Has King K Rool Won the Smash Bros Character Ballot

It may just be an interesting coincidence, but as of DK Jungle Climber’s release on Virtual Console, it seems like Nintendo has trademarked K Rool’s name.  Here’s the description, in case you can’t spot it:

King K. Rool™ is up to no good again, and it’s up to Donkey Kong™ to swing into action. Using a simple control scheme that makes the game fun and easy to play, players of all skill levels can swing and climb to new heights.

People pretty quickly guessed that this had something to do with Smash Bros:

But is it true? Well,it is pretty suspicious that a character that Nintendo hasn’t used for a while (and hasn’t trademarked the name of before) suddenly gets a registered trademark just a few months prior to the Smash Bros ballot results being revealed.  Okay, it could potentially have something to do with Jungle Climber (he’s in that game as well, obviously), but come on.  Paon’s game is pretty much ignored by just about everyone, and they didn’t exactly trademark his name back when Donkey Kong Country 1 or 2 came out…

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Above: The original game’s description does not show any trademarks.

Add how King K Rool is very clearly winning the fan’s votes at the moment, and it seems likely Nintendo’s already decided to use him as Smash Bros character DLC. But what do you think? Does this trademark fiasco hint at the king making his return in Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U?

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