Nintendo 3DS, 3DSWare and 3DSPlay trademarks filed

Chris Davies - May 18, 2010
Nintendo 3DS, 3DSWare and 3DSPlay trademarks filed

Nintendo have been pretty coy in confirming the name of their upcoming 3D gaming handheld – with president Satoru Iwata teasing that “the final product name shall be announced in the not-so-far-away future” – but it seems increasingly likely that they’ll stick with Nintendo 3DS.  That’s one of a handful of newly filed trademarks from the company, including “3DS”, “N3DS” and, interestingly, “3DSPlay” and “3DSWare”.

The significance – or indeed purpose – of the latter two is currently unknown.  However, given there is an existing game download service on the DSi called DSiWare it seems likely that 3DSWare will be used for a similar service offering 3D-compatible titles.  As for 3DSPlay, there’s speculation that it could be a mobile version of Wii Play, consisting of various mini-games for the handheld.

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