will be coming to the service, so why not follow their little brother, Advance? In fact, these are just funny assumptions, so we want to emphasize – do not take this as MarkTM. It can turn into something, and in this case, great! It would be great to be able to play them on modern hardware…but it’s more likely just a business doing business things.

But at least someone at Nintendo remembers Mach Rider!

Have fun with us! What do you think these trademark updates mean? Would you like to see GBA games on NSO? Let us know!

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