Nintendo of America has filed a fifth request to extend the time for the Eternal Darkness trademark in the United States – which was granted on 8 November 2019.
The first time the company requested a time extension was on 3 November 2017, which the trademark office granted. Since then, Nintendo has been requesting to extend the trademark for purposes including ‘video game software’ every six months – with the third request taking place in October last year.
As noted previously, re-applying for trademarks like this doesn’t mean Nintendo has plans to make a new Eternal Darkness game. Rather, Nintendo might be doing so to protect the brand from other companies.
Still, it’s interesting to see the company clinging so tightly to this obscure IP. We’ll report back when we hear more in the future.
(Thanks to Rösti of Resetera for digging this up.)