Aug 13, 2018

Nintendo cracks down on retro games downloads

EmuParadise, an 18-year-old website offering downloads of classic computer games, has voluntarily shut down following legal action by Nintendo against two similar online portals. In its legal action, Nintendo is seeking $150,000 for each Nintendo game offered and up to $2m for each trademark infringement. "We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times. Unfortunately, it's not possible right now to do so in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble," wrote founder MasJ. The two websites named in Nintendo's legal action, filed in Arizona, were LoveRetro and LoveRoms, and were both registered to the same company, Mathias Designs. The sites made old games available in the Rom format, which is typically a copy of all the data on the read-only memory of a video game cartridge. Rom games are popular among retro gaming fans, although they are rarely authorised by the companies who developed the original games.

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