There are a number of reasons why we would recommend switching from Google Chrome, the world’s most popular browser, to Microsoft Edge. In our tests, Edge was faster and easier with our laptop battery than the market leader. While there are many legitimate reasons to choose Edge, the ability to play illegal versions of some of the most popular video games of all time, including Super Mario Bros. and Sonic The Hedgehog, isn’t one of them.
A number of users had released extensions for Microsoft Edge that allowed browser users to play illegal copies of a number of iconic games, including Mario Kart 64, Super Mario Bros, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Pac-Man, and Tetris. Microsoft’s own game Minecraft was even available with an extension for its browser.
Some of these titles have reviews from October 2020, suggesting that they have been available in Microsoft Edge extended storage for some time. For those who don’t know, Edge users can install lightweight apps in the extended storage that add extra functionality to the browser. Since Microsoft Edge is now based on the same Chromium code base as Google Chrome, any extensions found in the competing Chrome webstore are also compatible with Edge.
The games that were first spotted by tech blog The Verge have since been removed from Edge expansion storage. It’s unclear why these illegal games, which offer free access to titles you would normally have to pay to access competing platforms like the Nintendo Switch, could be stored in the Microsoft Extension Store for so long with no impact.
Following the recent removal of some of these titles from the store, new options have emerged, including another Super Mario game, Cut The Rope, Flappy Bird, Fruit Ninja, and Temple Run.
Google Chrome users cannot find the same copies of these hugely popular games on the Chrome Webstore.
While it may be tempting to play addicting games like Sonic The Hedgehog and Super Mario Bros between spreadsheets and work calls on Zoom in your browser, we’d like to warn you against installing any of these titles. While it’s possible that someone came up with a version of this classic SEGA and Nintendo to ease the boredom of Work From Home. However, it is much more likely that these popular titles will trick people into installing small apps with potential potential on their computer to remove personal information from their web browser.