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Snes9x emulator pulled from Android Market

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Yet another popular console emulator has been pulled from the Android Market. This time the victim is Super Nintendo emulator Snes9x, known for its ability to use a Wiimote or Classic controller. Back in May, Google performed a mass removal of Yong Zhang's Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid, N64oid, Ataroid, Gearoid and Gameboid, and prevented their return by removing his developer account. Snes9x developer Robert Broglia has fared much better — his account is still active, but he can't re-submit the app under a different name without risking suspension.

Google said the app was a "violation of the Developer Content Policy," which it began enforcing more actively when it removed the Playstation emulator PSX4Droid in April, shortly before the Xperia Play launched. Emulator pickings are pretty slim on the Android market now, but Broglia is currently hosting a downloadable Snes9x apk on his own website for those who want to sideload the app. We'd guess all this was the result of a DMCA request from Nintendo — the relevant portion of the Developer Content Policy is below.

Google email to the developer:

This is a notification that the application, Snes9x EX with package ID com.explusalpha.Snes9x has been removed from Android Market due to a violation of the Developer Content Policy. Please review the Content Policies and Business and Program Policies before you create or upload additional applications. Note that repeated violations may result in a suspension of your Android Market Publisher account.

Excerpt from the Developer Content Policy:

Intellectual Property: Don't infringe on the intellectual property rights of others, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, and other proprietary rights. We will respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. For more information or to file a DMCA request, please visit our copyright procedures.