Microsoft Edge let emulators play for free with simple extensions

Microsoft Edge let emulators play for free with simple extensions

Free emulators from the browser

Mario Kart Tour

One of these drawbacks is found in the source of extensions that we can install in the browser. Both Chrome and Edge share the extensions platform, and although Google is vigilant when it comes to identifying malicious extensions that violate content copyright, it seems that Edge is still far behind in that regard.

The best example is found in the publication of emulated games that can be run directly in the browser, and is that if some time ago they were available in Chrome (and were withdrawn for obvious reasons), in Edge it seems that many of these games are available so you can install them right away.

Nintendo games, SEGA and much more

We just had to go through the Edge extension management page to do a simple search and discover endless games. Titles like Super Mario Kart 64 or Super Mario Bros NES were available to install, and you just had to search for them in the search box to hit the install button and start playing.

The most surprising thing about the matter is that apparently the official Microsoft Edge developer account on Twitter published a tweet in which it encouraged users to download these extensions that allowed to play directly in the browser, something extremely shocking if we take into account that these extensions were running illegal ROMs.

Almost all the games have disappeared

The tweet was deleted, and with it also the games, since right now it is impossible to find a game of those previously published. But do not think that there have been few who have downloaded these extensions. Many of these downloads had rated reviews on the platform, and some reviews were from October, so we can easily sense that the games have been published on the platform for a long time.

Are emulators legal?

Having and running an emulator as a program is not a problem. These programs are used to run home projects based on old platforms, so in that case there is no problem (unless they use specific BIOS). The problem is found when executing third-party ROMs. These overturned copies of the original games are a violation of the intellectual property of the developer who owns the game, so the problem lies there, in the execution and distribution of pirated material. That’s basically the reason why emulators are demonized and why Nintendo doesn’t spare even the slightest bit of gameplay.


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