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Nintendo Patents Self-Playing Games

Posted by shaun832 on January 11, 2009

Link – Here is the link to the official application but be warned, it’s long and very technical. Instead I’ll just give you a brief rundown.

On June 30, 2008, Shigeru Miyamoto applied for a patent on a new gameplay mechanic. The mechanic goes simply like this:

– There is a scene select screen where you can replay previous parts of the game.
– There is a hint button which will give you hints if you are stuck.
– There is an option to make the game play itself. This means that the game will take over and solve difficult puzzles for you.

On a final note, according to the diagrams for this application, the first game that this gameplay mechanic will be used for will be the upcoming The Legend of Zelda title on the Wii.

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