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Nintendo Co., Ltd. Patents
Assignee:
Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Address:
Kyoto-fu, JP
No. of patents:
878
Patents:


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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
6461242 Operating device for an image processing apparatus October 8, 2002
An operating device for use with an image processing apparatus which displays an image on a display screen and controls the image includes a hand-holdable housing having a shape capable of being grasped by a left hand and a right hand. A first operating device and a second operating
6458032 Three-dimensional puzzle game device and recording medium for three-dimensional puzzle game October 1, 2002
In this puzzle game device, a three-dimensional game field 70 laterally extended around a tubular subject is provided. The 3D game field 70 is divided into display regions of vertically 12 lines by circumferentially 16 columns, and each display region is capable of displaying a panel. A
6456290 Application program interface for a graphics system September 24, 2002
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
6454652 Video game system and method with enhanced three-dimensional character and background control du September 24, 2002
A video game system includes a game cartridge which is pluggably attached to a main console having a main processor, a 3D graphics generating coprocessor, expandable main memory and player controllers. A multifunctional peripheral processing subsystem external to the game microproces
6453379 Information processing system and true/false determining method used therefor September 17, 2002
A ROM cartridge 20 and a disk drive 30 are detachably attached to slots 103 and 104 of an information processing unit 10. A magnetic disk 40 is detachably attached to a slot 302 of the disk drive 30. A semiconductor storage device storing a game program and data is provided inside of the
6452600 Graphics system interface September 17, 2002
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
6435969 Portable game machine having image capture, manipulation and incorporation August 20, 2002
An improved portable game machine having a removably attachable external cartridge that includes an integrally formed image capturing apparatus is provided. The portable game machine preferably includes a user interface which may be manipulated by a user to capture images via the image
6424348 Application program interface for a graphics system July 23, 2002
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
6421058 Graphics command stream for calling a display object in a graphics system July 16, 2002
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
6421056 Three-dimensional image processing apparatus July 16, 2002
A three-dimension image processing apparatus includes a CPU. When the CPU detects by collision determination that another object, e.g., a wall, is existent between an operable object and a camera, it calculates such a moving angle of the camera that an eye of the camera to the operable
6419584 Game apparatus for playing an electronic game based on a deck of cards July 16, 2002
A card game apparatus includes a display to display a game scene. In the game scene, a first master display site and a second master display site are formed to respectively display therein a first master as the other self of a game player and a second master as the other self of an o
6416410 Data compression/decompression based on pattern and symbol run length encoding for use in a port July 9, 2002
Loss-less data compression/decompression especially useful in a limited resource environment such as a handheld portable video game system allows graphics and/or attribute data to be efficiently and quickly decompressed on an as-needed basis in real time response to interactive user inpu
6414721 Video signal digital processing device, information storage medium for video signal digital proc July 2, 2002
An inputted analog color video signal is converted into a digital video signal by an analog-to-digital converting circuit 13, is then written into a transfer buffer 15, and is digitally processed. That is, with respect to a moving picture which is changed for each frame, black-and-white
6414678 Image creating apparatus and image display apparatus July 2, 2002
An image creating apparatus, adapted to create an image constituted by of a plurality of dots for each of a plurality of background scenes that are visually perceived as viewed in different two or more directions from a certain view point existing in a three-dimensional space, is provide
6411301 Graphics system interface June 25, 2002
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
6398641 Puzzle game apparatus and storage medium therefore June 4, 2002
A puzzle game apparatus having an LCD. On the LCD is displayed a game field having square lattices arranged in a matrix. From an upper end of the game field is fallen a square slant-lined panel having two vertexes set as connection terminals. A game player is allowed to rotate or move th
6394905 Systems and methods for providing security in a video game system May 28, 2002
A video game system includes a game cartridge which is pluggably attached to a main console having a main processor, a 3D graphics generating coprocessor, expandable main memory and player controllers. A multifunctional peripheral processing subsystem external to the game microproces
6383080 Kiosk for printing and communicating video game images May 7, 2002
A kiosk includes a game machine console having a processing system. The game machine has a connector that, in use, is connected to a cartridge comprising a memory. A video printer has a video input connected to a video output of the game machine console and a video output connected to a
6383079 High performance/low cost video game system with multi-functional peripheral processing subsyste May 7, 2002
