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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
7297056 Video game device and storage medium storing video game program November 20, 2007
A turning point marker on a power gauge and an impact point object are displayed in a game image. The impact point object is displayed according to the current lie. The turning point marker is positioned away from the left end of the power gauge depending on the difficulty of the shot. T
7285051 Game information storage medium and game system using the same October 23, 2007
A game system includes a first game machine which operates according to a first architecture and, a second game machine which operates according to a second architecture different from the first architecture and has a processing capability lower than that of the first game machine. A gam
7281982 Targeting system October 16, 2007
In a video graphics game apparatus, a game operation controller device is used to select at least one of a plurality of items which are accessible by a player object to use as throwable items. A target object specifier is used to specify an object existing in a direction in which a throw
7278913 Racing game program and video game device October 9, 2007
A racing game in which a player moving object controlled by a human player and a plurality of non-player moving objects automatically controlled based on a predetermined algorithm race together on a course in a virtual space is provided, wherein: different target places are set for the
7275994 Game machine having wireless communication capability October 2, 2007
A video game machine is provided with wireless functionality. The wireless functionality may be built-into the video game machine or may be provided by a device that is removably attachable to the video game machine. The wireless functionality enables, among other things, enhanced multi-
7270601 Game apparatus and recording medium having game program recorded therein September 18, 2007
An estimated trajectory 281a, an estimated ball landing point 282a, and an estimated run range 283a are displayed in a game image 20a. The estimated ball landing point 282a is displayed as, for example, a star mark, in a game space of the game image 20a which corresponds to a terminal
7256779 Video game play using panoramically-composited depth-mapped cube mapping August 14, 2007
Video game play rendered using a panoramic view of a cube map style rendering uses an associated depth map to supply three-dimensionality to the pre-rendered scene. The resulting panoramic rendering may be indistinguishable from rendering the original scene in real-time except that t
7229355 External memory system having programmable graphics processor for use in a video game system of June 12, 2007
A fully programmable, graphics microprocessor is disclosed which is designed to be embodied in a removable external memory unit for connection with a host information processing system. In an exemplary embodiment, a video game system is described including a host video game system an
7229349 Multi-player game system and multi-player game program June 12, 2007
A multi-player game system includes number-of-players detection means for detecting the number of players participating in the game; primary game field data storage means for storing primary game field data; secondary game field data storage means for storing at least two units of second
7223173 Game system and game information storage medium used for same May 29, 2007
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
7205999 Method and apparatus for environment-mapped bump-mapping in a graphics system April 17, 2007
Apparatus and example methods for environment-mapped style of bump-mapping (EMBM) are provided that use a pre-computed bump-map texture accessed as an indirect texture along with pre-computed object surface normals (i.e., the Normal, Tangent and Binormal vectors) from each vertex of rend
7198568 Game machine and game program for changing the movement of one character based on the movement o April 3, 2007
An image processing mechanism of a game apparatus includes a first motion control mechanism and a second motion control mechanism. The first motion control mechanism controls the motion of a first character appearing in a game space in response to an operation performed on a first operat
7196710 Method and apparatus for buffering graphics data in a graphics system March 27, 2007
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. Techniques for efficiently buffering g
7193165 Operation device for game machine and hand-held game machine March 20, 2007
A hand-held game machine (10) includes a horizontally-long rectangular housing (12), and the housing is covered with a cover (14) almost entirely. Each of top main surfaces of the housing and the cover has a plane shape of pincushion, and thus, the top main surface of the housing for
7184059 Graphics system with copy out conversions between embedded frame buffer and main memory February 27, 2007
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 processor includes an emb
7176919 Recirculating shade tree blender for a graphics system February 13, 2007
A graphics system including a custom graphics and audio processor produces exciting 2D and 3D graphics and surround sound. A relatively low chip-footprint, versatile texture environment (TEV) processing subsystem is implemented in a pipelined graphics system circulates computed color
7173618 Image creation program and method of creating image February 6, 2007
A character object 2001 which stands on a ground in a virtual space is arranged to rise on a land object 1802. Here, the character object 2001 is arranged to look towards a side of a virtual camera 1601. Further, the land object 1802 is arranged so as to be displaced a predetermined
