Lawsuit threat shuts down ROM downloads on major emulation site

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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.

In a post titled "EmuParadise is Changing", the founder of EmuParadise announced that the website will not host retro games anymore, to not to "risk potentially disastrous consequences" from continuing the hosting.

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. The company did so by suing the Arizona man that allegedly owns them, claiming video game piracy. These links leave Siliconera.

"We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times", said MasJ.

MasJ noted that they have dealt with issues in "all 18 years of [the site's] existence" and have "always complied with takedown requests". "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. There are countless stories like these.


This is an extremely emotional decision for me after running this site for so many years. 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.

"When I started EmuParadise things could have gone either way", the owner added.

The site will continue to live on by doing "cool stuff around retro games", but it's not clear what that means - perhaps it will turn into a general retro gaming discussion platform, a marketplace, or something else entirely.

While the site's ROM library is no longer available, MasJ does say that they will still be able to provide a database of emulators - you'll just have to find the files to play on them elsewhere. The writer of the blog post admits that where the website goes from here is partially up to the users, but they do have "several plans" regarding what happens next. Where we go with this is up to us and up to you. But for now, we need to make this change.

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