After the suit was filed, LoveROMs was updated to remove all Nintendo-affiliated links, including ROMs and emulators, and the site announced on its social media channels that "all Nintendo titles have been removed from our site".
"Nintendo is seeking serious money as relief for alleged damages, with the biggest number coming from "$150,000 for the infringement of each Nintendo copyrighted work and up to $2,000,000 for the infringement of each Nintendo trademark".
Nintendo's legal actions are targeting two of the most major ROM sites around, LoveROMs and LoveRETRO.
According to Nintendo's complaint, the site operators are not casual gamers, and instead are "sophisticated parties with extensive knowledge" of the company's IP, and also the games industry at large.
Nintendo's attitude toward ROM releases-either original games' files or fan-made edits-has often erred on the side of litigiousness.
Video game companies do not profit from these pirated games, and Nintendo has apparently had enough with LoveROMs and LoveRETRO. Specifically, the sites in question allow visitors to download or emulate thousands of video games.
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The lawsuit sees Nintendo suing for three counts of copyright violation; copyright infringement, unfair competition, and trademark infringement. In total, Nintendo may be awarded damages up to $100 million.
There are a lot of sites on the net that advocate emulation, however few pull in over 17 million monthly visitors like LoveROMs and LoveRETRO, making them targets of Nintendo's wrath across a 27-page legal filing, via TorrentFreak.
"The LoveROMs and LoveRETRO websites are among the most open and notorious online hubs for pirated video games". The site now has a notice saying it has been effectively shut down.
Aside from ROMs, the sites also have proprietary BIOS pertaining to Nintendo and its trademarked logos and characters the company stated. Only the popular, profitable games get ported and rereleased, so many video games remain unplayable without the use of emulating.
LoveRETRO's website has been taken offline, replaced with a statement that states that "action is being taken against [them] by Nintendo and until [they] figure it out, the site will remain down". "Thanks for your patronage to date and we hope to get this figured out".