Nintendo Seeks To Patent The Massively Singleplayer Online Game

Back in 2010, Nintendo filed a patent application for something called a "massively single-playing online game", something whose interactions don't take place in real time and what sounds a little Animal Crossing-ish (above).

According to GameSpot, which found the filing, the MSO(?) would be an environment where players' actions and choices affect the world they and everyone else inhabit. Economic systems are a good example, one Nintendo used in the filing.

In one case, if a player finds building materials and constructs a house, all other players would then see that house, just not its owner. Nintendo also described a concept where players gossip to an AI non-player character. who then spreads it to others in the world.

Finally, if players "friend" one another, they can see and interact with them in the same environment.

One other thing, the filing describes the game being suitable for play on something called a "Wii 3D system". This was filed last year, before the 3DS was known. While the term is eye-catching, its quite possible its either a mislabeling, our outdated information made non-operative by the 3DS and/or Wii U. It could also be legit, but this is hardly confirmation of that.

Nintendo Applies for 'Massively Single Player' Patent, Mentions Wii 3D [GameSpot]


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    So essentially, it's the family friendly equivalent to an MMO mixed with Animal Crossing/Harvest Moon.

    If you can see what others do, but not them, wouldn't others just be able to grief/make obscene images etc though? and besides, I'd rather not see the houses at all than just the empty shell. It serves no purpose if there isn't the social aspect, else it might as well remain single player with friend code invites to a world (like in Animal Crossing).

    How about a WiiU MMO Pokemon game?
    Im not a pokemon fan, but im pretty sure that it would destroy the competition & make the WiiU a household name?
    Maybe Nintendo have been holding out until they had a console powerful enough to handle such a thing?
    Sorry to go on a bit, but cmon its screaming to be made!

      I would buy the hell out of that, provided they include the classic Pokemon.

    I am going to guess that either the next Animal Crossing is this type of game, or it is an entirely new franchise.

    I agree, I'm not a Pokemon fan either, but that game would be perfect that platform, and Pokemon works so well as an MMO.

    When I first played WoW I was constantly comparing it to Pokemon. Except instead of having Pokemon you are the Pokemon. It already has leveling systems and turn based, dice roll mechanics definitely makes sense.

      For someone who is not a fan, you sure do compaire wired things to it....

      The ONLY thing I compare to Pokemon in WoW is the Hunters abilaty to 'catch' and 'train' wild animels as pets.

    Pokemon MMO would be a licence to print money.

    How can they patent something they didn't invent?

    EA already produced a Massively Single Player game - Spore.

    In that your characters and designs are shared across servers and appear in other players universes, but two players can't interact with each other.

    Pretty sure the term "Massively Single Player" was used several times in spores development to explain the game, so Nintendo might be able to patent something else, but the certainly can't patent "Massively Single Player" games.

    In other words, a paraplegic MMO game.

    brb buying popcorn for when I watch this go up in flames.

    It's called Dragon Quest 9.

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