Microsoft’s Edge Extension Store appears to host illegal copies of a variety of iconic games, including Mario Kart 64, Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Pac Man, Tetris, Cut The Rope, and even Microsoft’s own smash hit Minecraft. The developers listed on the titles are not Microsoft, Nintendo or any other recognizable game developer, which means that they are almost not official copies of the games.
We found 35 listings on 10 different “developers” with names like “GamePro Inc”
Here are screenshots of just a few of the games we found:
Oddly enough, Microsoft itself appeared to market the browser extensions in what appears to be a now deleted tweet from the @MSEdgeDev account, which we saw via ResetEra.
We did not see this alleged tweet ourselves, and it is not currently on the @MSEdgeDev account right now. But a brave soul on Twitter, Jordan Chase, said he installed Mario Kart 64 extension on Twitter – and he said this in a response to a now deleted tweet from @MSEdgeDev.
In his tweet, Chase said that the Mario Kart 64 expansion downloads a ROM of the game. While emulators are generally legal, and some sites (such as the Internet Archive) host software downloads that you can play in a browser, it is extremely unlikely that Nintendo, which is known for cracking down on sites that host ROMs, is and pirated content, would let people download copies. of their most beloved games over free browser extensions.
The Tetris Expansion also appears to be a clone of the famous puzzle, although it did not download a ROM, according to Chase. He also said he installed Pac Man expansion, and it “seems like it uses direct assets from the original game.” I did not install the games myself in case they did something malicious, and I would recommend putting them on your computer.
Some of the games we found have reviews from October, indicating that they have been sitting unnoticed in Microsoft’s catalog for quite some time. It is unclear why they have been available for so long.
Many listings try to hide issues with questionable disclaimers acknowledging that the listings are not related to the original games. Here is one for entry for Mario Kart 64, for example:
IMPORTANT: This emulator is not affiliated with or endorsed by Nintendo. All graphics, games and other multimedia are copyrighted by their respective owners and authors. This game is for ALL Mario fans!
Microsoft and Nintendo tell The Verge they look at the situation.