Nintendo's Complicated Legal History

Nintendo's legal side has never been their most-liked, but it's interesting nonetheless. These are some of Nintendo's most infamous legal issues.

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PhoenixUp107d ago (Edited 107d ago )

I’m surprised this article didn’t talk about Nintendo trademarking the 1984 or 1992 phrase "It's On Like Donkey Kong” in 2010.

The author didn’t even bring up the plus shaped D-Pad. Nintendo’s patent of the D-Pad in the form of a cross-shaped button is the reason why many of SEGA's and Microsoft's systems had circular D-pads and the PlayStations have four buttons arranged in a fragmented cross in their place. However, the patent expired in 2005, thus the Xbox One controller has a proper D-pad.

“Nintendo, at the time, saw video game rental as an unfair form of piracy”

Screw that Nintendo. Not everybody has the funds to buy every game they’re interested in, and I’m glad Blockbuster won that lawsuit.