Shocker: Nokia gets turtle shelled for showing off SNES emulator on N900. Bigger Shocker: Why hasn’t Nintendo monetized the ROM business?

by Mike
Posted December 1st, 2009 at 10:00 am

Perhaps it was a defiant “FU” to IP law. It could have been a simple mistake. Whatever it was, the showcasing of an SNES emulator and ROM running on the N900 belonging to Urho Konttori, Product Manager of Nokia, was begging for trouble from the start. And like clockwork, Nintendo has sent the legal hounds on Nokia to investigate how and why such thing happened. Nintendo voices the same opinion that many game developers and companies voice: that emulators and ROM’s are evil, sinister, things that kill the planet and ruin the ecosystem. They also go and throw in the word “torrent”, attaching the nomral stereotype that all torrents are illegal and bad which is simply not the case. Typical from those who simply don’t understand….but I digress.

While I can understand Nintendo cracking down on Nokia for a not so smart move, blatantly showing off something that is technically illegal all things considered, the bigger issue at hand should be clear: if Nintendo is unwilling or unable to pay/hire additional help to port games to other platforms, 3rd party channels need to be given the right to port without fear of prosecution. While the circumstances, products, and services vary from market to market, the same basic story is played out over and over again — failing to embrace what consumers want by remaining stagnant or trying to hold back innovation will only hurt yourselves in the long run. If they aren’t willing to move foward, get out of the way.

Emulators and ROM’s FTW!

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