Nintendo suing rom sites.... futile and a sign they are hurting.
to me this is just another sign nintendo is hurting and lashing out at gamers like a snotty kid taking their ball home because nobody picks them. this also seems a little fishy popping up just after reports of people's switches cracking from overheating and shares dropping. seems like investors are either driving this move or nintendo thinking a move like this is going to ease the pain of investors climbing up their azz about money loss.
you don't see sega, sony (to a certain extent), or any other once thriving company or thriving company pulling this move. in fact sega actually promotes homebrews and there is proof of this (google is your friend) and developers who have worked on sega titles actually team up with a homebrewer to help them make an awesome game. of course no profits are to be made as they can't sell an item based on a companies trademark, but any other company (once again i wouldn't say sony and to the most part microsoft) isn't on a witch hunt like nintendo always is.
RGB85 had some good points saying that roms help to keep a title alive historically. and nintendo has started to pull back with the vitual games so how is a fan of the older games supposed to play them ? especially when certain games now demand a huge price. what's the point of stopping roms if you own the rights yet don't offer them on your own e-shop or going to release them on future classic editions ? and why not go after the companies that develop systems to play older roms and use peripherals from those older vintage systems ? if you have nothing to play the roms on wouldn't that slow the sharing/downloading or make it dry up ?
all this is going to do is hurt their reputation (not that they have much of one anymore, they hardly ever listen to what the consumer wants. and they always release hot items in such low quantities that it sparks a hoarders price spike.... something they don't benefit from lol). the only nintendo products i have these days are a wii (and yes i hacked it to run everything nintendo it can run or else it wouldn't be worth it to me) and one of the classic edition NES units (and yes i hacked it as well for the same purpose).
i had a switch when it originally dropped, but was not impressed and sold it off to get the xbox one x. one thing nintendo forgets is that once something is on the internet it's permanently there and extremely hard to slow or stop. for every loveroms they successfully shut down 3 smaller sites will pop up, and don't forget torrents and those all in one complete setups for retro pi and hyperspin. the funny thing about this is that someone at ninendo knew the classic edition would be hacked and left a message for the hacker to at least please keep it uniform with how it looks. but even now that has gone out the window as i'm seeing more and more theme hacks for it.
i dunno, it makes me lose respect for a company that pulls stunts like this thinking it's going to help them, when in fact it only drives fans away. i'm not talking about the average consumer that has no idea of roms or hacking systems to get your investments worth and being able to extend the life of your system. i'm talking about fellow gamers who use retrons, hyperkin and retro-bit systems.
just thought i would vent a bit at how stupid nintendo is. i'm here till sunday.....