Nintendo owns quite a lot of IP, but many of them do not get a huge amount of spotlight. In fact, a lot of them have not been touched in years. Both descriptions fit that of the Excitebots series, a spin-off of the Excite franchise. Excitebots: Trick Racing launched on the Wii back in 2009 and was fairly well-received. But, nothing has been done with the IP since. It looks like Nintendo could potentially have something in store, though.

Over in Japan, Nintendo has filed for a trademark renewal for the game. But, the new application also has a few additions. Now, the description includes coverage for things like “downloadable video game program”, “program for smartphone”, among others.

As stated, Excitebots was a standard Wii-exclusive title, so there was never a digital version. It also never joined the collection of Wii titles that were ported to the Wii U eShop. So, this trademark update could possibly indicate Nintendo might be re-releasing the game on the Switch, or perhaps even remaking it? Trademark renewals and updates happen relatively often, so this isn’t hard evidence that something truly significant is going to be happening anytime soon. Of course, only time will tell for sure.


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A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.

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