Nintendo are going after the emulator scene with new lawsuits

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Published by FileTrekker 4 months ago , last updated 4 months ago

Of course it's not something we condone, but emulating classic games is a difficult subject and one that isn't going to go away any time soon - there's a huge community of gamers dedicated to creating emulators and preserving old games in the form of ROMs for all to enjoy. While some argue that it's just outright software piracy, others make the case for older consoles won't be around forever, and that the scene has an important part to play in video game preservation.

Nintendo have a very clear view on the matter, however - they're really not fond of it.

Nintendo have filed a new lawsuit against two large ROM-hosting websites, LoveROMs and LoveRETRO. The argument Nintendo put forward in their 27-page filing states that LoveROMs alone has over 17 million unique visitors every month, and that the widespread availability of Nintendo's games on these sites are one of the driving factors behind this. Nintendo argue that these sites have profited from Nintendo's IP by running advertising and collecting donations.

LoveROMs has removed all Nintendo games from it's site in response, and LoveRETRO has gone as far as to shut their site down completely. Nintendo are looking for damages in the range of $150,000 for each Nintendo game hosted on the sites, and nearly 2 Million for trademark infringement, as well as control of the domains and data.

Nintendo have also gone after a Game Boy Advance emulator built in Javascript, getting the GitHub repository shut down this past week, with a DMCA takedown notice issued to GitHub and the developer. The emulator allowed users to play a range of GameBoy Advance games within a web browser.

We're expecting Nintendo to continue to take firm and affirmative against both people who host Nintendo roms, and also developers of emulation software for their hardware. What do you think about their stance on emulation? Is it right to take these services down, or is it damaging an arguably legal backup of classic hardware and software? Let us know in the comments.

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