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Nintendo Says Dolphin Emulator on Steam ‘Harms Development and Ultimately Stifles Innovation’

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Nintendo explained why it issued a cease and desist order against the Wii emulator and GameCube Dolphin due to its release on Steam, saying its presence “harms development and ultimately stifles innovation”.

Talking to Kotaku, a Nintendo spokesperson said the Dolphin emulator uses illegal practices to provide access to old Nintendo games.

“Nintendo is committed to protecting the hard work and creativity of video game engineers and developers,” the spokesperson said. This emulator illegally bypasses Nintendo’s security measures and runs illegal copies of games.

“The use of illegal emulators or illegal copies of games harms development and ultimately stifles innovation. Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of other companies and in turn expects others to do the same. »

The Dolphin Emulator project team announced on May 27 that the Steam release had been “delayed indefinitely” after receiving a cease and desist order from Nintendo.

“Valve has informed us that Nintendo has issued a DMCA cease and desist inference against the Dolphin Steam page and has removed Dolphin from Steam until the issue is resolved,” the company said at the time.

The legality and ethics of video game simulations is a regularly debated topic in the industry, and the outcome of this case could set a new precedent for the future.

Xbox President Phil Spencer believes in the practice as a tool for preservation, for example, saying he hopes one day “anyone can buy any game”.

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance journalist for IGN and UK editor. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.

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