Nintendo have registered 3DSWare as a trademark in Japan, prompting speculation that the company could be set to offer a download service for their new 3DS handheld console.
Of course this wouldn't be a surprise as Nintendo already offer downloadable games and applications through their existing Wii and DS shopping channels.
However, many fans would like to see a Virtual Console-style service which enables gamers to download old Game Boy games for their handheld.
In addition to 3DSWare, Nintendo also regsitered a number of other handheld related trademarks including 3DSPlay, DSMovie and DSMagazine.
Here's the full list:-
è2010-021711 j"e"h[Rcr (Nintendo 3DS)
è2010-021713 m"...@Rcrv'... (Nintendo 3DSWare)
è2010-024659 |P"J[hQ[€ (Pokemon Card Game)
è2010-024660 g[i[YEFuTCg (Trainers Web Site)
è2010-024661 g[i[Y (Trainers)
Despite registering these trademarks, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata recently told investors that 3DS is not the formal name for the handheld.