Is Downloading Super Nintendo (SNES) ROMs Illegal?

Question : Is It Illegal To Download and Play a ROM of any Super Nintendo (SNES) Games ?
Answer : Yes it is illegal. We will not supply any links on this website to download rom files as we want to keep this site legal.  Nintendo have posted the following on there website

whether you have possession of a Nintendo ROM for a limited amount of time, i.e. 24 hours, it is illegal to download and play a Nintendo ROM from the Internet

This makes it clear that downloading ROMS is completely illegal.

A lot of people say this is a grey area, Some say as long as you own the game on the SNES you can download and play the ROM as a backup to the physical media, this is not true.  Nintendo see ROMS as a threat to date to the intellectual property rights of video game developers.

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