Nintendo has gone on a trademark copyrighting spree that has fans excited for the possibilities that these names have opened for potential new games in the future.
A thread on Resetera (started by a user named LordKano) has gathered several posts made by trademark_bot on Twitter that outline Nintendo's recent copyrights that have had their trademark renewed. The first one was the Super Smash Bros. logo and it was followed by Star Fox, F-Zero, Pikmin, Yoshi's Island, Art Style, Flipnote Studio, Sin & Punishment, The Legend of Starfy, Nintendogs, Link's Crossbow Training, Wii Fit, Wii Music, Wii Play, and Wii Play.
So, why has Nintendo decided to renew these trademarks and why now?
The most boring answer is that it is simply house-keeping on behalf of the company and is something that needed to be done at some point, so they decided to do them in bulk. This is a possibility, as Flipnote Studio and Art Style were released almost ten years ago and trademarks are generally renewed once every decade.
The fact that the Super Smash Bros. logo was the first trademark renewed has also led to speculation that all of the games on the list are somehow related to the game. We know that characters like Captain Falcon and Kirby will almost certainly appear in the next Super Smash Bros. game, so the other games may also see some representation in Nintendo's next fighting game.
The other games on the list may also be considered for stages and trophies in the next Super Smash Bros. game. An Art Style or Flipnote Studio stage may act as a replacement for the old Miiverse stage, with players being able to share their artwork through an app and having it appear during the background of a match.
The third possibility is that these trademarks are being prepared for new games or rereleases. There have been recent rumors of a new Star Fox racing game that have been circling the Internet, as well as rumors of Pikmin 4 being in development.
The Wii games might seem to be the outlier here, but it's possible that Nintendo is preparing to rerelease them with Joy-Con support. It's possible that the gyroscope in the Joy-Cons could be accurate enough to emulate the motion controls of the Wiimote.
The fact that these trademarks have been renewed so close to E3 is also making fans suspect that there is more to this story than meets the eye. It seems that we will know for sure in a few weeks time.