7170524 Line drawing image generating device, storage medium, and line drawing image generating method January 30, 2007
In an original image, an area whose brightness is smaller than a predetermined value is detected as an ink line area, and a neighboring area of the ink line area, which surrounds the ink line area, is detected as a neighboring area. Furthermore, with respect to an area other than the
7169998 Sound generation device and sound generation program January 30, 2007
A sound generation device is composed of a main unit and a game cartridge storing a sound generation program. The game cartridge includes an XY-axes acceleration sensor for detecting a tilt in two respective directions of a game device housing. When a button of the main unit is press
7147561 Game system having a plurality of game machines for competing for card data December 12, 2006
According to a game system and a storage medium having stored therein a game program of the present invention, among a plurality of game machines communicably connected to each other, a game machine 10a acting as a card reader machine reads card data and sends the card data to a game mac
7137894 Hand-held display system and display method and storage medium therefor November 21, 2006
A colorizing method for a display system involves accessing a memory storing monochrome display data for a video game program. User input designates one of a plurality of different color palettes and a color display is generated based on the monochrome display data and the designated
7136674 Control adapter device November 14, 2006
A control adapter device for attaching to a control unit having an input control part is disclosed. The control adapter device includes a connector for electrically connecting the control adapter device to the control unit, a transmission part for transmitting, by wireless transmissi
7134960 External interfaces for a 3D graphics system November 14, 2006
An advantageous set of external interfaces for home video game platform provide modularity and expandability while maintaining and preserving the proprietary nature of the platform. A disk drive interface provides flexible communications with an internal disk drive. Various serial bus
7129956 Variable bit field color encoding October 31, 2006
A compact image element encoding format selectively allocates a bit field within the format to alternately encode either multi-bit alpha resolution or increased color resolution. This encoding technique may be advantageously used to allocate encoding bits to model semi-transparency w
7126584 Operating device and image processing system using same October 24, 2006
An operating device is connected to an image processing apparatus that generates image data to be displayed on a display according to a program. The operating device supplies a signal for providing variation to the image data to be generated by the image processing apparatus. A joystick
7119813 Variable bit field encoding October 10, 2006
A compact image element encoding format selectively allocates a bit field within the format to alternately encode either multi-bit alpha resolution or increased color resolution. This encoding technique may be advantageously used to allocate encoding bits to model semi-transparency w
7118482 Game system using game cards and game machine October 10, 2006
A game system includes a plurality of game cards, a game cartridge and a game machine. Each game card visually portrays a figure of a character, stores ability data for the character, and mechanically readably records an identification code and individuality expressing data of the ch
7118394 Card connector October 10, 2006
A card connector which prevents a card from popping out when the card is discharged and is not easily broken. The card connector includes a base having a slot into which a card can be inserted, a slider which is provided at a position in the base to be abuttable on the card and which
7115031 Game system displaying a game world on a common display and an individual display October 3, 2006
A game system includes a plurality of game machines each of which has an LCD. A game world in which a plurality of characters individually operated by the plurality of game machines appear is displayed on a CRT as a common display and on the LCD as an individual display of each of pl
7104891 Game machine and game program for displaying a first object casting a shadow formed by light fro September 12, 2006
A partial shadow volume having a predetermined height defined by a contour of a character object and light coming from a light source is formed based on undulations of a land object, and is then stored in advance in a DVD-ROM or the like. A CPU reads this partial shadow volume for placin
7102618 User controlled graphics object movement based on a amount of joystick angular rotation and poin September 5, 2006
Three-dimensional image display game system and method for use with a display for displaying an object in a three-dimensional space, including an operation controlling device including an operating member having a base end rotatably supported and a free end operable by an operator. The
7095417 Line drawing image generating device, storage medium, and line drawing image generating method August 22, 2006
In an original image, an area whose brightness is smaller than a predetermined value is detected as an ink line area, and a neighboring area of the ink line area, which surrounds the ink line area, is detected as a neighboring area. Furthermore, with respect to an area other than the
