Nintendo wants WiiU.com domain, files cybersquatting complaint

The latest sales numbers of Nintendo’s Wii U are not good, so maybe a new website at WiiU.com can help the cause.

Unfortunately for Nintendo, someone else owns the WiiU.com domain name. And so today the company filed a cybersquatting complaint with the World Intellectual Property Forum to snatch it back.

According to domainnewswire.com, WiiU.com was registered back in 2004 and then likely renewed last month. You can actually buy the domain for $8,499 on BuyDomains, but it looks like Nintendo doesn’t want to go that route.

Nintendo reportedly sold just 57,000 Wii U’s last month, barely 20 percent of what Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (281,000) sold during the same time frame. That’s also a far cry from its predecessor, the Wii, which sold 435,000 units in its first January on shelves in 2007.

Things aren’t exactly going well for Nintendo. On its earnings call two weeks ago,the company reduced sales forecasts for the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and DS for the current quarter. That followed a previous reduction in October. Nintendo had expected to sell 5.5 million Wii U’s by March, on a cumulative basis, but now the company predicts the total number will be just 4 million.

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  • http://twitter.com/Vroo Vroo (Bruce Leban)

    This was registered more than 2 years before Nintendo announced the name Wii. I guess with sales being what they are, Nintendo can’t afford the $8499.

  • Draygoth

    If you look at past sales data for all consoles for this time of year, the WiiU is selling more than the PS3 and Xbox360 in the same time. Stop being sensationalist.