EmuParadise Removes All ROMs to Avoid Legal Trouble After Recent Nintendo Lawsuit

Donna Miller
August 10, 2018

EmuParadise, a website that has been collecting and uploading ROM files of retro games for the last 18 years, has taken down all ROMs from its website.

In a blog post on Wednesday, EmuParadise founder who goes by the alias "MasJ" admitted that his site, which began in March 2000, could no longer operate in the current environment and that retro game lovers "won't be able to get [their] games from here for now" because he couldn't think of a way that would "keep [EmuParadise] out of trouble". We've got emails from brothers who have lost their siblings to cancer and were able to find solace in playing the games they once did as children.

The prospect of facing a similar legal battle is a big reason why EmuParadise is bowing out from supplying ROMs, the digital copies of video games.

"Many of you are aware that the situation with regards to emulation sites has been changing recently".

One of the oldest and most popular emulator websites, EmuParadise, has removed all ROM download links from its site. The statement also promises something of "a new beginning" for the site after its 18 year running time, but at the moment it sounds as though the site's next phase is still in development.

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From receiving threatening letters in the early days to our hosts suddenly shutting down our servers due to complaints, we've seen it all. Starting today, EmuParadise is no longer a place to download classic video games. But I believe it is the right thing for us at this point of time. 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 made a decision to change its ways.

If you've been alive for more than a couple of decades, you've probably played a few "retro" games in your lifetime.

We have already made several plans of what is going to happen next.

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. Where we go with this is up to us and up to you.

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