The MUGEN ARCHIVE (formerly known as The Chronicles of Mugen) is primarily a collaborative M.U.G.E.N warehouse, where all members can upload, rate and comment on content, though it also features a forum, chatbox and wiki. Despite registration originally only being necessary to upload, post and access private download servers, downloads have since become restricted due to the alleged use of download accelerators, enforcing a 10 MB download limit for unregistered users and a 100 MB download limit for registered users who lack specific privileges, referred to as 'leechers'; downloads also become unavailable to this user group during what the website calls a 'community growing event', which usually lasts a week.
The MUGEN ARCHIVE is known for its collection of hard-to-find characters and stages that most other warehouses do not have, with the added bonus of them being hosted on their own server. Certain content on the site is not safe for work, including nudity, so viewer discretion is advised. Content hosted on the website is not necessarily the original version, despite stating that it is, which is particularly notable with stages as the background music bundled with the stage is often different from what it was originally released with.
The website was created in 2009 and according to Dizzy, an administrator, its purpose is to "limit the depletion of mugen resources" by archiving as many creations as possible. It is currently hosting over 10,000 creations, making it the largest M.U.G.E.N warehouse online.
During June 2016, the MUGEN ARCHIVE introduced a change to how downloads are managed, requiring registered users who are not considered to be part of the website's community to go through adf.ly in order to download files, which has been met with a significant amount of negativity; certain users who raised issues with this change were banned from the website indefinitely, though some have since been unbanned. Due to the negative reception surrounding the website, such as major security risks associated with adf.ly and ethical concerns involving monetization of creator content, many M.U.G.E.N related websites and communities have blacklisted content download pages hosted on MUGEN ARCHIVE, including but not limited to: The Mugen Fighters Guild, Mugen Free For All, and The MUGEN Database.
On 17th February 2017, the MUGEN ARCHIVE reopened its wiki after several years of its closure with the premise of being an encyclopedia for everything related to M.U.G.E.N, including characters, stages, engine documentation, series and even gaming platforms, citing it as "a massive and demanding documentation project focused on quality and consistency" and explicitly stating that the majority of its content has been copied "from a selection of high-quality wikis". An account is required to contribute to the wiki, though this account is shared across the entire MUGEN ARCHIVE website.
- ↑ Characters/Stage Packs - The MUGEN ARCHIVE
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Anyone here being banned from the mugen archive for no reason at all? - The Mugen Fighters Guild
- ↑ Regarding download links from a certain Mugen warehouse - Mugen Free For All
- ↑ MUGEN Archive - The MUGEN Database Forum > Administrative Messages board
- ↑ Main Page - The MUGEN ARCHIVE wiki