Back in July, emulator sites LoveROMs and LoveRETRO were sued by Nintendo wanting $2 Million claiming trademark infringement and also wanting $150,000 for every game listed on their site.
EmuParadise, which has been around since 2000 has announced that they will not provide ROMs on their website stating that they will try and avoid “potentially disastrous consequences.”
Nintendo wasn’t named when they announced shutting down providing ROMs but everyone knows that it was only a matter of time before it happened. They seem to be taking every precaution by eliminating every title on every platform even though Nintendo seems to be the only one that goes after these emulator websites.
This is kind of a double-edged sword, on one hand, you want to be able to relive those retro games with ease of access that are virtually impossible to get a hold of without spending a ridiculous amount of money on eBay especially knowing that it’s rare to have those older consoles in good working order. On the other hand, you have to understand the business side of things and why Nintendo goes about things the way that they do.
This is a dark day for retro gamers that aren’t collectors and just want to revisit the old days or play classics for the first time.