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Nintendo Co., Ltd. Patents
Assignee:
Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Address:
Kyoto-fu, JP
No. of patents:
878
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
7670225 Multi-user method and apparatus for placing game elements on a map based on degree of difficulty March 2, 2010
By evaluating a distance starting from a start point to a unit on the map, the strength of an enemy character to be encountered, the degree of difficulty for an object to pass through a gate, etc., a unit score is calculated for each route. This unit score can be taken as an index of
7663629 Collision determination program and collision determination apparatus February 16, 2010
A collision determination area set for a dog as an object in a virtual three-dimensional space is, for example, a sphere having the center at the chest of the dog and having a radius of 30 in the "on all fours" state, a sphere having the center at the hip of the dog and having a radi
7662041 Game system February 16, 2010
A game system includes a game machine in which first and second cartridges can be simultaneously inserted. In a ROM of the first cartridge, a first game program is stored. When data is stored in a reserved area in a flash memory of the first cartridge, the first game program can be execu
7658676 Game apparatus and storage medium having game program stored thereon February 9, 2010
A game apparatus obtains acceleration data representing an acceleration vector in at least two predetermined axial directions of the input device repeatedly, then calculates a change amount of each of the acceleration vectors represented by acceleration data obtained during a predetermin
7658675 Game apparatus utilizing touch panel and storage medium storing game program February 9, 2010
A game apparatus includes a touch panel on which at least two pointing positions are simultaneously detectable. In response to an operation of the touch panel by a player, coordinates values of the detected two points are detected, and at least one of a distance between the two point
7656407 Image processing program and image processing apparatus February 2, 2010
Between two apexes of a shape model associated with each other, a virtual spring for applying, to the two apexes, a virtual force which is directed in each of coordinate axis directions in a rectangular coordinate system and which is changed in magnitude in accordance with a distance bet
7654904 Game machine, backup control program of game data and backup control method February 2, 2010
A game machine includes a CPU and, when a game cartridge is loaded in the game machine, the CPU is electrically connected to a ROM in the game cartridge and an electronically erasable non-volatile flash memory having at least two game data storage backup areas. Game data generated during
7653262 Collision detection having cylindrical detection regions January 26, 2010
A video game device calculates an angle of an object 71, etc., with respect to a reference direction in a three-dimensional space. Then, the video game device defines a virtual cylindrical model for each of a plurality of objects so that a bottom surface of each cylindrical model is
7648415 Game apparatus and storage medium storing game program January 19, 2010
A game apparatus includes a game machine and a game cartridge. On a case of the game machine, operation buttons are provided. On the LCD, game images of a player object and non-player objects in a game space are displayed. For example, a player, by holding the case with both hands and
7641551 Game program and game apparatus using input to pointing device January 5, 2010
A game apparatus stores input positions detected by the input device at predetermined time intervals, in order of detection, into a memory of the game apparatus. Next, a trail vector indicating at least a portion of a trail drawn by the player on the input surface is calculated from the
7641550 Game device changing action of game object depending on input position, storage medium for stori January 5, 2010
A game device 1 that executes a game program stored in a storage medium of the present invention detects and stores coordinates on a game image corresponding to an input while the input by the player is detected. Then, based on an input locus having a predetermined shape shown by the
7637813 Video game device and video game program December 29, 2009
A moving character and a background image are displayed on a display screen with a touch panel thereon. When the player operates the touch panel to draw a line in an intended path extending between a start point and an end point along which the player wishes to guide the moving chara
7636081 Origin returning mechanism of pointing device and pointing device using the same December 22, 2009
A pointing device includes an operating body 200 in which one end operably protrudes from an opening 111a of a cover portion 111 of a case body 100 and which is movable depending on the operation toward a horizontal direction from an origin position .alpha.; a first returning assisting
7635305 Game system and storage medium storing game program December 22, 2009
A game system includes a plurality of game apparatus that can carry out short-range wireless communication with one another. One of the game apparatus functions as a parent apparatus, and at least one other game apparatus functions as a child apparatus. The parent apparatus transmits
7634136 Touch input program and touch input device December 15, 2009
A game apparatus includes a CPU core. In response to a setting of a reverse input mode, the CPU core reverses vertically and horizontally BG/OBJ data corresponding to a question, and displays on an LCD an image based on the reversed BG/OBJ data. When a handwriting input operation ass
7629974 Storage medium storage game image processing program, game image processing apparatus and game i December 8, 2009
A video game apparatus functioning as a game image processing apparatus includes a CPU, and the CPU converts a resolution of a game image according to a game image processing program. A GPU draws an original game image on a frame buffer according to an instruction by the CPU. This is
7628699 Program, information storage medium, game system, and control method of the game system December 8, 2009
