UPDATED: New Nintendo Patents – Best Explanation Online Right Here

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UPDATED: New Nintendo Patents – Best Explanation Online Right Here
As you may be aware, two Nintendo patents filed recently have illuminated the Internet rumour mill, with the Kyoto games giant filing V-Pocket and PCGP.

UPDATE:

SPOnG learned from official Nintendo sources yesterday that the V-Pocket trademark concerns Nintendo’s licensing of the Palm OS based PDA software.

Nintendo will soon unveil a complete suit of personal organiser tools for its Nintendo DS platform, expected to be shown before E3. Nintendo believes that the functionality of the DS, combined with high-end PDA software, will give it an edge over Sony’s PSP, which is, and will remain a media-driven value-added console.

It’s worth noting that the logo offered for V-Pocket reflects the aesthetic employed in Nintendo’s DS branding.

The second is the rather interesting PCGP, rumoured by many to be some sort of wireless augmentation for the DS. However, SPOnG has learned that it is a joint-filing with the Pokemon-famed Game Freak Company.

So we could be looking at Pokemon Coliseum Grand Prix, or Pokemon Goa…Something Something. You get the idea.

We are expecting a full update on this direct from Japan soon, so stay tuned.
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Comments

schnide 11 Feb 2005 15:34
1/7
Maybe it's Pokemon: Cash Grabbing Product!

Or Purchase Complacent Gaming Property!

(Only for Nintendo Gamecube)
Ditto 11 Feb 2005 15:39
2/7
And there was me thinking the logo was one of the worst things about the DS.

Pretty Complete Gaming Process
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fluffstardx 11 Feb 2005 19:53
3/7
V-Pocket sounds amazingly similar to e-wallet, that system that allows you to pay for stuff through one account that holds all your card details...
Ditto 13 Feb 2005 11:44
4/7
Well, I wasn't going to get a DS. I've changed my mind. I'm getting one as soon as it's released in Europe.

The amount of quality software for the DS seems ever-increasing and now with the media player and PDA add-ons, things that I was thinking of buying anyway, the DS is now a must-puchase.

I'm now actually beginning to change my mind about the PSP winning the handheld wars.
kid_77 14 Feb 2005 09:50
5/7
Adam M wrote:
I'm now actually beginning to change my mind about the PSP winning the handheld wars.


It's going to be interesting. The PSP is so alluring - even without games running on it, much more so than the DS.

But games-wise, the DS seems to be offering alternatives to the current 32-bit home gaming systems, whereas with the PSP it's more of the same. However, the big question is whether the public actually want quirky innovative products, or yet another GTA/ Gran Turismo etc.

PS

After listening to all the hype regarding the PSP's overall beauty - not least the screen - I couldn't help feel it was all a bit OTT. However, after receiving my PSP this morning, my first controlled, considered reaction was: "F*ck me!! The screen! It's MASSIVE!". Followed shortly by me pawing it and muttering: "My precious". Ahem.
fluffstardx 14 Feb 2005 10:32
6/7
The question is: does yours actually work? How's your Square button and UMD drive? I'm interested because even though i've seen the damning video footage i want to know if they're real concerns and not just anti-corp crap...
kid_77 14 Feb 2005 10:40
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fluffstardx wrote:
The question is: does yours actually work? How's your Square button and UMD drive? I'm interested because even though i've seen the damning video footage i want to know if they're real concerns and not just anti-corp crap...


The square button definitely feels different to the other three; it has less of an affirmative "bite". But it's fine.

No dead pixels.

UMD drive is lovely and flush, no kinks or anything. Honestly, the build quality seems very good, but only prolonged use will provide that answer I guess.
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