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Nintendo must use the Eternal Darkness trademark or lose it

Eternal Darkness Wii U

Nintendo’s strength has always been developing family friendly games, and they recently admitted that the marketing focus for the 2013 festive period was children and their parents. This focus on a family audience may need to take a backseat for at least one project if Nintendo don’t wish to lose the trademark of one of their most popular GameCube era franchises.

Eternal Darkness was developed by former Nintendo second party developer Silicon Knights, and released on the GameCube after starting life as a Nintendo 64 title. Fans have long wanted there to be a follow up, but the prospect of this happening seemed unlikely after Nintendo and Silicon Knights parted ways after the release of Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.

Hopes were raised that a spiritual successor to the game titled Shadow Of The Eternals would come out after several of the original games developers tried to raise money for the project though crowd funding. The high target weren’t met and that project appears to be dead in the water.

A document from The United States Patent and Trademark Office has emerged which reveals that Nintendo have been given six months in which to file a statement of use of the Eternal Darkness trademark or risk losing it. They may file for extensions a total of five times, giving them a total of thirty six months to use the Eternal Darkness trademark or they will forfeit it.

With so few Wii U exclusives being targeted towards a mature audience a sequel would certainly be welcomed by many gamers. It is perhaps more likely that Nintendo may choose to release the game either as a HD remake or Virtual Console title as after ten plus years since the original game many of today’s gamers would need to be introduced to the series before buying a sequel.





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  • Ace

    I would be really happy if they did an HD remake of the release on GC! Please do it Nintendo…PLEASE.

    • Scott Duperree

      I agree, HD Remake would be pretty cool

      • Ace

        I never played it because I never had the GC, but everyone I know that had it said that game was really good. I have been hoping for a chance to play that game without having to borrow the GC or buy one…HD remake would be perfect!

        • Scott Duperree

          Exactly, me too. Never played it, would rather play the remake than just jump into a sequel. Though I suppose a sequel alongside releasing the original on the VC would suffice.

  • Josh111111

    Let’s be realistic. Nintendo isn’t going to do anything…. :(

    Please understand

    • Sonic the Hedgehog

      Well, they have to!

    • Emufred

      That’s pessimism bro. If they weren’t going to do anything with it, they would have dropped the trademark.

    • Christopher Acuna

      They probably wont but I can dream can’t I.

  • Maxid765


    I got a wii u for christmas and I need some friends to MOP once Mario Kart 8 and smash comes out:

    My NNID: MaxidSeventy65

  • JB

    HD remake and sequel announced at E3! (one can dream, right? Lol)

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      That would catch my attention at E3. Seeing as I played the first one before and certainly enjoyed it.

      • Yousif Alromaithi

        If they made a sequel would you buy a Wii U just for Eternal Darkness and also about Retro Studios if they did the next installment. This would put them on par with Naughty Dog as one of the best developers of games of all time.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Nintendo should really use the trademark already. It wouldn’t hurt them to develop a sequel to this. Hand it over to Retro Studios and be done with it. Plus, I’m sure enough fans will bite at this.

  • Satoru Iwata

    Please understand, that Nintendo is working on an HD remake that will surely get our fans hyped up to such a brilliant classic. We also have a big surprise at this years E3 that will satisfy those “mature” gamers. Please be patient.

    Thank you for always supporting Nintendo.

    • V

      Lol, what would you know about it

    • Guest

      You are fake Satoru!!! You are kid who want playing act as him. Lmfao. Every famous people will never make username with their names. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha You so funny and this is why I thumb u up. ;P

  • Nintenjoe82

    Why are Reggie and Satoru coming up with different excuses for this game not being on Wii U yet? This is exactly why the Wii U message has confused consumers into buying PS4.

    I would lap up an HD Remake but much prefer a sequel. I don’t want my Wii U collection to be the same games as my gamecube collection.

