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Konami files trademark application for "Turbografx"

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Rösti

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Specimen supplied by Konami. World Class Baseball (known as Power League in Japan) was released in 1988/1989 for PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16. It was later re-released for the Wii Virtual Console in 2007.

On December 1, 2016, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. filed in the US via the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a trademark application for "Turbografx". It is a 1A;1B (Application based on use in commerce, Application based on intent to use) application, and entered the Trademark Reporting and Monitoring System (TRAM) yesterday on Dec. 05, 2016.

Word Mark TURBOGRAFX
Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Video game software; video game programs; computer game programs; computer game software; electronic game programs; Game controllers for consumer video game consoles for use with an external display screen or monitor. FIRST USE: 19890800. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19890800
IC 028. US 022 023 038 050. G & S: Video game consoles; video game consoles for use with an external display screen or monitor

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, providing online computer games accessible via video game consoles, handheld game consoles, wireless devices, mobile phones and computers; providing online computer games via network between communications networks; providing information in the field of games; arranging, organizing and conducting computer game tournaments

Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 87253583
Filing Date December 1, 2016
Current Basis 1A;1B
Original Filing Basis 1A;1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. CORPORATION JAPAN 9-7-2, Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo JAPAN
Attorney of Record Bassam N. Ibrahim
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE
Source: http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=87253583&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch

As far as I can tell, the goods and services do not include mentions of wagers (pachinko), so perhaps this could mean Turbografx/PC Engine games to be released for digital platforms? Some games Konami published for the system include Parodius, Life Force, Gradius, Detana!! TwinBee, Snatcher and Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo.

Remember that Konami controls Hudson, one of the developers (the other being NEC Home Electronics) of TurboGrafx-16. There you have it anyway.
 

OrbitalBeard

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Hopefully this means TG-16 will have a strong presence on the Switch Virtual Console, among other platforms.
 

liquidtmd

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I think we can all agree whatever it is if it is gaming related, it will be the lowest required effort project available to them and equally agree they will somehow screw it up

Imagining ports of TurboGrafx games that somehow brick my PS4
 
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I think we can all agree whatever it is if it is gaming related, it will be the lowest required effort project available to them and equally agree they will somehow screw it up

Imagining ports of TurboGrafx games that somehow brick my PS4
+1
 

ZealousD

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I know Kanye was floating Turbografx-16 as a possible name for his next album. Is there some other part of the joke I'm missing?
 

Ridley327

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You know, I always wondered by Konami didn't take more of an SNK approach to the TG16/CD catalog, but I imagine it wasn't anything more complex than Hudson having a great relationship with Nintendo and being left to their own devices for a while after Konami bought them.

Regardless, seeing them re-released is good news for everyone, since TG16 is a haven for all kinds of neat little B-games.
 

calder

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The first console my little brother and I spent our own money on, it will always have a special place in my heart. Not thrilled to see Konami sully it's name in any way, and since sullying is 98% of what Konami does now... :p
 

tebunker

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Incoming always connected online repackaged releases of 3 TG16/PCE games per set for like $25 or something stupid.

Seriously though I fully expect it to be something horrible and not VC releases.

Activision released two Atari collections for $20 each that should of been all of it for $20. You don't think ole Konami sees that and is dreaming of even better ways to fuck that up?
 

jluedtke

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Turbografx Mini incoming! It's the size of a PC Engine and has a TurboCD expansion port. Boom!

But really, my best guess is it means there's hope for Switch VC. A tiny, tiny, glimmer of hope.
 

PixyJunket

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I don't trust them to do anything with this, they've basically wasted the TurboGrafx library and the Hudson legacy since buying and killing them.
 

Dreamwriter

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Maybe Konami is going to jump into the ring as a console manufacturer! The Turbografx Revive will directly compete with Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. All this pachinko stuff was really just to get into the hardware manufacturing business, to learn how to do it right. And they've been secretly having their dev teams work on their classic console franchises for this, which is why they haven't been releasing much on other consoles.
 

bigol

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Maybe Konami is going to jump into the ring as a console manufacturer! The Turbografx Revive will directly compete with Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. All this pachinko stuff was really just to get into the hardware manufacturing business, to learn how to do it right. And they've been secretly having their dev teams work on their classic console franchises for this, which is why they haven't been releasing much on other consoles.
Dreamwriter.
 

LostDonkey

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Maybe they will have a mini game inside the game that uses the trademark. Like when they had an ipod in Metal Gear.
 

NolbertoS

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I remember when there were Turbografx 16 boorhs at all Radio Shacks. Played the shit outta Keith Courage in Alpha Zone. Thats one game I wish was released on 3DS VC. I would kill for a next gen Bonk, Adventure Island and Keith Courage
 

witchedwiz

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so I should expect every console producer to give us a re-run of old games and emulated console and charging for it?
Like..
super nintendo classic edition?
I can dig it.. if only nintendo 8 bit "re-edition" had a proper games list :/
 

samred

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someone, please confirm that there's a Konami team finally unsticking their heads from their asses and getting their Hudson properties (UH BOMBERMAN) back on track.

no? not at all? okay, then. sorry to bother.