Sony Goes Trademark Crazy With Legend Of Kunoichi, Smashbreak & MoreS

Sony Computer Entertainment has filed a quartet of new trademarks that may offer a peek into the PlayStation 3 and PSP maker's upcoming software plans, including a new ninja game.

Of the four new trademarks filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it's only Legend of Kunoichi that gives us a sense of what Sony has planned, something starring a female ninja on some PlayStation platform. And it's likely not a reference to Sega's PlayStation 2 sequel to Shinobi, known as Nightshade in the West, Kunoichi in Japan and pictured above.

Three other titles, Smashbreak, Digi-tiles and Earthshield, sure sound like smaller puzzle or arcade games, the type of content that sound ideal for PSP minis releases or PlayStation Network games. (The trademarks are protected for "game software for hand-held equipment with liquid crystal display" and "downloadable video game software," but Sony may simply be overprotective.)

Another option? Smaller games for the PlayStation 3's motion controller, due relatively soonish.

Legend Of Kunoichi, Smashbreak, Digi-tiles & Earthshield [USPTO]