It's the end of an era. For 18 years EmuParadise has lived up to its name by being a safe haven for fans of emulation. The website has played host to thousands of ROMs and ISOs over the years, and it's a go-to site for many gamers. However, dealing with someone else's intellectual property is always a risky business that can come crashing down at any time, and it appears that time is now for EmuParadise.
In a recent blog post, the staff at EmuParadise made the announcement that they have removed all of their download links for ROMs and ISOs. Starting today, EmuParadise is no longer a place to download classic video games. Here's an excerpt from their announcement that explains the decision.
"It's not worth it for us to risk potentially disastrous consequences. I cannot in good conscience risk the futures of our team members who have contributed to the site through the years. 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.
This is an extremely emotional decision for me after running this site for so many years. But I believe it is the right thing for us at this point of time.
Thus, we have decided to make a new start. We will continue to be passionate retro gamers and will keep doing cool stuff around retro games. But you won't be able to get your games from here for now. Where we go with this is up to us and up to you.
We'll still have our emulators database, the community, and everything that comes along with that.
We have already made several plans of what is going to happen next. It's going to be a fun new beginning and there's going to be lots to come! We'd also love to hear from you in the comments about what you think we should do. But for now, we need to make this change. We've served the community for 18 glorious years and it's been a hell of a ride!
But every end is a new beginning and we're excited to find a way forward to continue being your #1 emulation destination."
The EmuParadise staff stopped short of giving specifics on the timing of the decision, but it may be due to the fact that Nintendo has been much more aggressive in targeting suspected intellectual property theft in recent months. EmuParadise removed all of their first-party Nintendo ROMs last year, so it's possible they've been feeling pressure from Nintendo for a while.