Nintendo trademark update - Mario, Donkey Kong, Koopa, and more

Nintendo has applied to grab the standard character trademarks for the following...

- Super Mario Bros., (English word)
- Donkey Kong (English and Japanese)
- Yoshi (English and Japanese)
- Mario Kart (English and Japanese)
- Mario (English and Japanese)
- Koopa (English and Japanese)
- Super Nintendo World

These trademarks apply to nail art, cosmetics, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, ginseng, infant food, infant drink, decorative magnets, mobile phone straps, mobile phone earphones, electronic appliances and pairs, smartphone, sunglasses, 3D glasses, fans, furniture, blinds, cushions, pillows, mattresses, tapes, ribbons, headwear, clothing buckles, clothing badges, patches, arm bands, transportation), entertainment facilities, provide games through the Internet, provide music, sound, images, images, literature information online, exhibit materials related to games, exhibit art objects, photography, movies, entertainment, theater, music or education and training providing facilities, arranging seats for box offices, renting toys, lending equipment for amusement parks, lending equipment for amusements, fortune-telling and lending of clothes.

A second Koopa trademark application (again in both Japanese and English) has been submitted as well, this time for a clothing label and frozen fruit, curry, stew or soup, ochazuke, sprinkle and legume.

Donkey Kong Country gets the MSU1 audio treatment

Once again, for those who are unfamiliar with MSU1...

MSU1, also named "Media Streaming Unit revision 1", is a homemade enhancement chip made by byuu for the SNES. It allows the SNES to have 4 GB of storage space and CD quality Stereo Audio.

Thanks to Goncalo for the heads up!

The King of Games releasing "How high can you go?" Donkey Kong shirt

The King of Games is releasing another awesome shirt. This time around we're getting some more Mario/Donkey Kong/Pauline action. You can check out some more pics here.

Grant Kirkhope sings the DK Rap one more time

As you can see, a magical moment happened at the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle launch event at Nintendo NY. I wonder if Kirkhope has fun doing this, or if it's been the bane of his existence for years now! Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Nintendo shows they still have love for RARE with Hey! Pikmin reference

As the tweet above says, the best part is that item is called "Enduring Partnership". I wonder what RARE would be right now if they didn't get scooped up by Microsoft. They certainly aren't the same company anymore, and I don't know that we'll ever see them return to their former glory. At least we have our memories!

Billy Mitchell still hasn't seen The King of Kong, accuses documentary creators of manufacturing moments

Coming from a Kotaku interview with Billy Mitchell...

K: So, it’s been 10 years since The King of Kong. I’ve seen you say that you never watch anything you’re in. I’m just curious if you’ve still never watched The King of Kong.

BM: I have not watched King of Kong, I have not watched Chasing Ghosts. I mostly don’t watch anything that I’m in. I mostly don’t read anything [about myself] either. On a very regular basis, people that I know flip their lid because somebody says something negative. And they say I gotta see it. Click. Delete. Why do I have to see it? Why? I know it, I lived it, I was there, and without the creativity of Hollywood. It was far greater to live it and enjoy it.

When [King of Kong] first came out, I got some emails that were so vile, I wouldn’t read ‘em to anybody. As time went on, they’ve certainly come full circle and I get very little of that now. Most everything’s extremely positive.

I’ll tell you another thing. Not to make you feel special. I don’t do interviews. Sorry. I’m here with you now because, I don’t know, you called at the right time, and you were courteous, and I like Kotaku. They talk bad about me all the time. I get a lot of mileage out of them.

K: It sounds to me like what you’re saying is that while aspects of the movie may not be 100% literally what they appear to be, that the movie has an emotional truth to it.

BM: Correct. Do you really think that blond-haired, blue-eyed Steve Wiebe could play a bad guy? He’s a nice, mellow kinda guy, and that’s the way he is, and I think if you tried to ask him to do something that he doesn’t have in his personality, then it would have just looked foolish.

I’ve actually never, ever, ever, not once, ever had a negative encounter face to face. EV-ER. And I’ve had people say they’re gonna show up at a convention because they wanted to punch me. But then when they get there, after a little conversation, I guess they sort of catch themselves a little bit. I said to a guy, “Do you really think Charles Bronson makes a movie that they show in a theater, and when he’s all done he goes on the street and starts shooting people? Is that what you really think happens?” If you think about it, that’s the comparison.