The planned Steam release of Dolphin Emulator has been indefinitely delayed on May 27, as well Announced by the creators, stating that “Nintendo has issued a cease and desist DMCA inference against Dolphin’s Steam page.” Which causes the page to be removed immediately.
Being an emulator being a gray area in terms of legality, Dolphin uses the Wii Common Key in the emulator, which means it actively bypasses anti-piracy protections.
In a copy of the legal notice, review it computer gamesNintendo states that Dolphin uses “encryption keys without Nintendo’s permission and decrypts the ROM at or just before boot time.
Thus, illegal use of the Dolphin emulator is circumvented[s] A technical measure that effectively controls access to a work protected by copyright law.” Which confirms the reason behind the removal.
Additionally, a Nintendo spokesperson told Kotaku, “Nintendo is committed to protecting the hard work and creativity of video game engineers and developers.
This emulator illegally circumvents Nintendo’s protection 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.”
Dolphin has yet to make a statement in response to Nintendo’s claim against its use of the Wii Common Key, and Dolphin will remain off Steam while the issue hash, but GitHub and its website are unaffected at the time of writing.
TRG has reached out to Valve for comment, as of Mentioned in our original storyBut we haven’t received a response yet. We will update both stories if we receive a response.