The Microsoft Edge Extension Store offered illegal copies of a number of iconic games, including Mario Kart 64, Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Pac-Man, Tetris, Cut The Rope, and even Microsoft’s own hit Minecraft. The developers of these projects (GamePro, Gamelands, StayReal, Kday, and so on) indicated in the descriptions are not related to well-known companies.
This story made a lot of noise thanks to the publication of The Verge, but after a few hours all the originally mentioned projects were removed, although others related to Sonic, Mario and Pac-Man remained, along with many copies of 2048, Flappy Bird, Fruit Ninja and Temple Run. Here are screenshots of just some of the games found by journalists:
Oddly enough, Microsoft itself seems to have promoted these browser extensions in a tweet to @MSEdgeDev, which was then deleted. After seeing such an ad, one Jordan Chase installed the Mario Kart 64 extension and revealed that this extension uses an emulator and ROM.
While emulators are generally legal and some sites (such as the Internet Archive) host games that can be played in a browser, it is highly unlikely that Nintendo, which is well known for its fight against ROM publishing and pirates, will allow people to download copies of their popular games through free browser extensions.
The Mario Kart 64 extension downloads a ROM of the N64 game. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/BY9VDMqp3B— Jordan Chase (@olynative) February 12, 2021
Some of the pirated games that have been discovered have had reviews dating back to October. It is unclear why they have been available in the Microsoft catalog for so long. In the descriptions of many extensions, it was mentioned that we are not talking about official games. For example, the Mario Kart 64 page reported: “IMPORTANT! This emulator is neither official nor approved Nintendo… All graphics, games and other multimedia materials are the property of their respective owners and authors. This game is for all Mario fans! “
Microsoft and Nintendo told The Verge they are looking into the situation. Obviously, remote games are just the beginning, and in the near future the catalog will be seriously cleaned up.
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