Today, a gaming enthusiast named Pixelpar uncovered something that had been kept in the shadows prior to his now-widespread tweet: Nintendo has filed a trademark registration for 1080, a much-beloved snowboarding franchise that boasted well-regarded titles for both the N64 and GameCube. The company applied for this trademark on December 18, 2017, with the news for this trademark prompting speculation that a 1080 reboot or remaster could be racing towards release.
The original launch of 1080 Snowboarding was in 1998, exactly 20 years ago – which makes this year a great anniversary date for the title. Its Gamecube-based successor, 1080 Avalanche, came out in 2003 (a similarly anniversary-friendly 15 years ago). Nintendo’s requested trademark is still officially under examination, though there’s little reason why it would ultimately be rejected – the only real question is what the trademark will eventually be used for.
Gamers can take a look at Nintendo’s latest trademark application for 1080 below:
Nintendo has filed a trademark registration for 1080° Ten Eighty.
1080° Snowboarding was first released on N64 in 1998, hitting the Wii's Virtual Console 10 years later (in 2008). The sequel "1080° Avalanche" was released on GameCube in 2003. pic.twitter.com/VJ8wcesbv8
— Pixelpar (@pixelpar) January 9, 2018
It’s possible that Nintendo is just filing the trademark for an eventual release on the Switch’s long-awaited Virtual Console, which has plans to support Gamecube titles like Avalanche. More optimistic fans will be hoping that the trademark is among the first steps for a high-definition remaster, or even a potential series revival. The original 1080 Snowboarding is a much-beloved Nintendo classic, though it’s far too early to say what Nintendo has planned for the intellectual property’s role in the current console generation.
It’s also possible that Nintendo wants to include 1080 Snowboarding on the rumored N64 Classic. Releasing a modern edition of the N64 is a logical progression for Nintendo, as the prior releases of both the NES Classic and SNES Classic were met with much fervor and enthusiasm from nostalgic fans. Of course, the company has also filed a trademark implicating a potential Game Boy Classic, though it’s likely that Nintendo is just covering all of its bases, console-wise, for the time being.