Nintendo Lawsuits Lead to EmuParadise Removing Retro Game ROMs

Massively Popular ROM Site EmuParadise Effectively Shut Down After 18 Years

Although unconfirmed, the recent move by Nintendo to file legal action against two other prominent ROM sites LoveROMs and LoveRETRO - which the firm slammed for "brazen and mass-scale infringement of Nintendo's intellectual property rites" - is likely to blame.

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

The announcement says the "situation with regards to emulation sites has been changing recently", and administrators don't want to put the site's contributors at risk by continuing to host potentially-illegal content. "Where we go with this is up to us and up to you". At this point, we don't entirely know what will happen with the site next, but whatever it ends up being, it won't offer ROM downloads anymore.

If you've been alive for more than a couple of decades, you've probably played a few "retro" games in your lifetime.

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"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.

Android users who regularly use emulators may soon find it much harder to find retro games to play on the go.

EmuParadise has been running since 2000, and it's a good bet many of you have visited the site from time to time (it's easily one of the most popular ROM and emulator destinations online) to download a classic game from your childhood that you felt like catching up with again.

"Through the years I've worked tirelessly with the rest of the EmuParadise team to ensure that everyone could get their fix of retro gaming", reads the blog post. Unfortunately, it's not possible right now to do so in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble ... "We had been thinking about it for a while but (Nintendo's lawsuit) definitely helped us make the decision", the website's owner told PCMag. The founder notes that while hosting old games through EmuParadise has always been a challenge, the website had to make a drastic change this time as "the direction they are going in could not be more than clear". This is alluded into the opening paragraph in EmuParadise's statement.

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