Nintendo begins mass deleting Switch emulator backups

Nintendo begins mass deleting Switch emulator backups
Nintendo begins mass deleting Switch emulator backups
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Months after it shut down the popular Switch emulator Yuzu due to copyright infringement and piracy concerns, Nintendo has initiated a mass removal of related backups and apparent clones on the Microsoft-owned Github platform. More than 8,000 repositories were removed as Zelda The publisher is apparently trying to stomp on the emulator forks before they sprout elsewhere.

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“Because the reported network containing the allegedly infringing content was larger than one hundred (100) repositories, and the submitter claimed that all or most of the forks were infringing to the same extent as the parent repository, GitHub processed the takedown notice against the entire network of 8,535 repositories, including the main repository,” reads a notice posted on Github about the takedown request (via gaming radar).

The URL names for some of the removed files make references to various versions of Yuzu as well as Pineapple, another Switch emulator based on the Yuzu Code. “The reported repositories offer and provide access to the yuzu emulator or code based on the yuzu emulator,” a Nintendo representative wrote in the takedown request: “The yuzu emulator is primarily designed for playing Nintendo Switch games. Specifically, yuzu illegally circumvents Nintendo’s technological limitations. protection measures and execute illegal copies of Nintendo Switch games.

Nintendo reached a legal agreement approved by the court in March with the creators of Yuzu that would require them to stop working on the emulator, hand over all materials related to it and pay a $2.4 million penalty in an apparent warning to any other group that might attempt to emulate Nintendo consoles in the future. Discord too took down servers hosting the offline Yuzu homebrew community.

The Switch maker escalated its war against Yuzu in the wake of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom‘s pre-release leak last year. Nintendo stated that more 1 million players pirated the game during this period, using Yuzu to emulate the illicit copies and play them on PC. The hit game 2023 has currently sold over 20 million copies.

This article originally appeared on kotaku.

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