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'Pokemon X' and 'Pokemon Y' publisher files trademarks for potential Wii U games

'Pokemon Rumble U' for Wii U
'Pokemon Rumble U' for Wii U
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

Nintendo, the publisher of "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y," has filed trademarks for what may be two potential new games for the franchise. According to a report from Gaming Everything on May 5, the company has acquired the rights to "Pokken Fighters" and "Pokken Tournament" in Europe. The filing was done by The Pokemon Company International, a subsidiary of Nintendo.

The listings mentioned that the trademarks can be used in video games as well as near field communication devices such as figurines. The Wii U game pad has the NFC technology that was demonstrated in a leaked "Rayman Legends" video as players were able to bring real life objects into the game. For example, a heart object was imported into the 2D platforming title after it was placed on top of the game pad, giving extra lives to the player.

The names of "Pokken Fighters" and "Pokken Tournament" suggest that the two titles may be related to "Pokemon." The popular franchise is already a big seller from Nintendo with multiple video games as well as a television show, trading card game and other types of merchandise. The publisher may be looking to capitalize on the success of the "Skylanders" franchise, which features a somewhat unique formula where customers have to buy a new physical figurine in order to use a character in the video game.

A similar concept was used with the release of "Pokemon Rumble U." The Wii U exclusive downloadable game give players the option of buying a figurines and then scan the objects into the video game using NFC. You can find an image featuring the digital title from the official "Pokemon" Twitter page with the picture located near the top of this article.

The aforesaid "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y" are the latest releases from the traditional role-playing series. Nintendo previously disclosed that they don't plan on releasing the mainline installments on the Wii U due to some advantages of the Nintendo 3DS, such as the portability of the handheld system. The two games, which came out on Oct. 12 in 2013, managed to sell more than 12 million copies across all regions so far.