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Back in 2019, we wrote about Nintendo’s efforts to shut down the website RomUniverse, which was hosting and even selling premium access to pirated copies of Nintendo games. That case is now over, the site is gone and Nintendo has been awarded $2.1 million in damages.


As Torrentfreak report, RomUniverse’s Matthew Storman actually decided to try and fight Nintendo in court, and what’s more, to do so without an attorney. That did not go well for Storman, where his defence—based around ”disputing that he uploaded any files to said website”—was swiftly picked apart by Nintendo’s actual lawyers, who were able to point to Storman’s own sworn deposition where he admitted to…uploading ROM files to his site.

RomUniverse as it appeared in 2019, hosting not just Nintendo ROMs but also pirated movies and books.

RomUniverse as it appeared in 2019, hosting not just Nintendo ROMs but also pirated movies and books.
Screenshot: Kotaku

While Nintendo originally sought damages of $90,000 for each of the 49 games discovered on the website, the judge awarded the company $35,000 for each, saying that since Storman had already shut down the website and was currently unemployed, that figure was sufficient. Nintendo was also awarded a single sum of $400,000 for statutory trademark damages.

It’s important to note here that Storman wasn’t simply hosting pirated copies of Nintendo games, he was also selling premium access to them, where $30 could get users faster access to ROM files. During the last year of RomUniverse’s operation, Storman says he earned between $30,000-$36,000 from these payments.


Naabiae Nenu-B is a Medical Health Student and an SEO Specialist dedicated to flushing the web off fake news and scam scandals. He aims at being "Africa's Best Leak and Review Blogger" and that's the unwavering stand of Xycinews Media.

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Hell Yes Bring Back That 1990s Flight Sim Aesthetic



Tiny Combat Arena is bringing back an old-school 90s flight sim aesthetic

Screenshot: Tiny Combat Arena

While some retro video game looks are making huge comebacks—muddy PS1 textures, I’m looking at you—I’m particularly excited here to see here a developer bringing back one very particular aesthetic that I was super into as a kid: that of early 90s hardcore military flight sims.


From the F-15 series to Chuck Yeager to Falcon 3.0, these particular games coming out at this particular time all had a few things in common when it came to their visuals, like low-poly aircraft, sparse terrain and dithering. Oh, the dithering.

You don’t see that kind of game anymore because flight sims, obsessed as they are with realism, quickly moved to fill those empty landscapes with hills, and buildings, and satellite data, while the aircraft themselves are in 2021 practically photorealistic.

Not here! This is Tiny Combat Arena, which despite the aesthetic is actually an arcadey aerial shooter for the PC that’s due out in September. What’s more, it’s being published by Microprose, the same brand that released so many of those original flight sims back in the day, and while this isn’t the same company—the original died years ago and a new company simply bought the name—it’ll still be nice seeing the logo turn up before a game that looks like this.

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Super Mario World Is Now Playable In Widescreen



Gif: Super Mario World Widescreen

Software engineer and SNES ROM hacker Vitor Vilela has led a team which has created and released Super Mario World Widescreen, a download that lets you play Nintendo’s Super Mario World—first released in 1990—on modern widescreen displays.


Crucially SMWW keeps the game’s original 8:7 pixel aspect ratio, meaning that no matter how wide you stretch the display, “the screen you will see is like how would you see on a real TV screen connected to the SNES, except expanded to the widescreen resolution!”

Super Mario World is now available in widescreen

Left: playing SMW using a regular widescreen mod | Right: playing SMW on this custom widescreen release
Screenshot: Kotaku

While standard 16:9 and 16:10 monitor resolutions are supported, Vilela is also working on some other, funkier aspect ratios, like 2:1 and even 21:9 for anyone with an ultrawide monitor.

It’s available here, but before you go rushing to download it, there’s some stuff you need to know. Firstly, the download link is just for SMWW, and doesn’t contain a ROM of Super Mario World itself. You’ll have to find that…elsewhere.

And secondly, you’ll also need to download the emulator bsnes_hd, since the only way SMWW was made possible was because bsnes_hd allowed Vilela to increase the game’s horizontal resolution by 96 pixels, from 256×224 to 352×224. bsnes also allows many other SNES games to run in widescreen as well, though not to the same level of tailored perfection as we’re seeing here (as you can see in the comparison screenshot above, simply running SMW in bsnes has some framing issues).

You can check out a trailer below:

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The Week In Games: The Game Of Kings



Illustration for article titled The Week In Games: The Game Of Kings

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Golf is a classy sport. The kind of sport that has been played by dignified men and women. A perfect sport for Waluigi and Wario. Mario Golf: Super Rush releases later this week on Nintendo Switch.


I’ve only tried to play golf in real life once and it was boring. I hated it. But in video games, I love it. Especially if the golf featured in the game is goofy and over-the-top. So you better believe I’m excited to hang out with the Wa Bros and play some wacky golf!

Besides Mario Golf: Super Rush, other stuff is coming out this week too. Check out the full list below:

Monday, June 21

  • Wood Block Escape Puzzles 2 | Switch
  • Industries of Titan | PC
  • Labyrinth City: Pierre The Maze Detective | PC

Tuesday, June 22

  • Super Magbot | Switch, PC
  • LEGO Builder’s Journey | Switch, PC
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance | PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
  • Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights | Switch, PC
  • Phantom Abyss | PC
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Offical Video Game | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Wednesday, June 23

  • Out of Line | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Fallen Knight | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Bitmaster | Xbox One, Switch
  • Empire of Angels IV | PS4, Xbox One
  • Worms Rumble | Switch
  • Blocky Puzzle | Switch
  • Ninja Buddy Epic Quest | Switch
  • Rail Route | PC, Mac
  • Robolife-Days with Aino | PC

Thursday, June 24

  • Empire of Angels IV | Switch
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX | PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Legend of Mana Remastered | PS4, Switch, PC
  • The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: Amulet of Chaos | Xbox One
  • The Eternal Castle Remastered | PS4
  • Kirakia Stars Idol Project Nagisa | Switch
  • Farm Your Life | Switch
  • Cube Blast: Match | Switch
  • CarX Drift Racing Online | Switch
  • Sakura Succubus 3 | Switch
  • Summer Paws | Switch
  • Super Cable Boy | Switch
  • Cyber Hook | Switch
  • Kingdom Builders | PC

Friday, June 25

  • Mighty Aphid | Xbox One
  • Scarlet Nexus | PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
  • Mario Golf: Super Rush | Switch
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 | Switch
  • Promesa | Switch
  • #1 Crosswords Bundle | Switch
  • Loopindex | Switch
  • Sweet Sugar Candy | Switch
  • Enigmatis: The Ghost of Maple Creek | Switch
  • Sun Haven | PC
  • Eiyu*Senki Gold – A New Conquest | PC

Saturday, June 26

  • Babol the Walking Box | PC
  • Bocce | Switch

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