  • Rick Valenta

    USE IT!!! This is one of my favorite GameCube games and I replay it every few years and probably always will. An amazing title that deserves a current-gen follow up.

    • Nintenjoe82

      Each year I start a new playthrough, complete it once, start the next ‘god/ancient’, take a break and find it hard to get back into so I have to start from scratch but the whole concept never feels tired. Even the clunky combat (by today’s standards) feels refreshing compared to the 2 button approach of 90% of modern games.

      • Rick Valenta

        When you are descending the steps down into the city of the dead its just breathtaking. So many beautiful/cool moments in that game. I highly recommend picking up a copy to anyone with a cube or a backwards compatible Wii.

        • Nintenjoe82

          I remember being secretly a little bit scared by how epic the last section of the game was. Words can’t really describe how good this game was. People bang on about the narrative of modern games being a huge step up from previous gens but this game is still one of the best stories in any game I’ve played.

          • Rick Valenta

            Wholeheartedly agree. It’s a very philosophical, deep game. The whole bit in the temple about the “dawn, noon, and dusk” of mankind. It’s almost eerie at times, and has given me the shivers when playing like no other game since OOT. It has stood the test of time, and if you play it with the Component Cable in 480p it looks fantastic to this day..

  • Javy G

    But six months is not enough time to develop a Wii U game maybe a port into HD but thats it.

    • Alex Kelecich

      They could probably just announce it and it would count.

    • Wighead

      They don’t need to use the IP, they just need to file for an extension. So I think they would be crazy not to do it even if they don’t plan to use it right away…

  • Will.F. Martinez

    Hd remake, virtual console release, or sequel. Don’t matter what it is I’ll get anything I can get

  • Nintendoro

    I’m surprised Nintendo hasn’t invested into this game. That would be one of my most wanted games on new gen systems.

    • Reason

      It will not. I’t not mainstream game most people don’t know wtf is it. But it will be right move for hardcore gamers and game press. and sequel will cost a lot too

  • Adam Howell

    The original flopped, ZombiU flopped. Survival horror games, with a few exceptions, rarely seem to do well. Some of the biggist cult classics in videogaming history like System shock 2 were survival horrors.

    I think Nintendo should supply a wide range of games, including survival horror games, but they’d rather spend money and resources on games which could potentially get a large audience… like a pokemon spinoff.

    • Nintenjoe82

      I sometimes think they try to make certain games fail so they don’t get asked to make them again. I know they don’t want to make games that fail to sell but, like you say, they’d rather put more resources into hyping the next Mario, Pokemon or Wii series game.

    • Reason

      That’s simply not true.

      • Adam Howell

        What’s not true? Be specific.

  • MujuraNoKamen

    Hurry up and do it Nintendo! ED is a true horror game and is realy unique and so should stand out in today’s market (it’s not getting much competition form RE6)
    Not only would this bring back an overlooked Nintendo franchise but it would add great variety to a predominantly family-friendly library and would please all the mature gamers. Please, if EAD doesn’t want to do it then give it to Retro. Nintendo has enough talented teams out there to make this dream (or should I say sanity effect) a reality.

  • TaintedXGamer

    ED : HD Edition ASAP, Nintendo! While you Still can! You can’t Lose this IP!

  • ConCity Soldier

    They have 36 months.

  • David Trail

    Please use it Nintendo!

  • Blazenwing

    Nintendo should buy Shadow Of The Eternals from the guys who were trying to make it, re-brand it as an Eternal Darkness game (which by all intents, it seems it basically was, anyway, minus the name) and release it as a Wii U exclusive retail title.

    • Adam Howell

      Well it was rumoured that silicon knights was working on a sequel for wii u before they lost that court case and went bust. Then, as I understand it, former silicon knights employees tried to crowd source for the spiritual successor.

      If true Nintendo tried to do something with the series but it fell apart. Did they then hand it over to someone else to work with? IDK. But it would seem to make sense that they hand it over to this new company of old SK employees.

