EmuParadise takes down all ROMs from its website following Nintendo's legal actions

Massively Popular ROM Site EmuParadise Effectively Shut Down After 18 Years

EmuParadise is throwing in the towel after Nintendo forced the shut down of two separate ROM providing websites, LoveROMs.com and LoveRETRO.co.

Fans of retro video games will no longer be able to download them from EmuParadise.

ROM sites shutting down only feels as big as it does because of the completely abysmal job the video game industry has done keeping its games available.

One of the oldest and most popular emulator websites, EmuParadise, has removed all ROM download links from its site. "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.

However, EmuParadise founder noted in the letter to the community that a lot of good has come from running the site for more than 18 years.

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"Many of you are aware that the situation with regards to emulation sites has been changing recently", site founder MasJ said in a statement.

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. "Unfortunately, it's not possible right now to do so in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble", EmuParadise states.

Nintendo's war with websites that host its retro titles has claimed another victim: EmuParadise, an online repository that provided access to classic games from various Nintendo eras, including the N64, NES, and SNES in addition to Sega Dreamcast and Genesis, and Sony's PlayStation.

"When I started EmuParadise things could have gone either way", the owner added. But for now, we need to make this change. 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", as MasJ writes. 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. "We'd also love to hear from you in the comments about what you think we should do".

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