EmuParadise is binning its ROM library following Nintendo's 'copyright' action

Massively Popular ROM Site EmuParadise Effectively Shut Down After 18 Years

18-year-old retro gaming ROM site EmuParadise effectively closes its doors

Whether they were titles from the original Atari 2600, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or any other console, older games hold a special place in the hearts of many.

RETRO GAMES WEBSITE EmuParadise is effectively shutting down following Nintendo's recent action against ROM-hosting sites. Today, EmuParadise, a longstanding emulation hub around since 2000, announced that it will no longer host ROMs on its site because it is not worth risking the "potentially disastrous consequences".

While the site's ROM library is no longer available, MasJ does say that they will still be able to provide a database of emulators - you'll just have to find the files to play on them elsewhere.

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Through the years I've worked tirelessly with the rest of the EmuParadise team to ensure that everyone could get their fix of retro gaming. 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. "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. There are countless stories like these. 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", EmuParadise states. Now, other sites are starting to remove ROMs, including EmuParadise.

The decision has been met with sadness and anger from retro game fans, including notable video game historians who have noted that ROM sites have, up until now, played a crucial role in cataloging and archiving games that may otherwise have been unavailable to new players or lost entirely. "Over the years, many folks have joined in and contributed to this vision and I think I can say that we've been successful in spreading our passion for retro games far and wide".

The team ended the update with a thank-you to the community, and that they hope EmuParadise will continue to be the premium destination for emulation.

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