Because the official trademark registration for Resident Evil 4 lists cartridges among other media. Here’s a picture of the trademark registration with this part highlighted:
As you can see, it mentions the following:
IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer game software; Computer games in the form of cartridges, cassettes, discs or tapes; Video game cartridges; Downloadable game software; Downloadable computer games; Electronic game programs for mobile phones and smart phones; Electronic game software for mobile phones and smart phones; Downloadable game program for playing on mobile phones and smart phones; Downloadable game software for playing on mobile phones and smart phones; Screen saver software and wallpaper software; Downloadable screen saver software and wallpaper software for mobile phones and smart phones; Downloadable graphics and music via a global computer network; Downloadable graphics, music and ring tones for mobile phones and smart phones
Note the phrase ‘video game cartridges’. That’s interesting, especially given how other games tend to only mention forms of media they’re actually released on. A Wii U game (for example) won’t have cartridges listed under goods and services. So Capcom does seem to be planning a release on a cartridge based system.
And it’s certainly got a precedent behind it. For example, Capcom released a Resident Evil game quite early in the lifespans for multiple Nintendo titles. Like the Resident Evil 1 remake, which came out in early 2002. Or Resident Evil Revelations for 3DS, out in less than a year after the 3DS was initially launched.
Add a January release for the game on other systems, and Resident Evil 7 seems perfectly timed for an NX launch title. So yeah, it’s definitely possible that Resident Evil 7 will be heading to Nintendo’s new system, and I think it’s likely it might be out at launch.
But what do you think? Is this trademark ruling proof the new Resident Evil game is coming to the Nintendo NX? Or is it just a coincidence of some sort?