06155926 is referenced by 145 patents and cites 44 patents.

A video game system includes a game cartridge which is pluggably attached to a main console having a main processor, a 3D graphics generating coprocessor, expandable main memory and player controllers. A multifunctional peripheral processing subsystem external to the game microprocessor and coprocessor is described which executes commands for handling player controller input/output to thereby lessen the processing burden on the graphics processing subsystem. The video game methodology involves game level organization features, camera perspective or point of view control features, and a wide array of animation and character control features. The system changes the "camera" angle (i.e., the displayed point of view in the three-dimensional world) automatically based upon various conditions and in response to actuation of a plurality of distinct controller keys/buttons/switches, e.g., four "C" buttons in the exemplary embodiment. The control keys allow the user at any time to move in for a close up or pull back for a wide view or pan the camera to the right and left to change the apparent camera angle. Such user initiated camera manipulation permits a player to better judge jumps or determine mole precisely where an object is located in relation to the player controlled character. The video game system and methodology features a unique player controller, which permits control over a character's exploration of the three-dimensional world to an unprecedented extent. A player controlled character may be controlled in a multitude of different ways utilizing the combination of the joystick and/or cross-switch and/or control keys and a wide range of animation effects are generated.

Title
Video game system and method with enhanced three-dimensional character and background control
Application Number
765474
Publication Number
6155926
Application Date
May 16, 1997
Publication Date
December 5, 2000
Inventor
Satoshi Nishiumi
Kyoto
JP
Takumi Kawagoe
Kyoto
JP
Yasunari Nishida
Kyoto
JP
Shigeru Miyamoto
Kyoto
JP
Agent
Nixon & Vanderhye P C
Assignee
Nintendo
JP
IPC
A63F 9/00
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