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User Info: waterdeepchu

waterdeepchu
2 months ago#1
Its obviously a yo-yo. its very strange.
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User Info: BareknuckleRoo

BareknuckleRoo
2 months ago#2
If you're asking about the Morning Star/Shooting Star weapons, they're technically flails (spiked ball connected to a handle by a chain) that behave like a yo-yo.

User Info: NextSundayAD

NextSundayAD
1 month ago#3
TC is referring to the Virtual Console version, where the Island Yo-yo is called "Island Star" because apparently Yo-yo is a trademarked name

It's... really f***ing stupid. Plenty of other games have yo-yo weapons (EarthBound, Kirby, etc) and they never had any issues
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User Info: BareknuckleRoo

BareknuckleRoo
1 month ago#4
That's a very bizarre change. In 1965 it was determined that the term "yo-yo" was so widely known as a descriptor for that toy that it was considered common speech, and thus the founding company no longer had exclusive rights to the name (founded in 1928): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yo-yo

Declining sales after the Second World War prompted Duncan to launch a comeback campaign for his trademarked "Yo-Yo" in 1962 with a series of television advertisements. In a trademark case in 1965, a federal court's appeals ruled in favor of the Royal Tops Company, determining that yo-yo had become a part of common speech and that Duncan no longer had exclusive rights to the term.

So Nintendo has literally no reason to fear a lawsuit over the use of the word "yo-yo" in a game made in the 90s. Anyone who tried to sue them over it would be filing an obviously frivolous lawsuit.
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