A game system includes: a direction mark storage section which stores image data of a direction mark that specifies a player's maneuver; a display controller which controls display of a plurality of display objects including the direction mark; a timing fetch section which fetches a
7628698 Game program December 8, 2009
A CPU core determines whether a stick is in contact with a touch panel based on an output signal from the touch panel; if not in contact, a gazing point of a virtual camera is moved to a collective center of masses for objects; on the other hand, if the stick is in contact with the t
7625287 Driving game steering wheel simulation method and apparatus December 1, 2009
A vehicle simulation such as for example a driving game can be provided by displaying an image of a steering wheel on a touch sensitive screen. Touch inputs are used to control the rotational orientation of displayed steering wheel. The rotational orientation of the displayed steering
7621812 Game system and game program November 24, 2009
In a game system, at least two of objects are set as selected objects. First, a virtual frame (a first frame 77) perpendicular to a line of sight is set on a frame setting plane 76. The first frame 77 is set so that selected objects 81 through 84 are positioned inside of the first fr
7618325 Game apparatus and storage medium storing game program November 17, 2009
A game system includes a plurality of game apparatuses that can carry out short-range wireless communication with one another. Link strength is detected for wireless communication between a parent apparatus and a child apparatus selected as a communication partner thereof. If the link
7618322 Game system, storage medium storing game program, and game controlling method November 17, 2009
A game system includes a game apparatus, and the game apparatus is connected with a monitor and a percussion-type controller. When a game player beats a first beating operation surface or a second beating operation surface, first operation data is input from the controller to the gam
7614945 Storage medium having game program stored thereon and game apparatus November 10, 2009
A color or brightness selected from a plurality of preset colors or brightnesses is set for each of a plurality of puzzle elements, and the plurality of puzzle elements are located and displayed on display means. A color or brightness selected from the plurality of preset colors or b
7607983 Game program and game device using touch panel October 27, 2009
Reading from a RAM, image data of a rotating object, and displaying the rotating object on the display screen; obtaining touch position coordinates on the touch panel; when a contact to the touch panel is performed, calculating at each interval of a given period, an angle variation a
7601066 Game system and game information storage medium used for same October 13, 2009
A game system includes a housing to be held by a player. The housing incorporates an XY-axis acceleration sensor to detect an acceleration in a X-axis direction and a Y-axis direction and a Z-axis contact switch to detect an acceleration in a Z-axis direction. The sensor and switch d
7596466 Inclination calculation apparatus and inclination calculation program, and game apparatus and ga September 29, 2009
An inclination calculation apparatus sequentially calculates an inclination of an input device operable in terms of a posture thereof. The input device includes acceleration detection means and imaging means. The inclination calculation apparatus sequentially calculates first inclina
7594854 Video game system with data transmitting/receiving controller September 29, 2009
A game machine is provided with a controller control circuit including a data transfer control circuit. When the data in a first external RAM attached to a first controller is transferred to a second external RAM attached to a second controller, the data transfer control circuit tran
7594827 Secure and/or lockable connecting arrangement for video game system September 29, 2009
Compatible mechanical and/or electrical connections to video game system accessories provide unique shape, design and dimensions that discourage or prevent non-compatible devices from being connected, connector configurations that allow connection only in a proper orientation to ensu
7588498 Game apparatus and recording medium storing a game program September 15, 2009
The player proceeds with a game while operating a touch panel to slant a game stage with a perception that the touch panel is a plane present in a game space and capable of freely slanting. The object moves in accordance with the slant of the game stage, and the viewing direction moves i
7585224 Storage medium having game program stored therein and game apparatus September 8, 2009
A game apparatus selects one of a plurality of characters as a selected character. The game apparatus also sets a position of a virtual camera in accordance with the position of the selected character and thus causes a display apparatus to display an image of a game space, and also cause
7582016 Game system and game program September 1, 2009
In a game system in which two related virtual game spaces are separately displayed on a first display device and a second display device, an object, contained in a first game space represented by a three-dimensional coordinate system, is displayed on the first display device, and an
7582015 Program, information storage medium and game system September 1, 2009
A game system includes: a direction mark storage section which stores image data of a direction mark which directs an operation of a player; a display control section which performs display control of a plurality of display objects including the direction mark; a timing acquisition s
7582010 Game machine, game program, and information storage medium September 1, 2009
A game machine and a game program are provided which allow a wide variety of players to enjoy a game, represented by a golf game, in which the player performs an operation of moving an object. The present invention provides a golf game machine that displays a scene in which a player
7581865 Light guide plate, panel light-emitting structure and disk drive September 1, 2009
