EmuParadise removes ROMs amid fears of legal action

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Popular retro gaming site EmuParadise has taken its extensive collection of game ROMs from retro consoles down. 

The move follows legal action launched by Nintendo against the ROM websites LoveROMs and LoveRETRO, as we reported. In a post on EmuParadise’s website, founder MasJ said: “It’s not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences. I cannot in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years. 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. Thus, we have decided to make a new start. We will continue to be passionate retro gamers and will keep doing cool stuff around retro games. But you won’t be able to get your games from here for now. Where we go with this is up to us and up to you.” 

MasJ added: “We’ll still have our emulators database, the community, and everything that comes along with that. We have already made several plans of what is going to happen next.” 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. We’ve always complied with takedown requests but as you can see, that is no guarantee of anything.”

In the wake of Nintendo’s sudden wave of litigation against LoveROMs and LoveRETRO, these are clearly tricky times for ROM websites. But we’ll see whether the situation improves with time.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.