Microsoft – briefly – promoted illegal classic game ROMs on the Microsoft Edge store

It was a quick Ninja Edit from the Microsoft Edge team, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Yesterday the Twitter page for Microsoft Edge development posted a tweet highlighting certain extentions for their browser. The tweet reads: ”Calling all Pac-Man, Tetris and Mario Kart lovers. Did you know Microsoft Edge has these plus more vintage games on the extensions site?” Linking to the Edge Store which contains popular addons such as AdBlock, Grammarly and various Password Managers.

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Technology website The Verge mentions various games such as Minecraft, Flappy Bird, Mario Kart 64, Sonic the HEdgehog 2 and Tetris Cut The Rope were among the games available through the Edge Store. Obviously all of these games weren’t published and released on the Edge Store by the game developers themselves. Which makes the Tweet by the Microsoft Edge Developer account very strange. At the time of posting this article Microsoft has removed all listings. Which seems a little late, as some of the titles have been available for months.

So, no. You can’t play Mario Kart 64 via your Microsoft Edge browser.

Pieter "SuikerBrood" Jasper

29 year old gamer who grew up with Commander Keen and Jazz Jackrabbit. A PC Gamer. (Sorry, not sorry). Dutch, but actually Frisian. Loves Age of Empires, Sea of Thieves and wishes for a new Viva Piñata.

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