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A Wiki dedicated to unlicensed and pirated video games

Unlicensed games are games released for mainly 8-bit and 16-bit consoles which aren't licensed or endorsed by the console maker. A pirate game is a type of unlicensed game produced in breach of someone else's copyright; usually either an unauthorised port of a game from one console to another (such as Super Mario World to the Famicom or Tekken to the Mega Drive), an original game using other companies' characters or copyrighted material (such as Harry's Legend or Kart Fighter) or a ROM hack of an existing game. These games are typically considered to be poor quality when compared to the official games they imitate, and they're also typically made by a Taiwanese or Chinese developer, although unlicensed games have been made by companies from other countries as well.

For example, Menace Beach is an unlicensed game because it was produced for the NES without a license from Nintendo, but it is not a pirate because it does not include any stolen content, whereas Somari is a pirate game as it is an unauthorised port of Sega's Sonic containing Nintendo's Mario character without the permission of either company, even though it was programmed from scratch. Super Mario 4 is a pirated hack, as it's a modified version of Crayon Shin Chan 4 not authorized by either Nintendo or the developers/publishers of that game, but not all hacks are pirates; the Western release of Super Mario Bros. 2, despite technically being a hack of Doki Doki Panic, isn't a pirate because it was made by Nintendo and legally licensed.

We also have a forum called Pirated Games Central Forums. If you have anything to discuss, please go there.


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LATEST UPDATE: 12/26/2015 (Updated General Rules regarding illegal files)

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