7094147 Game system, puzzle game program, and storage medium having program stored therein August 22, 2006
There is provided a game system and a puzzle game program capable of changing displayed states of puzzle elements depending on a tilt of the puzzle game apparatus, such that a high level of strategy-making is required and drastic game developments and excitement are realized, as well
7089427 Security system method and apparatus for preventing application program unauthorized use August 8, 2006
A semiconductor storage device includes a program ROM and a flash memory, and the program ROM includes a program data storing area and a dummy data storing area, and the flash memory includes a program data storing area and a dummy address storing area. An address comparison circuit comp
7084885 Image processing apparatus and display control method August 1, 2006
An example image display apparatus includes processing circuitry such as a communication processor and a game processor. The processing circuitry continuously processes a communication-related function and selectively processes a game-related function. When the game function is in an
7075545 Graphics system with embedded frame buffer having reconfigurable pixel formats July 11, 2006
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
7071945 Graphics system interface July 4, 2006
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
7070507 Video game system July 4, 2006
A video game system includes a video game machine, a memory medium and a controller. A CPU included in the video game machine detects a vibration generating condition that a player object comes into collision or contact with an enemy object or a stationary object. If the vibration genera
7069044 Electronic apparatus having game and telephone functions June 27, 2006
An electronic apparatus includes a phone CPU and a game CPU. When a * key is operated during execution of a game, the phone CPU sets a specified bit of a game key register to "1". The phone CPU is set "1" into the specified bit when there is an incoming call of a phone during the exe
7068239 Data processing method and system June 27, 2006
A data processing system and method in which, by way of example, a memory system is coupled to a video game program processing system. The video game program processing system has a predetermined address space for executing programs stored in a program memory portion of the memory sy
7061502 Method and apparatus for providing logical combination of N alpha operations within a graphics s June 13, 2006
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. Logical combination of N alpha compares
7056217 Messaging service for video game systems with buddy list that displays game being played June 6, 2006
A messaging system includes a web server computer and at least two video game systems. Each game system is configured to connect to the web server computer via the Internet and to communicate status data indicative of an activity engaged in by a user thereof. The web server computer gene
7052396 Communication system and method using pictorial characters May 30, 2006
Pictorial characters are used to replace one or more words or even one or more full sentences of a message for communication to one or more people. In the context of an electronic communication device, a person ("sending party") can use pictorial characters to "encode" words or sentences
7050066 Image processing apparatus and image processing program May 23, 2006
In an image processing apparatus, four images are generated by shifting an original image before antialiasing by one pixel upward, downward, leftward, and rightward. Between the images obtained by shifting upward and downward, a difference in color information is taken for every pixel
7050064 Method and apparatus for displaying higher color resolution on a hand-held LCD device May 23, 2006
Effective color resolution of a limited-memory color-mapped display system such as a portable liquid crystal display (LCD) handheld video game system can be increased by changing the color mapping information during active display time (e.g., during the horizontal blanking interval b
7040986 Information processing apparatus, information storing medium and program thereof, and operating May 9, 2006
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
7034828 Recirculating shade tree blender for a graphics system April 25, 2006
A hardware-accelerated recirculating programmable texture blender/shader arrangement circulates computed color and alpha data over multiple texture blending/shading cycles (stages) to provide multi-texturing and other effects. Up to sixteen independently programmable consecutive stag
7030420 Swing-type display device April 18, 2006
A linear array of red LEDs 10R is provided so as to extend in a direction substantially perpendicular to a direction in which a swing-type display device is swung, and a linear array of green LEDs 10G is further provided, the red LEDs 10R and green LEDs 10G being arranged in pairs of
7025677 Game emulator program April 11, 2006
The present disclosure is directed to a game emulator program that allows a game to be played on a game machine using a display device having a resolution that is lower than the resolution for which the game is designed, while reproducing a game image that is close to that of the ori
7023434 Image processing apparatus and image processing program April 4, 2006
An image processing apparatus includes a CPU, and the CPU renders a golf course in a 3-dimension virtual space in conjunction with a GPU. A grid for representing an inclination and undulations of a configuration of the golf course is also rendered. Specifically, a grid line is constructe
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