Thoughts on Nintendo's action against EmuParadise and other old ROM sites?

Discussion in 'Other games and gaming' started by Wistrel, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Just saw the news about Nintendo taking on the emulator sites. What do people think about it?

    I guess from my perspective it's probably fair doos really. After all the games ARE their property and other people are giving them away for free and maybe profiting from the respective websites while doing it (advertising).

    I feel it is OK for the owners to cover their costs and pay themselves a wage for their time running/maintaining/curating the site but profiting would be a bit too much.

    That said, one could say the mere existence of such sites has 100% been responsible for the continuation/creation of the retro games culture. Even if Nintendo plan to make the titles available again (or already do), there is a good chance that, had these sites never existed, nor would the market for Nintendo to even have someone to sell their retro games to.

    There is also the thing about being able to play the games on different platforms/emulators which is useful. Another good one is where you are able to actually improve the quality of the game (e.g. higher resolution) via emulators where they are able to go beyond the original hardware's capabilities.

    I can see views likely will be abound on either side of the camp on this one. What do people think?

  2. Nintendo lost favor for myself and many others when they killed off all services for original wii.... leaves you with half of the product you originally purchased.
  3. narfi

    narfi Lost

    Nothing Nintendo can do would take away my wife's love for all things Mario.
    She has a SNES, NDS, Wii, and a Supaboy S(handheld that takes SNES cartridges)
    Modified Cartridges for the NDS and SNES/Supaboy that can play roms.
    Rom launcher on the Wii and a usb drive hoding the roms.

    I have never really played the games much but always had fun setting them up, the wii launcher is really nice with a carousel selector showing cover art etc. for each game.

    I haven't stayed up with the news, but from your post assume the rom hosting sites are being shut down?
    The games belong to Nintendo, so they have the right to do what they want with them and prevent others from using them without paying. For the older games (nes, snes, n64, etc...) it seems a bit like the 'dog in the manger' attitude, but for the newer systems, even the wii and ds I can see there is still potential profit for them being lost.

    I don't mind paying for games I or my family play, but for many of those systems the need to change out decaying media (cartridges, disks, etc...) seems like a bad idea when you can have it all on an sd card or cartridge or hard drive. There really is a strong argument for playing off roms for those older systems because of this, which is why newer movies, consoles, pc games, etc... are all moving away from physical media and into digital access.

    ROMs have had an effect on the psychology of gaming though I feel.
    If you pay 20-50 dollars for a game as a child, that is a lot of money and took time to save up or beg your parents for. You appreciate the game and play it alot, even through its entirety a few times.
    If you can download a top 100 games zip file for free in a few minutes, chances are you will never play any of those games much past the intros.
  4. Its the end of days...not...luckily many ppl archived all ROMs.
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  5. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    yeh I had some similar annoyances around 3DS stuff like the pictochat thing. They made something instead that was largely useless and missed the point. Eventually they brought something back with content charges, but it never really took off like the original.
  6. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

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