Nintendo gains rights to SuperMario.com, more than 25 years after game’s release

Super Mario Bros.

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 25 years since Nintendo released Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.  In 2010, Super Mario Bros. celebrated its 25th anniversary.  But in all these years, Nintendo hasn’t owned the matching domain to one of the most beloved games of all time. 

That’s changed for 2011, as Nintendo has finally gained control of the domain name: SuperMario.com.

Back in early August, Nintendo filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Case Number D2011-1348), however even though the case is still listed as active, it appears the case is closed as SuperMario.com is now registered to Nintendo of America Inc. as of September 25, 2011.

It’s possible WIPO’s online database has not been updated at the time of this story.  It’s also possible that Nintendo reached an agreement with the name’s previous owner before WIPO could review the case.  Of course, it’s even possible the owner fearing legal problems for hosting Super Mario games on the web address, simply turned over the name.

The company still doesn’t own SuperMarioBros.com, SuperMarioBrothers.com, MarioBros.com or MarioBrothers.com, but it does have a win with SuperMario.com.

Here’s a look at the updated Whois record.

Domain Name………. supermario.com
  Creation Date…….. 1996-02-24
  Registration Date…. 2011-09-25
  Expiry Date………. 2013-02-26
  Organisation Name…. Nintendo of America Inc.
  Organisation Address. 4600 150th Ave. N.E.
  Organisation Address.
  Organisation Address. Redmond
  Organisation Address. 98052
  Organisation Address. WA
  Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

Admin Name……….. Web Master
  Admin Address…….. 4600 150th Ave. N.E.
  Admin Address……..
  Admin Address…….. Redmond
  Admin Address…….. 98052
  Admin Address…….. WA
  Admin Address…….. UNITED STATES
  Admin Email……….
  Admin Phone………. +425.8822040
  Admin Fax………… +425.8823585

Discussion: Game Informer, Destructoid and Nintendo Life

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