Massively Popular ROM Site EmuParadise Effectively Shut Down After 18 Years

Massively Popular ROM Site EmuParadise Effectively Shut Down After 18 Years

Massively Popular ROM Site EmuParadise Effectively Shut Down After 18 Years

"We run EmuParadise for the love of retro games and for you to be able to revisit those good times", said MasJ.

A blog post on EmuParadise's site shares details on the owners' viewpoints surrounding recent events, and how things need to change to avoid "potentially disastrous consequences".

ROM sites shutting down only feels as big as it does because of the completely abysmal job the video game industry has done keeping its games available.

While the post was careful not to point the finger at any direction, "they" in the post is likely indicating Nintendo, which has been making legal actions to take down ROM distribution of games made for their platforms for the last few weeks.

EmuParadise was started 18 years ago, and has survived previous attempts to hamper the site.

However, in an announcement published today, EmuParadise's administration told the public that it is effectively closing its doors by removing all retro ROMs from the website. "From receiving threatening letters in the early days to our hosts suddenly shutting down our servers due to complaints, we've seen it all", the website's owner wrote. They state that while "we've always complied with takedown requests", it's not possible to provide ROMs "in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps us out of trouble".

EmuParadise has been the go-to destination for retro game ROM files since its beginning in 2000, as well as the home of a thriving retro gaming community and a database for emulators. 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 chose to change its ways.

The post goes on to explain that while the site's operators will "continue to be passionate retro gamers and will keep doing cool stuff around retro games", you will no longer be able to download games from the website. "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".

"We have already made several plans of what is going to happen next", they continued.

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