Fearing legal action, emulation hub EmuParadise is removing all of its ROMs

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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. What is different now is that Nintendo is wielding a heavy legal hammer and is actively looking to smash ROM sites with it.

In an announcement post (via Kotaku), the site's founder, MasJ, explained that continuing to offer downloads for video game ROM files could lead to "potentially disastrous consequences", citing the changing legal landscape for the decision to remove thousands of download links.

For now, it looks as though emulators are still available for download, but ROMs and ISOs are completely gone. And he revealed that: "From receiving threatening letters in the early days to our hosts suddenly shutting down our servers due to complaints, we've seen it all". "But you won't be able to get your games from here for now", as MasJ writes.

"I started EmuParadise 18 years ago because I never got to play many of these unbelievable retro games while growing up in India and I wanted other people to be able to experience them", he added. Over the years, many folks have joined in and contributed to this vision and I think I can say that we've been successful in spreading our passion for retro games far and wide. That means one of the best-known and most secure ways of downloading retro console games and the emulators required to play them on modern PCs will no longer be available.

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MasJ added: "We'll still have our emulators database, the community, and everything that comes along with that". Did any of you use EmuParadise over the years?

The decision has been met with sadness and anger from retro game fans, including notable video game historians who have noted that ROM sites have, up until now, played a crucial role in cataloging and archiving games that may otherwise have been unavailable to new players or lost entirely. 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".

You can read the full statement on EmuParadise here.

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