Nintendo refiled the trademark for the classic Eternal Darkness franchise on December 20 last year, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The closeness of this event to the Nintendo Switch presentation on January 12 has sparked speculation as to whether Nintendo plans to breathe new life into the old IP.
From the original game’s release in 2002, Nintendo held the right to file for a new trademark until 2008, but failed to do in the that time period. In 2010, however, the company filed for 3 separate applications attempting to reclaim the IP via pre-emptive Intent to Use trademark applications. Under this particular form of application, the applicant has the option to extend up to 5 times in 6-month intervals.
Due to the fact that Nintendo’s latest extension breached the 6-month period the trademark would have been considered abandoned. With this latest application however Nintendo has brought the possibility of using the trademark back into the picture. Speculation still exists as to whether Nintendo intends to make a virtual console port of the original GameCube title.
Fans of the original have also been patiently waiting on its spiritual successor, Shadow of the Eternals. The title was expected to be released on Wii U, however, the game has been caught in limbo as a result of multiple failed Kickstarter attempts.
Amid rising doubt as to whether the project would continue, Shadow of the Eternals developers Precursor Games stated, “Is the project dead? No, but we feel it needs a rest too. We have all agreed as a group that when and if the time is right we will get together and start it up again.”
Regardless of what Nintendo ultimately does with the refiled trademark, fans of the acclaimed classic now have a glimmer of hope again for the IP they have so patiently waited on.
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