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Nintendo files trademark for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., hinting at new 3DS sci-fi game

Posted on April 7, 2014 AT 11:28am

Nintendo has applied for a trademark for a game entitled Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace.

That mouthful of a title popped up on US Patent and Trademark Office website, where it was later spotted by IGN.

There’s not a whole lot of information to be gleaned from the patent application beyond the title, which seems to indicate a sci-fi title with some sort of military twist, perhaps a shooter, tactics, or action game.

In addition, the filing does offer some faint clues as to a potential platform. There are several different categories pertaining to videogames in the USPTO database. For Wii U games, Nintendo has a history of using the ones that makes specific mention of discs and optical media. For 3DS titles, they’ve utilized those that cite cartridges and memory cards containing game software—and that’s what they’ve opted to do here with Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

While there have been plenty of shenanigans involving trademark manipulation over the last year, this one’s presumably the real deal—not just because all of the info matches up with Nintendo’s prior US trademarks, but because there’s no reference to any established franchise or known title. There’s just no good reason for anyone to invent a brand new IP out of thin air for the sake of a hoax.

That being said, just because the trademark is likely genuine doesn’t mean that Nintendo will definitely release Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. at any point. They’re notoriously aggressive with their trademarks even when they don’t lead to finished products, like the repeated renewals for Eternal Darkness that haven’t yet amounted to anything. Then again, with E3 rapidly approaching, there’s every chance we’ll be hearing a lot more about S.T.E.A.M. in the near future.

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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