Patents Assigned to Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 10649760
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus to which an input apparatus is connected through a wire or wirelessly is provided. The information processing apparatus includes a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor executes an application program in accordance with an operation by a user accepted by the input apparatus, obtains update data for firmware of the input apparatus from a server through a network, and performs processing for updating the firmware of the input apparatus in response to a request from the application program while the application program is being executed. The processor suspends execution of the application program before update of the firmware and resumes execution of the application program in response to completion of update of the firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Shimohata, Naoki Hatta, Yoshihiro Tomizawa, Masaaki Sugino, Ryota Oiwa
  • Patent number: 10646774
    Abstract: A game apparatus as a handheld information processing apparatus includes a CPU, and when the game apparatus is closed, the CPU shifts to a sleep mode. When a user carries the game apparatus in the sleep mode, a micon measures step counts according to a magnitude of accelerations indicated by acceleration data from an acceleration sensor. When a main power of the game apparatus is turned on to display a main menu screen, the step counts are converted into earned coins, for example. In each of a plurality of applications to be executed by the game apparatus, a special item is purchased, or game playing on a special course is permitted by utilizing the earned coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Kawamoto, Kanako Tsugihashi, Ryutaro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10652157
    Abstract: An example of an information processing system includes an information processing terminal and a server configured to communicate with the information processing terminal. The information processing terminal starts an application in accordance with an instruction of a user and transmits identification information of the started application to the server. The server stores specifying information for specifying, from among a plurality of contents, a content or a group of contents as a target to be transmitted to the information processing terminal, in association with identification information of an application. The server receives identification information from the information processing terminal and selects, from the stored specifying information, specifying information associated with the identification information received from the information processing terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Yamashita, Yoji Kamikawa, Takashi Hosoi, Yusuke Inoue, Masahiro Yoshino, Shinpei Kiwada
  • Patent number: 10644515
    Abstract: An example information processing system includes a main device, and an operation device attachable to the main device. The operation device includes a first control circuit, a first battery, and a first power supply circuit. The main device includes a second control circuit, a second battery, and a second power supply circuit. The second power supply circuit supplies power from the second battery to the operation device in response to satisfaction of a condition about the amount of remaining charge indicated by the remaining charge amount information transmitted from the operation device. When power is supplied from the main device to the operation device, the first power supply circuit supplies power supplied from the main device to the first control circuit, instead of power from the first battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Tamaki, Hideto Matoba, Ryo Fukasawa, Shumpei Yasuda, Yasuyuki Shimohata, Toshiki Oizumi
  • Patent number: 10639546
    Abstract: A non-limiting example game apparatus comprises a main body apparatus functions as a vibration control apparatus and a first controller and a second controller that are attachable to or detachable from the main body apparatus. For example, the game apparatus is used in a first mode that two controller are attached to the main body apparatus, a second mode that the two controllers are detached from the main body apparatus and used independently, a third mode that the two controllers are detached from the main body apparatus and used with being connected integrally to each other, or a fourth mode that a third controller different from the two controllers is used. A vibration source and a reception portion of the vibration are set in a virtual space, and vibration generated from the vibration source is conveyed to the reception portion with being attenuated according to a situation in the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Yamashita, Takafumi Aoki
  • Patent number: 10639545
    Abstract: An example of a game system includes an operation section, and a vibrating portion provided in the same casing as the operation section. The game system performs a game process based on an output from the operation section. The game system outputs, to the vibrating portion, a vibration signal to cause the vibrating portion to produce a series of vibrations at predetermined points in time during the game process. The game system evaluates a game operation based on operations performed using the operation section in relation to the predetermined points in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haruka Kakinuma, Masato Mizuta, Hideki Fujii, Kazunobu Shimizu, Koji Sakai, Yusaku Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10632371
    Abstract: Vibration data for vibrating a vibrator is generated, and in accordance with a use form of a device including the vibrator, a first function or a second function is selected. Then, based on an amplitude value in the vibration data and the selected function, a new amplitude value is set, and vibration data including the set amplitude value is output to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Kyuma
  • Patent number: 10632368
