Patent US7762893

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"US7762893" was a design concept for a touch-based strategy game highly resembling the Pikmin series on a device that bears a remarkable resemblance to the Nintendo DS. [1] It was filed as a patent in January 2006 by Yuji Kando and Yutaka Hirameki[2], who respectively are the main programmers and level designers for Pikmin and Pikmin 2.

According to the patent, gameplay would involve players controlling Pikmin-like characters with a "pointing device", with the objective being to guide these units to other objects so that they can interact in certain ways. [3]

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  1. The Kyoto Report: Prototype Database
  2. United States Patent: 7762893 - United States Patent and Trademark Office
  3. Patented Game Mechanics That Might Surprise You, Page 11 - GameSpot.com

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