In a surprising twist, Nintendo has been unsuccessful in a complaint against the owners of WiiU.com, which remains beyond the platform holders reach for now.
Fusible reports Nintendo filed a complaint against the alleged cyber-squatters in February, but against all expectations the World Intellectual Property Organization ruled against the company.
What makes the case a little more painful is that Nintendo had the opportunity to pick the domain up at auction, but the owners withdrew the listing when Nintendo took the legal route.
Nintendo’s only recourse now is to attempt to purchase the domain directly from its current owners; it had to fork over for Wii.com in 2006, too.
WiiU.com is an empty page displaying various ads.
Microsoft has been in the domain dispute news a lot recently, but Fusible notes that Sony doesn’t own PlayStation 4 and is yet to file a dispute – although that doesn’t rule out the possibility of a deal being brokered privately.