LoveROMS and LoveRETRO are basically dead at this point.
In July, the big N has filed a lawsuit against these two websites, or, to be more exact, their owners, called Jacob and Cristian Mathias. Nintendo alleged that the „vast library of unauthorized copies of video games” on these sites „infringes and threatens irreparable injury to Nintendo‘s intellectual property rights.”
TorrentFreak reports that the big N and the Mathias couple did not end up in court, but they have come to a judgement agreement after the Mathiases admitted to both direct and indirect copyright infringement with their websites. The judgement now prohibits them from sharing, using, or distributing Nintendo‘s ROMs or other materials, and they had to provide the big N all the games, files, emulators, as well as the domain names. They also have to pay Nintendo 12.23 million dollars, but it’s unlikely they have enough money – it might be a scaring tactic on Nintendo‘s end for the other emulation/ROM sites.
LoveROMS‘s site (and possibly LoveRETRO, too) now shows an apology to Nintendo. So, the big N is against emulation, what if someone makes a Super Mario World ROM hack not for profit? Is Nintendo going to cease and desist on them, too? (And then we didn’t go into how likely the NES and the SNES mini both use emulation; similarly, how to the PlayStation Classic will use an open-source emulator in December!)