Nintendo defends all its IPs, even more, dated and therefore has declared war on two popular sites that hosted and distributed games ROM released on its consoles. The two portals on trial are LoveROMs and LoveRETRO, considered by Nintendo as the two most famous and popular online hub for pirated games.
The Kyoto house claims that the above sites illegally propose a staggering amount of video games as a result of which a lawsuit was brought against both of them for copyright and trademark infringement with a complaint filed with the Arizona Federal Court.
According to the Kyoto house, the two sites managed by Jacob Mathias and his company (Mathias Designs LLC) offer unlawfully access, distribute and publish a wide variety of ROMs, including many Nintendo games.
LoveROMs and LoveRETRO are also viral sites and, as reported in the complaint, have about 17 million monthly visitors, a figure that has allowed Mathias Designs LLC to make illicit gains from donations and the sale of advertising space.
Of course, the Kyoto house’s goal is to bring both portals to closure by requiring in compensation of around $150,000 for each Nintendo game hosted by the sites and up to $2,000,000 for each illegally used brand. At the moment we do not know how the story will end, but LoveRETRO has already been offline while LoveRoms has removed all ROMs connected to Nintendo from its catalog.