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EmuParadise Removes ROMs After Nintendo Sued Other ROM Sites

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-08-09 02:53:59
Digital Liberty

Retro game repository EmuParadise says it's finished distributing ROMs []

Nintendo has had enough of pirates and the websites that enable them, like EmuParadise. After shutting down a handful of sites and a Game Boy Advance emulator on GitHub in July [], the publisher has seemingly done the work to convince EmuParadise to shut down. This massive online library of downloadable old games started 18 years ago, and up until this moment it hosted nearly complete libraries of games for various consoles that you could download and play on emulators.

Playing ROMs, as these game files are often referred to as, on an emulator exists in a legal gray area, but distributing these copyrighted works for download on the internet is obviously and clearly illegal. But Nintendo and other publishers have mostly avoided investing resources in tracking down and enforcing its legal right in many of these cases over the last couple of decades. For Nintendo, however, something has changed, and it is cracking down. And EmuParadise has confirmed that it is going to do what it must to avoid facing legal action.

"We will continue to be passionate retro gamers and will keep doing cool stuff around retro games, but you won't be able to get your games from here for now," reads an EmuParadise blog post []. "Where we go with this is up to us and up to you."

Read-only memory (ROM) image [].

Also at Kotaku [] and TechCrunch [].

Previously: Nintendo Sues ROM Sites []

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