  • Psytrix

    Why make adult games when you can focus on baby ones? Nintendo forgets, it’s the adults who actually have money..

    • ETeach

      and while those adults are spending their money on bills, they’re buying their kids the games to play.

  • lonewolf

    Nintendo aim is not towards kids and family but towards making games for all people so games for wide audience actually for all audiences i have played games from nintendo that were “kiddy“ but extra hard no kid can finish them and i have played a lot of “mature“ gamesfrom nintendo so they were never focusing on one audience but to all audiences kidsand older people.

    • Cahone

      na, they make games strictly for 5-12 year olds. The fact that you play games for 5-12 year old doesn’t mean it’s made for all audiences.

  • Flawless Victory

    Use it.

  • Cahone

    No kiddos no mommos no doey

  • Graeme Lynch

    Nintendo should have long ago decided what to do with this gem. Eternal Darkness was the pinnacle of GameCube exclusive!

  • Kamehameha909

    I hope they make a new one

  • Lee

    If they remake Eternal Darkness I will buy it day one, no questions asked!

    • manowaffles

      I’d rather have a sequel, but I’ve always enjoyed Eternal Darkness. One of the highlights of the Gamecube, and one that deserves to be revisited.

  • devmiles

    another golden title that drowned with no more focus or attention…darn shame

  • devmiles

    back in the NES or SNES era dark and hardcore-ish games were very common also because there were so many more developers making games for nintendo. now mostly comes from nintendo itself but the indie scene is increasing with some good output. but looking at nintendo everything has to be super sweet, cute and also fairly easy.. games are not so hardcore as they used to

  • starwars360

    We all knew Nintendo had planning to bring GameCube games onto Wii U this year.

    I hope Nintendo still keep Eternal Darkness. :)

  • C.S. Bailey

    If Nintendo doesn’t do anything in 6 months, they better hope I don’t win the lottery by then. Maybe the Shadow Of The Eternals developers can get it and have a better chance at making a new game.

  • Blue Hernandez

    Nintendo you need this.

  • Illmatic1234

    Correct me if i’m wrong, but they could just use one of the characters in Smash Bros and have a ED-inspired stage and branding to keep the trade mark?

  • Shota

    i hope so

  • Virus6

    I find it immature that people make these fake accounts. What purpose does it serve other than merely annoy people?

  • Satoru Iwata

    Next Nintendo Direct will also be the reveal of Pokemon U. Nintendo fans have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming weeks. Thank you for your patience.

  • Nintendoro

    Are you still smoking that s**t? You’re not f**ing Reggie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nintenjoe82

    Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is the only game in the series that I know of but it is probably my joint favourite game of all time with RE4. It’s a horror game that plays a bit more like the older RE games but the main draw is the sanity effects. Your character has a health, sanity and magic meter and if your sanity gets too low you experience insanity.

    edit: I meant characters. The game revolves around many misfortunate individuals who are caught up in a huge supernatural conspiracy

  • Rinslowe

    Haven’t played it in a while. But back in the day it was all class. Definitely worth checking out….

  • Archiq09

    If you like Call of Cthulhu style you wil like eternal darkness

  • MujuraNoKamen

    There’s sadly only 1 ED game (for now) and it’s really good! I don’t play a massive amount of horror games but ED is a lot like an old Resi game (actually tense and atmospheric unlike RE6). It plays a lot like Resi but with a lot more puzzle-solving as you go through the locations playing as several different characters throughout different periods history all connected to the main protagonist by a supernatural conspiracy. The game is also famed for trolling the character and even player with sanity effects – sometimes walls in the game will drip blood or books will fly of the shelves but sometimes a fake menu will come up on screen telling you your data has been deleted or even flies crawling over the TV screen.
    You should try it, it’s apparently quite rare so I don’t know how much it’ll cost but I don’t think it’s quite Earthbound rare

  • Troll Police

    How dare you be rude to the Reggienator?? don’t be a troll.

