Nintendo Lawsuits Lead to EmuParadise Removing Retro Game ROMs

10 August, 2018, 02:38 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • Massively Popular ROM Site EmuParadise Effectively Shut Down After 18 Years

If you are holding a drink in your hand, pour one out for EmuParadise, a massively popular retro gaming website and previously one of the biggest resources for game ROMs. Companies like Nintendo are using their legal authority to target ROM sites now more than ever, undoubtedly due to the launch of the company's recent Classic-series game consoles.

"I started EmuParadise 18 years ago because I never got to play many of these fantastic retro games while growing up in India and I wanted other people to be able to experience them", he added.

In a blog post on Wednesday, EmuParadise founder who goes by the alias "MasJ" admitted that his site, which began in March 2000, could no longer operate in the current environment and that retro game lovers "won't be able to get [their] games from here for now" because he couldn't think of a way that would "keep [EmuParadise] out of trouble". The company did so by suing the Arizona man that allegedly owns them, claiming video game piracy.

The removal of all ROMs from EmuParadise doesn't spell the end for the site entirely. Today, however, site founder MasJ released a statement titled "EmuParadise is Changing", and explained that in order to avoid continued legal battles and takedown notices that could "risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years", EmuParadise ROM downloads would no longer be available.

EmuParadise was started 18 years ago, and has survived previous attempts to hamper the site.

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Rather the close down completely, the site, which has been online for 18 years, will continue to host listings for countless retro games and will focus on the community side of the website, and its database of emulators. But I believe it is the right thing for us at this point of time.

Thus, we have decided to make a new start. We will continue to be passionate retro gamers and will keep doing cool stuff around retro games.

If you've been alive for more than a couple of decades, you've probably played a few "retro" games in your lifetime. Where we go with this is up to us and up to you.

We have already made several plans of what is going to happen next.

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