Nintendo had 110 patents in gaming during Q1 2024. Nintendo Co Ltd’s patents for Q1 2024 include a game where users can start playing based on their own character and then switch to another user’s character using data transmitted to a server. Another patent involves an information processing apparatus that tracks fitness actions performed by a player and executes game events accordingly. Additionally, there are patents related to controlling characters in different modes, moving non-player characters in a virtual space, and implementing effects associated with characters based on player input. GlobalData’s report on Nintendo gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Nintendo grant share with gaming as a theme is 52% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Computer-readable non-transitory storage medium having game program stored therein, game system, game apparatus, and game processing method (Patent ID: US20240100423A1)

The patent filed by Nintendo Co Ltd. describes a game system where users can start a game using their own character and then continue the game based on data transmitted to a server from another user's terminal. The game involves user characters and other-user characters, with advancement state data being transmitted to the server at specific timings. The game can be a turn-based strategy game, with turns determined by user and opponent phases. Users can control their characters in a virtual space and receive rewards based on game outcomes. Additionally, the game system allows for growth games and presents users with options for gameplay.

The patent outlines a computer-readable storage medium, a game system, and a game apparatus that enable users to start and continue games based on data transmitted to a server from other users' terminals. The system involves user and other-user characters, with rewards given based on game outcomes. Users can control characters in a virtual space, receive rewards, and engage in turn-based strategy games. The system also includes growth games and options for gameplay, enhancing the overall gaming experience for users.

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