If Nintendo is serious about its recent muscle flexing on protecting its trademarks, then it’s going to have to get a few more bench presses in to tackle this one. A fan-created emulator called the NESBox has been sent in and approved for release on the Xbox One console, meaning Xbox One owners will soon have access to every NES classic through their Microsoft made console.
Nintendo, which has gone after several high profile fan games as of late, has remained vigilant in making sure that its characters and properties do not appear on competitor’s machines. However, while taking down a fan game is one proposal, going after an emulator is another. Distributing emulation software is shrouded in cloudy, grey areas of legality, and not until games start becoming distributed does it start to turn a bit more illegal.
Owners of the Xbox One only need to upload the games through the USB slot, meaning the emulator’s distributor bears no responsibility in that regard.