Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Video Game ROM Site Bows Out Fearing Nintendo Legal Action

Massively Popular ROM Site EmuParadise Effectively Shut Down After 18 Years 18-year-old retro gaming ROM site EmuParadise effectively closes its doors
Roberta Sherman | 10 August, 2018, 02:39

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.

In a recent blog post, the staff at EmuParadise made the announcement that they have removed all of their download links for ROMs and ISOs.

"I started EmuParadise 18 years ago because I never got to play many of these awesome retro games while growing up in India and I wanted other people to be able to experience them", he added. Today, EmuParadise, a longstanding emulation hub around since 2000, announced that it will no longer host ROMs on its site because it is not worth risking the "potentially disastrous consequences".

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Whether they were titles from the original Atari 2600, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or any other console, older games hold a special place in the hearts of many.

EmuParadise ROM downloads are no longer available on the site, which was a move made by the staff to avoid legal ramifications.

EmuParadise was started 18 years ago, and has survived previous attempts to hamper the site. "I can not in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years", continues the post.

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While Nintendo's lawsuit was not stated outright to be the direct reason, the EmuParadise team states that the situation regarding emulation sites has been changing recently, though this is not something new to the site. Unfortunately, it's not possible right now to do so in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble ... It appears that this has helped spark a new level of fear among such sites, as EmuParadise - one of the biggest ROM sites on the web - has chose to change its ways. We've had emails from soldiers at war saying that the only way they got through their days was to be lost in the retro games that they played from when they were children.

If you've been alive for more than a couple of decades, you've probably played a few "retro" games in your lifetime. "We'd also love to hear from you in the comments about what you think we should do".

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