In the final months before the NX is formally unveiled, the once hyperactive rumor mill seems to have ground to a halt. In a way, it’s been a nice change of pace, as most of the rumors that came along turned out to be admitted hoaxes or didn’t have much informational basis to begin with. It’s a combination of those two factors that makes a newly surfaced piece of information about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nintendo NX a bit more intriguing.

NeoGAF user Atheerios, an enterprising trademark detective, noticed something peculiar about Nintendo’s U.S. trademark for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Under the Goods and Services section of the newly filed trademark, both video game discs and video game cartridges are listed. This stands in contrast to all other Wii U software trademarks, where only video game discs are mentioned.

Since the new trademark applies to both the Wii U and NX versions of Breath of the Wild, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that “video game cartridges,” in this case, applies to the NX version of the game. Of course, there’s also the chance that it’s just a catch-all approach to this new cross-platform filing, or even simple misdirection.

This isn’t the first NX rumor that has hinted at the use of cartridges for Nintendo’s new system. In early May, Micronix – the company that provides Nintendo’s ROM chips, divulged some order information that could also be pointing toward cartridge-based software for the NX.

As far as rumors go, you can do a lot worse than hard data from a trademark filing. But until Nintendo reveals anything officially, we’ll continue to call this one speculation.

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Brittin literally grew up with Link, Mario and Samus. These three characters and their worlds collectively capture everything that he loves about video games.

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