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Nintendo denied victory in WiiU.com domain dispute

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.

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Based in Australia and having come from a lengthy career in the Aussie games media, Brenna worked as VG247's remote Deputy Editor for several years, covering news and events from the other side of the planet to the rest of the team. After leaving VG247, Brenna retired from games media and crossed over to development, working as a writer on several video games.