- A GitHub repository that contained the code to the emulators has also been taken down following the DMCA complaint.
- The Japanese game company is unhappy with the prevalence of websites that offer unsanctioned access to Nintendo’s games.
While many gamers love playing the latest releases of popular franchises, others choose to spend their time playing countless classics on emulators online. Nintendo is not too happy with the rise of online emulators that allow users access to games from previous-generation consoles. Almost all of Nintendo’s consoles have emulators available on the internet with the exception of the handheld 3DS and the Nintendo Switch, that are yet to receive fully functional emulators.
The DMCA complaint stated “The files located at the repository link https://jsemu3.github.io/gba/ contain unauthorized copies of Nintendo’s video game software in violation of the law and GitHub’s Terms of Service”. The company is considering filing legal action against the developer of the GitHub repository for copyright infringement. The emulators and ROM hosting websites do not have any profit motive and simply exist to allow users the ability to play old games that are currently unavailable commercially.
It is not the first time the gaming giant has taken action against emulators or ROM hosting websites. Similar GitHub repositories have been taken down in the past for allowing users access to GameBoy Advance games. There are many similar emulators available on GitHub, and it is likely that the Nintendo will be taking them down as well in the near future. While LoveRETRO took its website down, LoveROMS has removed all Nintendo titles from its website.
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