Patents Assigned to Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 11358027
    Abstract: A non-limiting example training instrument comprises a hollow main body formed of an aluminum alloy. The main body is constituted by two gripping portions opposite to each other with a space therebetween and a coupling portion coupling the two gripping portions. A load sensor is arranged in the coupling portion inside the main body. The load sensor is a load cell, a strain gauge affixed to an interior of the main body, and a part of the main body to which the strain gauge is affixed functions as a strain body. Therefore, if a user applies a force so as to bring the two gripping portions close to each other or a force so as to move the two gripping portions away from each other, a load thereof is detected by the load sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoji Kuroda, Shinji Yamamoto, Hiroki Ikuta, Takanori Okamura, Xiaoming Jin, Hitoshi Tsuchiya, Kazuhiro Hosoi, Satoru Osako
  • Patent number: 11351462
    Abstract: An example of an information processing system displays on a display device two or more selection candidates each corresponding to a game character in a draw mode. In the draw mode, a game character corresponding to a selected selection candidate is granted to the user in exchange for decreasing a predetermined parameter. When a cumulative grant count becomes equal to or greater than a reference count, the information processing system permits execution of a designated mode. In the designated mode, a game character designated by the user is granted to the user. In the draw mode, the information processing system accepts a selection instruction until an end process is performed even after the cumulative grant count becomes equal to or greater than the reference count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shingo Matsushita
  • Patent number: 11344809
    Abstract: Operation data is acquired from either a first type of controller having a plurality of operation sections or a second type of controller having fewer operation sections, and a game process is performed. When the first type of controller is used for game operation, a selection item is switched in a forward direction for a plurality of items arranged in a predetermined order, in accordance with an operation on a first operation section, and the selection item is switched in a reverse direction in accordance with an operation on a second operation section. In addition, when the second type of controller is used for game operation, the selection item is switched in the forward direction in accordance with an operation on a third operation section of the second type of controller. Then, a UI image including these items is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kando, Yoshiaki Onishi, Ayako Moriwaki
  • Patent number: 11338206
    Abstract: A plurality of content groups are stored in a memory, and some of the content groups are determined as selectable target groups by a selection. One content group is selected from among the selectable target groups on the basis of a user's operation, and a selection process is executed for the one content group. A content selected is given to the user, and a given status of each content is stored in the memory such that this given content is excluded. In addition, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, selectable target groups are selected again. At this time, the given status of each content in each content group is retained regardless of which content groups are set as the selectable target groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Sensui, Masaki Yasuhara
  • Patent number: 11338207
    Abstract: When a first giving condition is satisfied, first giving of giving an in-game content selected from a content group including a plurality of in-game contents as selection target contents, to a user, is performed. Furthermore, an option as to whether or not to execute second giving for which an upper limit number of times of further giving is possible in addition to the first giving is set is presented to the user. When execution of the second giving is selected, if an exchange parameter satisfies a second giving condition, the parameter is changed and the second giving is performed. Moreover, the in-game content for which the first giving or the second giving has been performed is excluded from subsequent selection targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Yasuhara, Kazuyoshi Sensui
  • Patent number: 11331570
    Abstract: An example of an operation device includes an inertial sensor and a vibrator, transmits inertia data based on an output of the inertial sensor to an information processing apparatus, and vibrates the vibrator based on a vibration control signal received from the information processing apparatus. One or more processors of the information processing apparatus execute game processing, and in a predetermined situation in the game processing, cause the vibration control signal for vibrating the vibrator to be output from the information processing apparatus. The one or more processors, based on the inertia data from the operation device, determine whether or not the operation device is moving, and at least under the condition that it is determined that the operation device is not moving, limit the vibration so that the vibrator of the operation device is not vibrated or the vibration is weakened in the predetermined situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Suzuki, Misaki Hiraga
  • Patent number: 11331573
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a storage medium storing at least ROM data for a game and an emulator program for executing the game based on the ROM data; and a processor. In a first mode, the processor executes game processing by an emulator, and in a second mode, the processor, while executing game processing based on the emulator, executes an application which is different from the game processing and in which at least some of game images included in the ROM data are displayed, by making a change on data to be processed by the emulator being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohito Yoshimoto, Tomohiro Kawase
  • Patent number: 11311809
    Abstract: An example of an information processing apparatus acquires action data based on an output of a sensor according to a fitness action performed by a player, and executes a game event. In the game event, the information processing apparatus designates at least one type of fitness event from among a plurality of types of fitness events. Each fitness event causes the player to perform a fitness action. During the game event, the information processing apparatus executes a fitness event that causes the player to perform a fitness action corresponding to the designated fitness event until an ending condition is satisfied. The information processing apparatus determines whether or not the achievement condition has been satisfied, based on the action data acquired during the fitness event. The information processing apparatus repeats designation and execution of the fitness event until it is determined that the achievement condition has been satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Suzuki, Masaki Wada
  • Patent number: 11310474
    Abstract: A first image is generated by imaging a first three-dimensional virtual space including a predetermined object by a first virtual camera. In addition, a map object formed by a three-dimensional model corresponding to the first three-dimensional virtual space is generated, and an indicator object indicating the position of a predetermined object is placed on the map object. Then, a second image is generated by imaging the map object by a second virtual camera. At this time, the second image is generated such that, regarding the indicator object placed on the map object, the display manners of a part hidden by the map object and a part not hidden by the map object as seen from the second virtual camera are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ueda, Kazuhide Ueda, Norihiro Morita, Arisa Kitani
  • Patent number: 11298620
    Abstract: A game system includes: a versus game processing section configured to perform a versus game process against another player; an index data storage section configured to store index data that varies in accordance with a win/loss result in a versus game; an index update section configured to update the index data on the basis of a win/loss result of a player; a first parameter change section configured to change a first parameter associated with a first object included in a predetermined development target, when the index data has satisfied a predetermined condition; and a presentation section configured to present an image of the first object in which the changed parameter is reflected, to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Konno
