Thursday, August 04, 2005
And another logo
While we´re still at it, people on this Nintendo forum thread are discussing another logo already. It reads ´Nintendo ?!´, which some people thought was an original way of writing ´Nintendo 21´.
Now, you can find the entry by going to the Industrial Property Digital Library of Japan and clicking on Japanese Trademark Database. Then, enter ´Nintendo´ into the top query field (trademark for retrieval) and click on search. A line appears confirming 43 search results. Click on ´index´ next to it and on entry number 13 (registration number 2487112). The application date is 1987, which would suggest this is totally unrelated to the Revolution. Mind you, the date of reclassified registration is 2004/08/25. So the company does still have plans for this, it seems.
Finally, just to add an element of mystery, compare the logo with the ´ON logo´. It is very similar. Same square with beveled edges, the letter ´n´ looks almost exactly the same. Also, a ´?´ is somewhat similar to the ON symbol (i.e. the ´O´), only upside down. However, this need not have any bearing on the ON clip at all. The person who designed the ON logo (a friend of Pablo Belmonte) might have snooped around for old Nintendo trademarks to rip off. I can see how the above logo might have been the inspiration for designing ON. Still, an interesting find you should be aware of.