This might surprise one, but without understanding it, the Microsoft Edge web browser hosted hundreds of unauthorised Nintendo game ROMs as browser extensions.
When a new lineup of classic hits from the NES and SNES era is announced for Nintendo Switch Online, it’s still an exciting day for Nintendo fans.
While Sony and Microsoft do not have titles that date back as far as they can, they also host their own classic game collections, and it turns out that Microsoft has also hosted Nintendo games.
Among the plugins available for Microsoft’s Edge web browser, the games were found where they had been hidden in plain sight for at least three months.
It was not Microsoft, of course, who was responsible for placing the unauthorized games up for download. Recently, the gaming giant introduced Xbox themes to Microsoft Edge, but clearly, it wouldn’t place the titles of another business in the browser.
As it turns out, almost everyone can build and apply a Microsoft Edge
extension and have it listed among the hundreds of other browser extensions available.
Although Nintendo or Microsoft may not have listed the games, it seems obvious that it was a person or small group of individuals who found a way for a while to host a few ROMs unlawfully.
Popular titles such as Mario Kart 64, Super Mario Bros., and non-Nintendo titles such as Sonic 2, Pac-Man, and Tetris were among the games that were being hosted.
Although the titles above are possibly among the most commonly pirated games, there were also several less frequently stolen titles available, such as Microsoft’s very own Minecraft.
The games are being removed from the list of Edge extensions when they are discovered; however, the exact number of games that are still missing is unknown, and Microsoft is waiting to see what they are. The problem of piracy is one that persists not only in the film and television industries but also in the gaming industry; for example, the amount of illegal downloads of The Mandalorian is at an all-time high.
At the height of the illegal rom-hosting on Microsoft Edge, someone was also able to boast on the browser’s official Twitter account that games like Pac-Man, Tetris, Mario Kart, and more were available on the website for the Edge extension. This tweet was sent from the browser’s official Twitter account. It is unknown where consumers will host unlicensed versions of their favourite games in the future, but in light of recent reports that the source code of Cyberpunk 2077 was compromised, it is evident that the illicit gaming industry is not going away anytime soon.
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