A video game system includes a game cartridge which is pluggably attached to a main console having a main processor, a 3D graphics generating coprocessor, expandable main memory and player controllers. A multifunctional peripheral processing subsystem external to the game microproces
6375572 Portable game apparatus with acceleration sensor and information storage medium storing a game p April 23, 2002
A portable game apparatus includes a housing. This housing is provided with an LCD and an insertion hole. A cartridge incorporating a program ROM is inserted in the insertion hole. A CPU in the housing processes a game program to display game scenes on the LCD. The cartridge further
6373462 Method and apparatus for displaying higher color resolution on a hand-held LCD device April 16, 2002
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 betwe
6369827 Method and apparatus for displaying higher color resolution on a hand-held LCD device April 9, 2002
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 betwe
6352476 Video game apparatus having direction pointing marks and player object displayed on game screen March 5, 2002
A video game apparatus includes a CPU. The CPU determines straight lines respectively connecting between the player object and a North Pole, target and marker, and determines respective directions of a direction pointing mark, target pointing mark and marker pointing mark to point direct
6346046 Three-dimensional image processing system having dynamically changing character polygon number February 12, 2002
A video game system includes a game cartridge which is pluggably attached to a main console having a main processor, a coprocessor, and player controllers. A multifunctional peripheral processing subsystem external to the game microprocessor and coprocessor is described which executes
6342892 Video game system and coprocessor for video game system January 29, 2002
A low cost high performance three dimensional (3D) graphics system can model a world in three dimensions and project the model onto a two dimensional viewing plane selected based on a changeable viewpoint. The viewpoint can be changed on an interactive, real time basis by operating u
6338679 Portable game machine January 15, 2002
To a CPU 10 in a portable game machine 1, a temperature detector 5 and a voltage detector 6 are connected. The temperature detector 5 detects an operating temperature of an LCD 4, and the voltage detector 6 detects a power supply voltage supplied by the LCD 4. Following a program stored
6334815 Game system operable with backup data on different kinds of game machines January 1, 2002
A game system utilizes a first game machine and a second game machine. The backup data obtained through playing a first game on the first game machine is memorized in a first game cartridge. The first game cartridge is attached to an extension adapter, and the extension adapter is in tur
6332838 Three-dimensional display game device and recording medium for three-dimensional display game December 25, 2001
In this video game device, a three-dimensional game field 70 laterally extended around a tubular subject is provided. The 3D game field 70 is divided into display regions of vertically 12 lines by circumferentially 16 columns, and each display region is capable of displaying a panel. A
6331856 Video game system with coprocessor providing high speed efficient 3D graphics and digital audio December 18, 2001
A low cost high performance three dimensional (3D) graphics system can model a world in three dimensions and project the model onto a two dimensional viewing plane selected based on a changeable viewpoint. The viewpoint can be changed on an interactive, real time basis by operating u
6331146 Video game system and method with enhanced three-dimensional character and background control December 18, 2001
A video game system includes a game cartridge which is pluggably attached to a main console having a main processor, a 3D graphics generating coprocessor, expandable main memory and player controllers. A multifunctional peripheral processing subsystem external to the game microproces
6326963 Method and apparatus for efficient animation and collision detection using local coordinate syst December 4, 2001
Performance gains are realized by transforming less complex objects to the local space of a more complex object for collision detection against the more complex object. An inverse transformation stack may be used to efficiently enable transformation from world coordinate space to local
6325718 Operation controlling device and video processing system used therewith December 4, 2001
A video processing system is described including a video processing device which generates a sequence of video display frames on a display unit under the control of a stored program, and a unique operation controlling device which is connected to the video processing device and which sup
6325717 Video game apparatus and method with enhanced virtual camera control December 4, 2001
A video game apparatus includes a CPU. The CPU detects a camera code of a land object at the foot of a player object. According to the camera code, a camera is selected from a first virtual camera, a second virtual camera, and so on up to a fifth virtual camera. The selected virtual came
6325646 Power plug assembly having a plug that is lifted up when plugged into an outlet December 4, 2001
A power plug assembly houses a plug in such a manner so that the plug is lifted up when required. The plug is always biased in a direction so that it is housed due to the force exerted by a first resilient member. When the plug is pivotally moved to some extent, first and second engageme
6322447 Portable color display game machine and storage medium for the same November 27, 2001
A portable color display game machine includes a game cartridge type determining circuit configured to determine whether a color game cartridge storing color data for a game or a monochrome game cartridge storing monochrome data for a game is attached to the color display game machine.
