Hosts Plugins store Microsoft Edge has probably illegal copies of a number of popular games. Microsoft and Nintendo are looking into the situation.
This included Mario Kart 64, Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Pac-Man, Tetris, Cut The Rope, Flappy Bird, Fruit Ninja, and even Minecraft.
Microsoft has removed the games, but some are still there, and they were there in the beginning 35 listings across 10 different developers with names, such as GamePro Inc, Gamelands, StayReal, and Kday, including a number of duplicate games.
And many listings, even from different developers, have very similar descriptions, which indicates that they may come from the same source.
Microsoft itself appears to be promoting Microsoft Edge browser extensions in what appears to be a tweet now deleted from an account MSEdgeDev.
One Twitter user, (Jordan Chase), said at: Reply On the now deleted tweet from MSEdgeDev: he installed Mario Kart 64 plugin, which downloads the game’s ROM.
It is noteworthy that emulators are legal in general, and some sites, such as the Internet Archive, host programs that you can run in the browser, which It is no longer distributed or supported by the developer or copyright holder.
But it’s highly unlikely that Nintendo, known for clamping down on sites that host ROMs and pirated content, will allow people to download copies of their most beloved games via free browser add-ons.
It also appears that the Tetris add-on is a replica of the popular puzzle game, although it did not install the ROM, according to Chase.
He also said: He installed the Pac-Man add-on, and it appears to be using live assets from the original game.
And some games contain reviews dating back to October, indicating that they have been unnoticed in Microsoft’s list for some time, and it is unclear why they have been available for so long.
Many listings try to avoid problems with questionable disclaimers acknowledging that the listings are not related to the original games.
One disclaimer says: This emulator is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Nintendo, and all graphics, games, and other multimedia are copyrighted to their respective owners and authors.