Nintendo Renews Zelda, Metroid and Donkey Kong Brands

GBA SP & Zelda Minish Cap
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Nintendo has hit the ground running with another round of trademark renewals, which include several hit franchises. And Mach Rider. While this is probably business as usual for big N, these new games have a few things in common. So, like any sensitive human being, have fun and speculate!

Spotted by a user on Reddit, Nintendo has applied to renew four game trademarks:

Originally, these four games – the aforementioned Mach Rider, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Hat, Metroid: Zero Missionand Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Troubles! – looks like a somewhat random selection of Nintendo’s favorite movies. However, there is a big connection between these four: all of them are currently only available on the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console stores (unless you own the original hardware).

First thoughts, of course, turn to Nintendo Switch Online, which last year ushered in the Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64. Mach Rider and DCK3 won’t be an issue here, as the NES and SNES are already on service. But there was Game Boy game rumors been in the service for a while, so why didn’t its younger brother, The Advance, follow suit?

Really, it’s fun to speculate, so we want to emphasize – don’t take this as A SignTM. It can turn into something, in which case, cool! It would be great to be able to play these on modern hardware… but it could just be a business doing business-like things.

But, hey, at least someone at Nintendo remembers Mach Rider!

Have fun with us! What do you think these trademark extensions mean? And do you want to watch GBA games on the NSO service? Let us know!

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