Nintendo, at the origin of Zelda and Mario, is known to ardently defend its properties. Moreover, during the development of Zelda: Tears of Kingdomthe developer opened information leak hunt. The studio is now going after those who try to download the latest installment of the Zelda saga illegally. But it’s this time a very legal possibility which has just been removed from Steam…
Nintendo thus accuses the very popular Dolphin emulator of illegally circumventing its protections. The company clarifies that it only does “protect hard work and the creativity of video game engineers and developers“. However, the arrival of Dolphin on Steam has been very well received by players. Indeed, the retro-gaming trend is booming, although Dolphin has been in use for many years.
Nintendo: a port “indefinitely postponed”
But, to everyone’s surprise, the developers of Dolphin announced that the Steam port would be “indefinitely postponed” after Valve removed the listing following discussions with Nintendo. They state thus:It is with great disappointment that we have to announce that the release of Dolphin on Steam has been indefinitely postponed“.
Dolphin adds: “Valve informed us that Nintendo had issued a cease and desist order citing the DMCA against Dolphin’s Steam page, and removed Dolphin from Steam until the matter is resolved. We are currently investigating our options and will have a more detailed response in the near future.“.
While emulation is perfectly legal, providing users with ways to circumvent the protections of individual game ROMs could potentiallyt infringe Nintendo’s intellectual property rights. The Japanese company thus accuses Dolphin of using “cryptographic keys without Nintendo’s permission and to decrypt ROMs at runtime or just before“.
Source : my city
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