The war between Nintendo vs. the emulation continues with yet another battle going down in the Big N’s favor. The company recently filed a DMCA takedown (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) against GitHub due to it hosting an online GameBoy Advance emulator. GitHub caved in and abided by the complaint, thus shutting down the emulator.

Now, it must be noted that emulators technically are legal. They only end up falling into the red zone if it ends up being found out that official code has been used to create them, or when BIOS files are openly distributed. This online GBA emulator in particular gave players access to free versions of various titles by means of JavaScript. It’s most likely this functionality that gave Nintendo legal grounds to file the DMCA complaint as this would count as piracy.

This move from Nintendo comes just days after it filed a massive lawsuit against the company behind and that is worth $100 million dollars. Rather swiftly, both websites were shut down after the lawsuit was officially filed. It’s currently unknown how the situation has continued to unfold between the ‘Love’ companies and Nintendo. In any case, one thing is clear—Nintendo really isn’t pleased with unauthorized recreations of its IP. On top of these cases, the company has also been actively trying to thwart the progress of Switch hackers.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.


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