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Nintendo denied WiiU domain

Nintendo denied WiiU domain

WiiU.com runs links and ads for online courses and Nintendo-related search terms and will stay with its current owner.

Nintendo has lost its battle against the domain squatter sat on WiiU.com for a claim over the domain.

Nintendo of America filed a cyber-squatting complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in February and the decision was posted over the weekend. No explanation of why the complaint was refused has been offered.

The WiiU.com domain is currently registered to a company in Massachusetts in the US and has been with the company since 2004. The site includes links to online degrees and Wii-related search terms.

Before the original complaint, the domain was set for auction on domain name auctioning site SnapNames, but the auction was withdrawn once the case was filed with WIPO.

According to analytics site Compete, WiiU.com pulls in a decent amount of traffic, with visitor volumes hitting between 6,000 and 7,000 around the launch of Nintendo's new console.

According to Nintendo of America chief executive and president Satoru Iwata speaking to investors, the Wii U will see more titles launched by 2014 than weren't shown off at E3.

There was more info than could be released at E3,' said Iwata. 'Don’t want to leave a long gap between announcement/release of new game types that would lessen the impact or allow competitors to copy.'

Some of the upcoming Wii U titles that were announced at E3 included Super Mario 3D World, Wind Waker HD, Mario Kart 8, Pikmin 3, Super Smash Bros U and Bayonetta 2.

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notmeagain 1st July 2013, 12:31 Quote
What does the second half of the announce have to do with the first?

What was nintendo's reaction to the dispute?
Any future plans with the domain?

Domain nogo
btw, they have some games.
Corky42 1st July 2013, 12:34 Quote
You would think the big wiggs would have consider something like this before settling on a name for the WiiU, seeing as the domain was registered in 2004 and the WiiU launched 9 odd years later.
And is it just me that things WIPO sounds like a delicious ice cream
stuartwood89 2nd July 2013, 12:12 Quote
There is nothing I hate more than domain squatters.

...But it's nice to see the WiiU has a good lineup this coming year.
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