A rather unusual trademark was registered by Nintendo of Japan. On October 24th, 2008 the house of Mario registered the rights to use Napoleon for video games. We’ve seen Nintendo overzealously protect DSi-everything, but Napoleon? Is the big N’s next big game a tactics title with a deceased French military leader? Since EA making a game based on Dante’s Inferno anything is possible, but I wouldn’t bet on Napoleon Bonaparte starring in a Nintendo published game.
Napoleon is also the name of a Hearts-like card game in Japan. Between the possibilities of Super Napoleon Brothers and a WiiWare and/or DSiWare version of the card game I have to go with the latter. Still, it’s strange to see Nintendo spend money to register Napoleon. Maybe they think they have the next Solitaire for Japan or something?
Images courtesy of Nintendo / National Gallery of Art.