In recent years, Nintendo has been cracking down on ROM-sharing sites like LoveROMs, Rom Universe, and Vimm’s Lair. While this may seem like a necessary step to protect against piracy and copyright infringement, some are concerned that this heavy-handed approach could actually be erasing the history of video games.

Modern Vintage Gamer, in a recent video, expressed his concerns about Nintendo’s actions potentially leading to the loss of valuable gaming history. He argues that as Nintendo continues to take down these sites, more and more games are at risk of being lost forever. With the Nintendo Switch Online service being much smaller than the Virtual Console, there is a fear that classic games may not be as easily accessible in the future.

While Nintendo has the right to protect its intellectual property, there is a valid point to be made about the importance of preserving gaming history. Many ROM sites offer games that are no longer available for purchase, either due to the closure of the original publisher or the expiration of licensing agreements. Additionally, prototype and fan-translated ROMs provide a unique look into the world of gaming that would otherwise be lost.

It’s a complex issue with no easy solution. While Nintendo is legally justified in taking down ROM-sharing sites, there is a growing concern about the lack of effort in the industry to ensure that all of gaming’s history is properly preserved and accessible. As Modern Vintage Gamer suggests, ROMs may be the only true form of preservation in the video game industry.

Ultimately, the debate over Nintendo’s actions against ROM sites raises important questions about the preservation of gaming history and the balance between protecting intellectual property and ensuring that classic games remain available to future generations. As technology continues to evolve, finding a solution that respects both the rights of IP holders and the importance of preserving gaming heritage will be crucial.