The Eternal Darkness trademark has been extended
Remember Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem? Not everyone got a chance to play it, because, well, not every horror gaming fan owned a Nintendo GameCube. I admit, I didn’t own the console until Twilight Princess, and by that time, it was pretty tricky to find a copy of Eternal Darkness that didn’t cost more than the GameCube itself. There’s Dolphin, the emulator, but…some people really can’t be bothered. It turns out that those people might not be left out after all, as the trademark for the Eternal Darkness franchise has been extended by Nintendo.
What they plan to do with this trademark is really unclear. They could just want to keep any future titles exclusive, or it could mean that Silicon Knights is working on a Eternal Darkness project. Considering the problems that Silicon Knights has had recently, it’s almost doubtful that they’re actually working on it. But who knows what tomorrow might bring, right? Perhaps Nintendo could bring the original title to the Wii-U as an HD remake or port, or through the Virtual Console? I could really get into having the Game Pad wig-out while I was focusing on the screen.
It’s also important to note that this is the fifth extension. I don’t know how long these extensions actually last for, but it’s clear that Nintendo doesn’t want to let this thing go. Good call, Nintendo – the Wii-U needs more horror titles.