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In February, Nintendo attempted to take WiiU.com away from someone who was squatting on the domain by filing a complaint. The World Intellectual Property Organization denied Nintendo's claim, and WiiU.com still belongs to the original owner. The WIPO did not cite a specific reason why the filing was denied.
The WiiU.com domain was registered well before even the Wii was announced back in 2004. Currently the site redirects to a number of related and unrelated Wii U links.
Fusible noticed the WIPO's denial, and points out that the domain was up for auction only a few days before Nintendo filed its complaint. Nintendo could have bought the domain then for a reasonable price, but now its unclear if Nintendo will be able to get the domain name without having to negotiate directly with the current owner.
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What in the hell would anybody use "Wii U.com" for as a site back in 2004? Seriously?! They didn't even know about the Wii back then [or so we know], much less the Wii U. Somebody had some major inside knowledge me thinks.
I'm glad that the WIPO didn't just give it to Nintendo. I mean I know Nintendo has a greater use for it, but like the article says, they didn't bid on it when they could've.
that guy it going to get paid so much money
That's a shame!
lol. Why is it that these companies name their consoles before putting their stupid names in a browser and checking for this kind of *** first? Microsoft also had troubles with XboxOne.com. They really earn the big bucks thinking like that! I'm shocked that Wii2.com wasn't parked -- this guy is some kind of psychic to have registered the WiiU domain back in 2004! He honestly deserves it - that's just uncanny!
They should squeeze Nintendo.
This has to b pretty frustrating for them, although I think denying then the domain is the right choice.
Nintendo should concentrate on other battles: there is a war coming, and they don't have a lot of soldiers to keep from dying in the console market. Let the site go, it's not worth the $ the owner would likely seek to own it.
This is why we can't have nice things. Not sure how companies go about getting domains, but will Nintendo have to pay the owner of the domain now if they want to use it?
This is notably hilarious
Quit your crying n do it already.
You cant just have things given to you Nintendo, you gotta go get em'. Something you've failed to do these last couple years. Too many unsmart moves. Should have never named it the wii u!!!
This reminds me of a friend of mine who got contacted by a video game company who kindly asked her if she could give up the web domain and in return they gave her some nice stuff. She was going to use the web domain productively before changing it to something else. Sadly this is not the case for Nintendo.
crap that was just bad luck right there