Because it's cheaper.
"Of course, you could just as easily (and much more cheaply) fire it up in an emulator"
"Ive tried it, and its definitely a tough little game from what Ive played. Certainly it would play better with a gamepad rather than a keyboard, but beyond that I cant see much reason to pay full price for the title, especially since many emulators will allow you to use a controller with games that support them."
How to save money 101. Very professional and well thought out from the author... oh wait.
Look past the fact that we may be used to emulating old software which is no longer in circulation on emulators, things like Virtual Console changed this a bit later on. This is software released in 2013 and platform is irrelevant.
Gamespot's best reviewer, Kevin VanOrd commented (sorry I can't verify if it's him on that website, but he could let us know here if not):
So its ok to steal the game since it costs $60 and most people dont have an SNES anymore anyway, and you could emulate it before anyway. Got it.
For what its worth, the games audience, by nature, owns Super Nintendos. There is a small but thriving development scene still making games for older consoles, and newly released hardware like the Retron is specifically designed to play SNES and Genesis cartridges. To suggest that its ok to emulate the game rather than pay for the product because no one has an SNES anymore (as seen in the comments) is irresponsible and ignorant of the resurgence in popularity of classic consoles, the games still being made for them, and the new machines being created to play older games.
The entire fifth paragraph plainly states that there is no reason to pay for a $60 game when you could just play it for free. Thats grossly irresponsible, legality aside; I expect that kind of statement in a fanboy forum post, not on Forbes. That you cannot see why that is so boggles my mind. The industry is hurting; suggesting that people save $60 and emulate a game instead only does further harm. Kevin VanOrd