  • JB

    It’s a gimmick account. Every forum I’ve been to has a few. It’s just that person’s way of stating their opinion while attempting to be entertaining. It probably bothers less people than you think looking at the upvote/downvote ratio. Just relax man and play along. Or ignore it. It’s not going away. Lol

  • Wighead

    And lots of people finds playing videogame immature…

  • Michael Ocampo

    idk if it’s to annoy people but to make everyone laugh XD

  • Satoru Iwata

    Well noted, Regginator. It is underway. Please understand

  • WolfgangAmadeusMozart

    Wo haben Sie gelernt japanisch zu sprechen?

  • Satoru Iwata

    Please understand, Regginator, we are not showing the game, but rather revealing some information regarding it. Indeed, it will show up at the E3. You will be showing it off as your body is certainly ready.

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    The games was my third favorite game on game cube. RE4 was no1.

  • Stephen Macneil

    Yeah it was quite a surprise when it came out. The game had sanity effects which really messed with your head. The original creators tried to kickstart a “spiritual successor” but it failed to meet its goal. Hopefully nintendo picks up the reigns and gets this made but whe it was a critical hit, it was never hugely profitable. I really think Njntendo needs a line of hardcore games. They’re fully capable of delivering great experiences for a more adult audience. They could maybe do what DC comics did with their vertigo line of adult comics.

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    Melee was second to me and was my most played game ever I played that for 5 years. I still have my copy both American and European “germany”. I loved the game so much but Brawl was better but I had more fun on Melee.

  • V

    Are you kidding me? “Please understand Regginator” Quit your corporate roleplaying and move on with your life.

  • JB

    Well, that’s unfortunate for poor ol’ “Reggie” LMAO

  • nin-10-doughfan

    one of the best games!( still have the disc with me!)

  • DarkYoshi

    Ah gimme a break, let people have some fun. If you’re going to spend time judging others then I suppose I can tell YOU to move on.

  • TheBrainJemin

    V, don’t you have some British Parliament buildings to blow up or somthing?

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    So what if he’s impersonating or role playing? Very few people are complaining about it. Perhaps you should move on with your life and stop worrying about what others do with their time? He is kidding you. It’s called having fun. It’s obvious he isn’t being serious about it, that’s the point of it.

  • Dimitri Theodosakis

    I Missed out to play Game, i hope Nintendo Rerelease this Wii U Classic or HD Remaster.

  • darkcreap

    “but sometimes a fake menu will come up on screen telling you your data has been deleted”
    That’s mean, I tell you 😀

  • WolfgangAmadeusMozart

    You, sir, are my hero !

  • Reason

    ED is not really gory. But that point doesn’t make sense anyway.

  • Adam Howell

    A stylish survival horror would be an ok fit for Nintendo. As long as it’s not gratuitous gore. I’ve said it before, but I don’t see why they don’t release a hd version of Fatal frame 4. It’s never seen a western release and like Eternal darkness it’s a survival horror they helped create. Could also be made to use the gamepad well.

  • Cahone

    Nintendo doesn’t need a platform.

  • Mercurio2054

    The game have some effects like up the tv volume, change channel and others things that i don’t remember.

    now they can do the same in real life with the IR from the controlpad, imagine that!.

  • Nintenjoe82

    They could integrate TVii and pretend to delete your DVR recordings! The gamepad is a great fit. It would be good just to cast magic and to have as a real representation of ‘The Tome’

    I thought maybe they could use the camera and get a short video of your face during a certain section and then play it back to you later on either on a painting or tv screen in the game. The moment you realised that it was’t just the live feed from the camera would probably freak me out just like the old fake error messages.

  • Mercurio2054

    those’re really good ideas

  • Troll Police

    Vielen Dank, Sir!

  • V

    I’m one step ahead of you!