Nintendo has reportedly filed a lawsuit at the federal court in the US state of Arizona earlier this week, with the publisher calling out two ROM and emulator websites - allegedly owned by the same Arizona-based company - for unfair competition as well as copyright and trademark infringement. Nintendo is requesting statutory damages of $150,000 per infringement, and up to $2,000,000 for each trademark infringement. According to the source, this could theoretically equate to $100 million in damages.
Both websites are believed to offer readily available ROMS and emulators to the general public. Nintendo went on record saying these specific sites were the most notorious online hubs for pirated video games and said the sites were known for distributing and displaying a large volume of the publisher's works without its permission. The websites are known for distributing proprietary BIOS software and using trademarked logos and characters as well. Nintendo believes both sites are professional operations turning a profit.
In addition to compensation for damages, Nintendo wants the company to shutdown both sites, hand over the domain names and reveal the sources of the ROMS.