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Nintendo Massively Single-Player Game Patent Application Revealed

by Andy Goergen - August 14, 2011, 5:53 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2011/0190062.htm..., 20110190062

A 2010 patent application smells a lot like Animal Crossing.

A patent application filed by Nintendo in January 2010 and recently published refers to the idea of Massively Single-Player Online game. The idea behind the patent seems to be a game that allows players to interact with non-scripted elements to bypass artificial intelligence limitations without having to worry about the problems that come about when encountering random other players in an online environment.

The idea of an online single-player game brings visions of Animal Crossing to mind, a game that involves people interacting in the same world, but largely not doing so directly. The patent application mentions that players could see each other playing the game and have some sort of interaction if they were added on to each other's friends list.

Another specific example that was given in the application is that of a game that uses an economy based on real-life supply and demand, making some items more scarce and valuable.

The patent application also discusses the idea of a "Wii 3D" video game system, although since the patent was filed, Nintendo has said that they have no interest in developing a 3D home video game console, saying that the handheld space makes more sense for a 3D screen.

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Talkback

CericAugust 14, 2011

I have to agree. Isn't this just Animal Crossing online?

If Animal Crossing for 3DS did this it would be awesome. It sounds really well-suited to the kind of network interaction you'd get on a handheld: simultaneous multiplayer with friends when possible, but SpotPass style updates influenced by the world as a whole when not.

Ryan CannonAugust 15, 2011

The idea of supply and Demand would be cool, but there is the problem of Hackers making rare items less rare...

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