Nintendo’s stance on emulation has always been a rigid one. As far as the company is concerned, if you’re downloading and playing games from unofficial sources, you’re a software pirate.
“It’s that simple and not open to debate,” says its corporate FAQ.
And yet, here’s a thing. If you download the Wii version of Super Mario Bros. using the Virtual Console, there’s evidence to suggest Nintendo might have actually repurposed an illegally-copied ROM and then sold it back to us. Surely that can’t be the case. Right?