Exhausted of legal threats, emulation hub EmuParadise drops its ROM library

Joanna Estrada
August 10, 2018

"I started EmuParadise 18 years ago because I never got to play many of these wonderful retro games while growing up in India and I wanted other people to be able to experience them", he added.

While the post was careful not to point the finger at any direction, "they" in the post is likely indicating Nintendo, which has been making legal actions to take down ROM distribution of games made for their platforms for the last few weeks. Therefore, all ROMs have been removed for now, although the site will continue to host video game emulators. Today, however, site founder MasJ released a statement titled "EmuParadise is Changing", and explained that in order to avoid continued legal battles and takedown notices that could "risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years", EmuParadise ROM downloads would no longer be available. "But you won't be able to get your games from here for now", as MasJ writes.

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

Earlier this year, EmuParadise made the decision to remove all Nintendo ROMs from the site after the company went on a lawsuit spree against other similar sites, like the $100 million lawsuit against both LoveROMS and LoveRETRO. Though the site has always teetered on the edge of legality, retro gamers on a budget have been downloading and playing classic titles from the website for roughly 18 years. Notably, MasJ didn't mention Nintendo or any other gaming giant by name in his post at all, though it's clear they were a factor. The site has received thankful letters from users who were stationed overseas in the military, were happy to share their childhood games with the next generation, those who found solace in the ROMs after losing a loved one, and many more. There are countless stories like these. "We'd also love to hear from you in the comments about what you think we should do".

We'll still have our emulators database, the community, and everything that comes along with that.

But every end is a new beginning and we're excited to find a way forward to continue being your #1 emulation destination.

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