6315669 Portable color display game machine and storage medium for the same November 13, 2001
A portable color display game machine includes a game cartridge type determining circuit configured to determine whether a color game cartridge storing color data for a game or a monochrome game cartridge storing monochrome data for a game is attached to the color display game machine.
6307486 Joystick device October 23, 2001
A joystick device includes a case so that first and second rocking members are respectively supported in a overlapped manner by first and second bearings formed in the case with their first and second elongate holes positioned perpendicular to each other. The operation of the lever i
6302789 Pedometer with game mode October 16, 2001
An object of the present invention is to provide a new pedometer with game mode which can be used as a game by a child to get some exercise such as walking and/or running without reluctance. When a vibration is detected by a vibration detector, the count values of a step-number counter a
6296570 Video game system and video game memory medium October 2, 2001
A video game system includes a game machine and a memory medium. The game machine is connected with a controller to be operated by a player and a display device for displaying game images. The memory medium generates player object image data and influencing object image data, as well as
6290604 Video game apparatus and memory used therefor September 18, 2001
A video game apparatus includes an external ROM. This external ROM is previously memorized with player object data, basic shadow object data and light object data. A direction in which a shadow is thrown is determined according to the player object data and the light object data, to ther
6285381 Device for capturing video image data and combining with original image data September 4, 2001
A frame of still picture data is captured at an instant specified by a user from video signals supplied from a given video source, such as a television receiver, a video camera, etc., and the image data is displayed. When the user specifies an area of image to be cut out from the dis
6283857 Three-dimensional image processing apparatus with enhanced automatic and user point of view cont September 4, 2001
A video game system includes a game cartridge which is pluggably attached to a main console having a main processor, a coprocessor, expandable main memory and player controllers. A multifunctional peripheral processing subsystem external to the game microprocessor and coprocessor is desc
6280329 Video game apparatus outputting image and music and storage medium used therefor August 28, 2001
A video game apparatus includes an external ROM. This external ROM has a sound memory area memorized with sound sequence data. The sound sequence data includes a plurality of block sequences for each of three status of "move", "fight" and "stop" of a player object. A CPU detects a status
6267677 Game machine and storage medium therefor July 31, 2001
A game machine of a type playing a game by collecting a character electronically generated has a property data storage region storing property data of the collected character and a program storage region storing game programs. A random number is generated, and is compared with a part
6267673 Video game system with state of next world dependent upon manner of entry from previous world vi July 31, 2001
A video game system includes a game cartridge which is pluggably attached to a main console having a main processor, a 3D graphics generating coprocessor, expandable main memory and player controllers. A multifunctional peripheral processing subsystem external to the game microproces
6264558 Video game system with data transmitting/receiving controller July 24, 2001
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
6261179 Video game system and video game memory medium July 17, 2001
A video game system including a video game machine and a controller connected thereto, wherein the game machine is further connected with a display device. A video-game memory medium, detachably attached to the game machine, generates image data for displaying a player object, a plur
6251010 Game machine apparatus and method with enhanced time-related display of pokemon-type characters June 26, 2001
A game machine of a type that a player object is moved on a map to encounter with a character includes a program storage storing a game program, a clock at least clocking a time, an operation device for operating the player object, and an image processor for varying a display image b
6244959 Three-dimensional image processing system with enhanced character control June 12, 2001
A video game system includes a game cartridge which is pluggably attached to a main console having a main processor, a coprocessor, expandable main memory and player controllers. A multifunctional peripheral processing subsystem external to the game microprocessor and coprocessor is desc
6241611 Function expansion device and operating device using the function expansion device June 5, 2001
An operating device is, while in use, connected to an image processor which generates image data of an image to be displayed on a monitor on the basis of a program. The operating device is provided with an analog joystick in addition to a plurality of switches, and outputs operation sign
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