One comment I’ve seen some gamers make about Nintendo repeatedly is that the company keeps using the same IP over and over again. To an extent, this is actually kind of true. But, that doesn’t mean it’s doing it because it doesn’t have anything else.
Nintendo actually owns quite a lot of IP, it just hasn’t touched several of them in quite some time. One such ‘untouched’ series is 1080° Snowboarding. As the title suggests, this is an arcade snowboarding game. The last entry in the series was 1080° Avalanche, which came out a little over 14 years ago on the Gamecube. That’s quite some time that has passed. Even so, it doesn’t look like the Big N has forgotten all about the series.
Twitter user Pixelpar uncovered a trademark filing by Nintendo that was made in the middle of last month (December 2017). This trademark was for none other than the 1080° – Ten Eighty series.
Nintendo has filed a trademark registration for 1080° Ten Eighty.
1080° Snowboarding was first released on N64 in 1998, hitting the Wii's Virtual Console 10 years later (in 2008). The sequel "1080° Avalanche" was released on GameCube in 2003. pic.twitter.com/VJ8wcesbv8
— Pixelpar (@pixelpar) January 9, 2018
Despite the series having not been updated in nearly a decade-and-a-half, Nintendo is still showing interest in holding onto the trademark. Now, does this mean they could be making sure to hang onto the rights for a new release on Switch? That’s a theory, but not necessarily a guarantee. Companies typically keep their products under their belt even if they’re not using them. Nintendo could very well be holding onto this just to make sure nobody else gets the rights to it. But, only time will tell to see if anything new actually does come of this.
There isn’t much winter sports-themed games these days. EA hasn’t done anything with SSX in quite some time, and Ubisoft has also been mute on the Shaun White: Snowboarding series for several years. But, they did create Steep which launched in 2016 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It was also announced for the Switch last January but has been MIA ever since.