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Aielyn said:
SJReiter said:
I don't get it. Why wouldn't Nintendo already own the trademark to the name Diddy Kong? He's their IP.

 

You're confusing concepts.

A trademark is a name or logo, not a character. They didn't trademark the character, Diddy Kong. They trademarked the name, "Diddy Kong". This is usually done when a game or other product using that name is going to be released.

That being said, they've had Diddy Kong trademarked in Europe since 1995, just as in the US, because of Diddy's Kong Quest. But there have been some more recent trademarks, and Diddy Kong has gotten a new trademark, hence the speculation.

Curiously, some other Nintendo-related trademarks I found that have been registered in the last few months include "Hyrule" (not Hyrule Warriors, which they've had since middle of 2014), "Donkey Kong", "The Legend of Zelda", "Mario Bros.", "Polarium", "Virtual Boy", "QUDY", and "Qudii".

 

Don't forget "Eternal Darkness".

Everytime Nintendo renews the trademark the net gets flooded with rumors of a new game.



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As far as I know, trademarks and patents have an expiration date, so after a certain amount of years they become free to use for anyone, unless the trademark/patent is renewed by the owner. Trademarks have a shorter lifecycle than patents. These laws differ between countries.

So now the trademark for Diddy Kong got renewed, around 20 years after the original trademark. I don't think this means anything beyond Nintendo wanting to retain the rights.



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t3mporary_126 said:

I'm just going to prepare for Retro announcing this at E3 so I won't be massively disappointed.

I mean, Retro's tweet did ask "Can you dig it?" while referring to the Nintendo's E3 webpage. So maybe they're doing a mine cart track for Diddy Kong Racing 2.

Retro has lost my respect, so they can keep doing their Dk games as far as I'm concern. They have a lot to prove to gain the attention they have before.



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Pavolink said:
t3mporary_126 said:

I'm just going to prepare for Retro announcing this at E3 so I won't be massively disappointed.

I mean, Retro's tweet did ask "Can you dig it?" while referring to the Nintendo's E3 webpage. So maybe they're doing a mine cart track for Diddy Kong Racing 2.

Retro has lost my respect, so they can keep doing their Dk games as far as I'm concern. They have a lot to prove to gain the attention they have before.

Eh...

Is not confirmed, is only a rumour that has born... here.



This is 100% going to happen! There were already leaks about this last year -> http://mynintendonews.com/2014/07/12/more-diddy-kong-racing-2-rumours-pop-up/



I would be thrilled with Diddy Kong Racing 2, and it would explain his absence in Mario Kart 8



Or they're just covering their bases. Why wouldn't they own a trademark for Diddy Kong?



the_dengle said:

Or they're just covering their bases. Why wouldn't they own a trademark for Diddy Kong?

Hmm