    Abstract: An example of a game controller is removably attachable to a main unit having a main unit-side slide member and configured to execute game processes. The game controller includes: an operation section; and a controller-side slide member configured to slidably engage with the main unit-side slide member in a slide direction. The controller-side slide member has a first end and a second end in the slide direction, and the game controller is configured to be attached to the main unit by inserting the controller-side slide member into the main unit-side slide member from the first end. The controller-side slide member includes: a fixed portion that protrudes from a surface of the game controller and is fixed to the surface; and a pivoting portion that is connected to the fixed portion and is configured to pivot relative to the fixed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kumpei Fujita
  • Patent number: 10625150
    Abstract: Based on first data corresponding to at least one of a motion and an orientation of a first game controller and second data corresponding to at least one of a motion and an orientation of a second game controller, it is determined whether or not the first game controller and the second game controller are attached to an attachment, and based on the result of the determination, game processing is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Obayashi, Hiroki Omosako
  • Patent number: 10630532
    Abstract: An example of a wireless communication system includes a master apparatus and a slave apparatus. Upon receiving a participation request from the slave apparatus, the master apparatus generates an IP address of the slave apparatus, generates an ARP table in which an IP address and a MAC address of the master apparatus are associated with each other and the IP address and a MAC address of the slave apparatus are associated with each other, and transmits the ARP table to the slave apparatus. The slave apparatus stores the received ARP table therein. When transmitting data to the master apparatus, the slave apparatus transmits the data to the master apparatus with reference to the ARP table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Kanaya, Masayoshi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10617953
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a controller which receives an operation input of a user and an information processing unit which performs an information process based on the operation input received by the controller. The information processing unit includes a game progress unit which controls an own character in the virtual space based on the operation input of the user to draw the virtual space with the corresponding color of the own character and a battle determination unit which performs a battle determination based on a drawing state of a corresponding color of an enemy character, which is different from the corresponding color of the own character, to a virtual space and a drawing state of the corresponding color of the own character to the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shintaro Sato
  • Patent number: 10617944
    Abstract: An example of a game system includes a controller device and an information processing device. The controller device includes an inertia sensor and a vibrating portion. The controller device transmits, to the information processing device, operation data including data from the inertia sensor. The game system obtains operation data including data from the inertia sensor. The game system determines a speed of an operation of rotating the controller device based on the operation data. The game system vibrates the vibrating portion with an intensity that is determined in accordance with the speed of the rotating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Kojima, Masato Mizuta, Ryo Kataoka, Masaru Nii
  • Patent number: 10610772
    Abstract: A game system includes a plurality of pedometers. The plurality of step count data respectively counted by the plurality of pedometers are acquired in the game apparatus. In the game apparatus, by utilizing the plurality of step count data, a predetermined arithmetic operation is executed, and the result of the arithmetic operation is reflected on the game. Alternatively, in a server, a predetermined arithmetic operation is executed by utilizing the plurality of step count data, and the result of the arithmetic operation is reflected on the game in the game apparatus. For example, game processing depending on the number of players walking in the same time slot is executed, or game processing according to the totalized value of the accumulated total step count values of the plurality of pedometers is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Creatures Inc.
    Inventors: Naoya Morimura, Hirofumi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10610782
    Abstract: In an example of a game system, switching to an imaging mode is performed according to an operation performed by a player while a game is being performed. In the imaging mode, a virtual camera in a virtual space is rotated in a roll direction according to an operation performed by the player. In the game system, when rotation of the virtual camera in the roll direction represents a value greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold value, information indicating that 90 degrees rotation is to be performed is stored as rotation information of an image. In the game system, according to an instruction from the player, an image displayed on a screen at a time of the instruction, and the rotation information of the image are stored in a storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenta Motokura, Yusuke Kitazono, Youtarou Kiriyama, Wataru Tanaka
  • Patent number: D880602
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yui Ehara, Yuko Zenri, Junichiro Miyatake, Tetsuya Akama, Hitoshi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: D881993
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yui Ehara, Yuko Zenri, Junichiro Miyatake, Tetsuya Akama, Hitoshi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: D882690
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tsuchiya, Fumiyoshi Suetake, Yui Ehara, Yuko Zenri, Junichiro Miyatake, Tetsuya Akama
  • Patent number: D882691
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tsuchiya, Fumiyoshi Suetake, Yui Ehara, Yuko Zenri, Junichiro Miyatake, Tetsuya Akama
  • Patent number: D882692
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Tsuchiya, Fumiyoshi Suetake, Yui Ehara, Yuko Zenri, Junichiro Miyatake, Tetsuya Akama
  • Patent number: D882693
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yui Ehara, Yuko Zenri, Junichiro Miyatake, Tetsuya Akama, Hitoshi Tsuchiya