  • Patent number: 11298619
    Abstract: An information processing system for controlling movements of a character (200) in a virtual three-dimensional space, comprising movement control unit (231) that controls the movements of the character (200), and a switching determination unit (232) that determines switching of the movement of the character (200) by the movement control unit (231) between a three-dimensional movement in the virtual three-dimensional space and a movement in a predetermined surface (211) provided in the virtual three-dimensional space. The movement control unit (231) determines a speed of the character (200) after the switching on the basis of a speed of the character (200) before the switching when the switching is performed between the three-dimensional movement in the virtual three-dimensional space and the movement in the predetermined surface (211).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Tanaka, Kenta Motokura
  • Patent number: 11291923
    Abstract: The self-propelled toy includes a vehicle body, wheels connected to the vehicle body, a battery provided at the vehicle body, a motor using electric power stored in the battery to output drive power for running use, an imaging device connected to the vehicle body so as to capture an image of an area in front of the self-propelled toy, an operating part operated by a user so as to make the imaging device operate, and a charging port supplying electric power from an outside power source to the battery. The operating part is provided at a top part of the vehicle body at one side from a centerline of vehicle width of the self-propelled toy, and the charging port is provided at a side part of the vehicle body at the same side as the operating part from the centerline of vehicle width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Hirose, Kosuke Nakamura, Hiroki Ikuta, Masaki Amano, Takaki Fujino
  • Patent number: 11285387
    Abstract: A plurality of objects are placed at respective positions in a three-dimensional virtual space, and for each of the plurality of objects, a movable surface including at least a first surface and a second surface at a predetermined angle to the first surface in a portion where the second surface intersects the first surface is defined. Then, based on a user input, the object is moved along the movable surface defined for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Iwata, Yuta Ogura
  • Patent number: 11285394
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a player object is caused to perform a posturing action of holding an item object in an input direction of a first direction input. When a second direction input is performed during the posturing action, a first swinging action of swinging the item object in the direction is performed. Further, when a going-way direction input in which a displacement amount with respect to the origin of an operation device and not greater than a first value exceeds the first value, and a return-way direction input in which the displacement amount becomes not greater than a second value after the going-way direction input have been performed within a first time, a second swinging action of swinging the item object in at least one of the going-way direction and the return-way direction is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Yamada, Takuhiro Dohta
  • Patent number: 11285389
    Abstract: Even when a movement command input is not performed from a player, a player character is moved in a predetermined direction in a virtual game space, and a game screen including the player character is scrolled so as to follow movement of the player character. In response to determination being made that a touch operation is detected in a state in which the positional relationship between a predetermined object and the player character satisfies a predetermined condition, the movement direction of the player character is temporarily changed to a direction containing a direction component opposite to the predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Masanobu Sato
  • Patent number: 11278793
    Abstract: A portable, handheld game console includes a main body incorporating a touch-sensitive display screen and a variety of input devices. The input devices can include shoulder buttons located on a peripheral side surface of the main body, as well as input devices located on the main body adjacent the touch-sensitive display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yoshino, Keizo Ohta, Yoshitaka Yasumoto, Kenji Nishida, Kenichi Sugino, Masato Ibuki
  • Patent number: 11278812
    Abstract: An example game apparatus executes an opponent information screen process of generating an image of an opponent information screen showing an opponent character and an opponent additional character, and executes a player information screen process of generating an image of a player information screen showing a player character and an additional character selected as an own additional character added to the player character according to an operational input. The image of the opponent information screen contains an opponent character image of the opponent character, an opponent additional character image of the opponent additional character, an own icon image, and an own type icon image. The image of the player information screen contains a player character image of the player character, an own additional character image of the selected own additional character, the own type icon image, an opponent icon image, and an opponent type icon image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11278811
    Abstract: The information processing apparatus comprises: a movement possibility determination unit that determines whether there is a target position to which the operable object can move between the current position of the operable object and the designated position; an object movement unit that removes the restriction on movement of the operable object to move the operable object to the target position on the condition that the target position is determined; and a rendering information generation unit that generates rendering information having a different screen effects between that in the case where the non-operable object exists between the current position and the designated position and the case where the non-operable object does not exist between the current position and the designated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Yoshihara, Naonori Oonishi, Hiroaki Hiruma, Soojin Lee, Taehoon Jun, Taewoo Kim
  • Patent number: 11278795
    Abstract: A game system that is a non-limiting example information processing system comprises a main body apparatus, and this main body apparatus is provided with a left controller and a right controller in a attachable and detachable manner. Each of the left controller and the right controller comprises a plurality of operation buttons and an analog stick. In a first operation mode, action of a player character is controlled according to an operation of a player. In a second operation mode, a sub-character appears, and action of the sub-character is automatically controlled except for a case where the sub-character attacks an enemy character according to depression of a ZL-button. In a third operation mode, movement of the player character and movement of the sub-character are respectively controlled according to an operation of the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahisa Taura, Kaori Ando, Makoto Okazaki
  • Patent number: 11273381
    Abstract: First, an indication sign displayed on a display screen is moved so as to reach a first position at a predetermined timing. Next, when an operation input to an input section is performed at the predetermined timing, a parameter related to the indication sign is changed. Furthermore, when the parameter related to the indication sign does not satisfy a first condition after the parameter is changed, the indication sign is moved to a position different from the first position, and then is moved toward the first position again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Morishita, Tetsuro Matsuzaki, Toshitaka Muramatsu