Nintendo Files "Messaging Service" Patent

A Nintendo messaging service patent filed in the US was discovered yesterday, conjuring up ideas of what Nintendo might be up to with VoIP and messaging systems between their consoles. IGN writes: “Will we be sending messages and chatting during games of Bonk’s Adventure? Or more impressively, does this mean a DS user on the go could text- or voice-chat with a friend at home playing Wii? What about DS-to-DS communication? Nintendo seems to have wide ambitions here, and the possibilities are striking.”

Do you think Nintendo will really pursue this avenue, or is it merely one of the millions of patents that never do anything?