Nintendo files new Eternal Darkness trademark

Reregistration of company's trademark covers "downloadable electronic game software"; no comment from Nintendo.

Nintendo has reregistered its Eternal Darkness trademark, with the new document covering downloadable games, something the 2010 trademark did not.

Siliconera spotted the United States Patent & Trademark Office filing, which covers "downloadable electronic game programs; downloadable electronic game software."

Nintendo's intentions for the new Eternal Darkness trademark are not known. The company declined to comment when approached by GameSpot.

"We have no comment regarding this trademark matter," a Nintendo representative said.

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem developer Silicon Knights has disbanded. Former president Denis Dyack is currently leading Precursor Games, a Canadian outfit working on spiritual successor Shadow of the Eternals.

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Bowser05
Bowser05

Wait, does this mean that we will finally actually get Gamecube games on the VC as promised long ago? And Eternal Darkness to kick start this event with? I don't think I could say no to this...

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Enternal darkness 2 would give me more reason for the wii u as well as bayonetta 2 sonic the lost world and mario kart 8 and of course if sega were to have the yakuza 1+2 hd localized for wii u then that would be another reason for my purchase

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

Just make ED2 and it boosts your sales.>:( Seriously nintendo, give me reason to buy Wii U for more than 2 games :(

auntbessie
auntbessie

Eternal Darkness was proper weird, not sure I can be arsed with a modern polished version eventhough the kids WiiU's pretty much just collecting dust at the moment

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

The statement about Denis Dyack leading Precursor Games can be a bit misleading, he is Chief Creative Officer, he doesn't run the company.

In saying that though, an HD remake of ED might almost make me buy a WiiU.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

Narokath Redgormor Mantorok. Kind of disappointing once you figured out what this spell did. Took all the challenge away.

BradBurns
BradBurns

lol Nintendo, you're the worst. 


After the game's creators had to sell their bodies for money and went through hell, you show a little interest. C'mon.


Can't you just offer to publish the sequel? I mean, it's not like the Wii U is the hottest thing right now, it could use the loving.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Nice screenshot of the guy who you have to file the trademark paperwork with :P

ziqi92
ziqi92

i certainly hope some upgraded version can come to the wii u. can you imagine what kind of insanity effects can take place with the wii u touchpad? there's a lot of room for creative mindfuck here.

Atalalama
Atalalama

Downloadabole episodic new entry into the E.D. mythos?


Not sure how I feels...

Ovirew
Ovirew

A new ED would be a good move by Nintendo, but I wonder who would develop it and if it would be any good.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

It seems like there's a lot of chatter about ED lately - whether it be aimed at its spiritual successor, Shadow of the Eternals, this, or the regular rumor mill. Hopefully it means something.

vader501st
vader501st

A 3DS version of ED would be the best decision Nintendo made in years.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

A shame if it's only on a N system. I'd love to play an ED sequel, but am not willing to lay down for an N system to play it.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Eternal Darkness digital release to build hype for Shadow of the Eternals incoming.

rpvarela
rpvarela

I'd bet on a virtual console port to the Wii U.

sonic6748
sonic6748

I'd like to see an HD version of this too, Eternal Darkness is the only game I know of that really screwed with the players head the way it did.  The insanity effects on it was what really made me a fan! :)

Daian
Daian

Well somebody is preparing for a lawsuit against the guys making Shadow of the Eternals.

keech
keech

Considering how blatantly Precursor has been riding Eternal Darkness fandom for Shadow of the Eternals, going as far as having the ED banner on their site and having a forum section dedicated to ED, I wouldn't be surprised if this is Nintendo preparing for a cease and desist lawsuit.  Nintendo has always been hyper protective of their franchises after all.

Gen007
Gen007

clearly a gut reaction to shadow of the eternal being made. Weather that's a good thing or not is yet to be seen. Maybe they will work on their own project? or maybe they will try to bring precursor into the fold? or they could just be squatting on the name for what should obvious reasons. Claiming / renewing trade marks does not always signal the intention to do something. It does secure the possibility though.

kyacat
kyacat

Would love to see Eternal Darkness remade with HD graphics

Lycanoire
Lycanoire

Here's a, possible, chance for Nintendo to creep out of the hole they've dug themselves into. 

HiroArka
HiroArka

This could be Eternal Darkness HD ( Please No ) or a Gamecube Virtual Console Release.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@BradBurns Well SK kind of had a rough run with games before burning out... I can't say I would blame any publisher for being weary of funding a project.

ziqi92
ziqi92

@Strider8009 right, cuz pikmin, smash bros, and animal crossing existed back in the snes days...

NettoSaito
NettoSaito

@Strider8009 Cubavore was a Nintendo IP that they published through another company due to its strange nature. Also Pikmin, and Animal Crossing.

LArcEnCieIX
LArcEnCieIX

@Strider8009 It was made by Silicon Knights.  Nintendo just published it.  You should keep listening to the trolls.

hateyourface
hateyourface

@Bellum_Sacrum Why would Nintendo want to build hype for a game that isn't theirs? More likely they want to get a digital release out to capitalize on the newly risen hype that Shadow of the Eternals is creating at the moment. Big difference.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@keech It is to my understanding so far that Nintendo has actually been helpful to Precursor in some ways...

Gen007
Gen007

@keech I dont see how they would have grounds to do that. precursor isn't making an eternal darkness sequel but a different game with more importantly a different name.  Also they haven't claimed to own eternal darkness and once again more importantly they aren't making money off eternal darkness but a whole new game. It's not a crime to say hey we worked on this in the past  and now we are doing this and of course they are gonna ride that hard. It's like their  resume. It may be a new studio but they want people to know these are not rookies working on this game.

bored_gamer
bored_gamer

@HiroArka I don't know whether it should be an HD remake or a release on the Virtual Console

uncle5555
uncle5555

@Strider8009 How's he trolling, because he's freakin' dead on right.  I hope Shadows of the Eternals does succeed, also Nintendo could have had a much lauded and wanted sequel exclusive to Wii U, did they bite? Nope, their loss. 

keech
keech

@ArabrockermanX @keech Nintendo has thus far done nothing and said nothing regarding Precursor of Shadow of the Eternals.  Everything thus far has been Dyack proclaiming Nintendo has been "very supportive".  

In Dyack's mind, I'm sure "very supportive" equates to "they haven't sued us for copyright or trademark violations."

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

@Gen007 @keech The level in the Shadow of the Eternals demo was an exact copy from Eternal Darkness just with much better visuals. Not only that, but the book that the two women are gazing into looks suspiciously like the Tome of Eternal Darkness. Nintendo may have a case if they choose to pursue it.

TrueGB
TrueGB

@Gen007 @keech They could have all the ED banners and stuff removed from their site but that's about it.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@Strider8009 @jasten @LArcEnCieIX Minus that last part, actually, yes. There's a new Sly Cooper game and an upcoming Ratchet & Clank, both done by different studios that weren't the original creators. Sony does, in fact, own the IP for both.

jasten
jasten

@Strider8009 @LArcEnCieIX Just the name, the original team is gone thus most likely the game will only be Eternal Darkness in name only now.  So still not trolling. 

keech
keech

@TrueGB @Gen007 @keech Right, Nintendo can't stop Precursor from making this game.  They can however stop them from using ED as a marketing tool for it.  I highly doubt Nintendo wants an IP they own to be associated with a game they have nothing to do with.