EmuParadise announced that it will no longer provide digital copies of retro video games, two weeks after Nintendo litigation to effectively shut down a separate pair of ROM sites.
Fans of retro video games can no longer download them from EmuParadise. On Wednesday, the site pulled down its extensive ROM library and feared legal action by Nintendo
"It's not worth risking potentially catastrophic consequences," wrote the site's owner. "I can not put the future of our team members on the line with a clear conscience who have helped over the years."
EmuParadise throws in the towel after Nintendo announces the closure of two separate ROM websites, LoveROMs.com and LoveRETRO.co. The company did so by
The prospect of a similar lawsuit is a big reason why EmuParadise distances itself from the supply of ROMs, the digital copies of videos, games. "We thought about it for a while, but (Nintendo's process) definitely helped us out," the site's owner told PCMag.
EmuParadise was launched 18 years ago
"When I started EmuParadise, things could have gone just as well," the owner added. "But right now, the direction they are headed in can not be over."
The announcement is a win for Nintendo, which has been selling remastered versions of its old NES and SNES video game consoles. The company has also made digital versions of its classic games available through the Nintendo Virtual Console service, which works on the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS .
However, fans of (pirated) retro video games will surely cry. EmuParadise had earned a reputation as a provider of ROM downloads that were free of malware. The good news is that the site continues to provide emulators, the software that can run the ROMs. EmuParadise is also working on "new plans" to take the website in a different direction.