A panel light-emitting structure includes a front panel, a light guide plate, a light-emitting portion, a guide, etc. The light guide plate is formed in a transversely elongated shape having a long side and a short side, and includes an elongated hole extending in a direction of the long
7581084 Method and apparatus for efficient loading and storing of vectors August 25, 2009
A method and apparatus for loading and storing vectors from and to memory, including embedding a location identifier in bits comprising a vector load and store instruction, wherein the location identifier indicates a location in the vector where useful data ends. The vector load inst
7578742 Recording medium storing video game program and video game device August 25, 2009
The player gives a change in the input through a touch operation to a character pattern P2 displayed on a second display screen 12a covered by a touch panel. The character pattern P2 is associated with a player character P1 displayed on a first display screen 11a, and is displayed on
7576748 Graphics system with embedded frame butter having reconfigurable pixel formats August 18, 2009
A graphics system including a custom graphics and audio processor produces exciting 2D and 3D graphics and surround sound. The system includes a graphics and audio processor including a 3D graphics pipeline and an audio digital signal processor. The graphics system has a graphics pro
7576739 Storage medium having game program stored therein, and game apparatus and game processing method August 18, 2009
An area, in a virtual game world, for arranging a plurality of objects and a minimum allowed distance between objects to be arranged therein are set. A position of an object is changed for temporarily arranging the object to an arbitrary position in the area set in the virtual game world
7571103 Command processing apparatus and program product executed thereby August 4, 2009
A command processing apparatus includes an LCD. A manual trick action instruction to a dog object displayed on the LCD is accepted through a touch panel. The dog object performs a trick according to the accepted trick action instruction. An arbitrary voice command is fetched by a mic
7568975 Information processing apparatus, information storing medium and program thereof, and operating August 4, 2009
An information processing apparatus includes a controller (1), and a game machine (2) to which the controller (1) is connected, and from at least one of a plurality of switches provided on the controller (1), a digital output or an analog output is obtained in accordance-with an operatin
7563974 Storage medium storing sound processing program and sound processing apparatus July 21, 2009
A plurality of areas are set on an image displayed on a display screen, and a plurality of performance indexes, each of which indicates a range of each of the areas, are displayed. An area designated by an operation input is detected, and sound output information is generated when an
7551336 Miniature single actuator scanner for angle multiplexing with circularizing and pitch correction June 23, 2009
The present invention provides a scanner comprising: a reflector component; means supporting the reflector component for pivoting with respect to the MCR to provide a scan which is stationary with respect to the OCR; means for enabling the support means to provide controlled pivoting
7549923 Game apparatus and storage medium storing game program June 23, 2009
A game apparatus includes: a plurality of operation controllers to be operated by separate players; obtained partial area storage locations for storing a partial area obtained by each player as an obtained partial area; a partial area choice mechanism for allowing each player to choose
7539606 System and method for efficiently simulating and imaging realistic water surface and other effec May 26, 2009
Water surface and other effects are efficiently simulated to provide real time or near real time imaging on low-capacity computer graphics computation platforms. Water and other surfaces are modeled using multiple independent layers can be dynamically adjusted in response to real tim
7538775 Storage medium storing game program and game apparatus May 26, 2009
A relative position of each object with respect to a point of view is changed by changing at least one of information indicating a position of the point of view and information indicating a position of the object, the pieces of information being stored in a storage section. It is det
7538772 Graphics processing system with enhanced memory controller May 26, 2009
A graphics system including a custom graphics and audio processor produces exciting 2D and 3D graphics and surround sound. The system includes a graphics and audio processor including a 3D graphics pipeline and an audio digital signal processor. A memory controller performs a wide range
7535460 Method and apparatus for identifying a graphic shape May 19, 2009
An information processing device executing a graphics identification program detects a trace drawn on an input surface as coordinate points in chronological order. Coordinate points for representing the trace are selected from a group of coordinate points arranged in chronological or
7532374 Shift tolerant lens optimized for phase conjugating holographic systems May 12, 2009
A new type of FT lens is provided that improves phase conjugation in holographic data systems. This type of FT lens has a uniquely large isoplanatic patch. This enables relaxed assembly tolerances, asymmetric reader/writer architectures, and compensation for tilted plate aberrations
7529428 Image processing apparatus and storage medium storing image processing program May 5, 2009
An image processing apparatus includes a CPU and an imaging unit. In this image processing apparatus, an image captured by the imaging unit is displayed on an LCD together with an imaging index, indicative of a predetermined region of a face. In response to a shutter operation by an
7522170 Graphics system interface April 21, 2009
An interface for a graphics system includes simple yet powerful constructs that are easy for an application programmer to use and learn. Features include a unique vertex representation allowing the graphics pipeline to retain vertex state information and to mix indexed and direct vertex
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