Nintendo may be working on a new Mario Sports game for its latest console, the Nintendo Switch. Recently, the international gaming developer has been working on obtaining some trademarks for the term MARIO SPORTS. In both Europe and Australia, the company has filed international trademark applications for “Mario Sports” (see EU filing number 1541089) (see AU trademark number 2103923 / IR number 1541089).
The applications were both filed in international class 009, and claim an identical list of goods and services, which are:
“Electronic game programs; downloadable electronic game programs; video game programs; downloadable video game programs; video game cartridges; memory cards for video game machines; cases for smartphones; covers for smartphones; computer game software, downloadable; computer game software, recorded; computer programs, recorded; computer programs, downloadable; compact discs [audio-video]; downloadable image files; downloadable music files; electronic publications, downloadable.”
It is a bit surprising that there hasn’t been a Mario Sports game released for the Switch yet. With Nintendo’s insistence on the use of motion controls, it’s a wonder why they haven’t produced a sports game that would utilize this technology. Mario Tennis Aces was released for the Switch in June 2018, and while that is a focused sporting game, the last compilation sports game that Nintendo produced (outside of the Mario & Sonic Olympic series, which for the most part, has actually been developed by Sega Sports R&D) was Mario Sports Superstars, which was released in 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Nintendo typically releases a couple of party games for every console it produces. The Switch so far has Super Mario Party and 1-2-Switch, so the discovery of this trademark application certainly has people wondering what this means for the franchise. September 2020 is Super Mario’s 35th anniversary, and everyone is waiting to see how Nintendo is expected to celebrate this occasion. News sources have already discussed upcoming Super Mario Jenga and Super Mario Monopoly sets.
This may be the mark of the next Mario sports game, but we’ll just have to wait and see.