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Ouya just can't stay out of the headlines, can it? After recently announcing that the TV-centric Android gaming system would come with built-in OnLive support, the company is back to say that it's partnering with Square Enix to bring Final Fantasy III to your TV. If you live in Japan, this might be old news, but it marks the first time anywhere else that the game will be available via a television-based console.

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Ouya says that not only will FFIII be on the platform at launch, but it will be updated for high-res gameplay and there will even be a free demo for users who aren't quite sold on the idea. Remember, one of the key principles of Ouya's approach is that all games on the console must either be free or have a free trial available. Fantastic.

For a Kickstarter project, and one that hasn't even finished its first round of fundraising, much less reached release, the Ouya is garnering quite a bit of attention from semi-major players in the industry. There is certainly a very long way to go, but it's looking better and better for the little console that could.

Source: Kickstarter

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • serrastone

    I approve of this, SE is the bomb.

    • fixxmyhead

      lol, is the bomb? damn who still uses that line

      • serrastone

        I'll be 35 this coming Sunday, so I guess us old farts still do. What are you, 15? :p

        • fixxmyhead

          im 25 but i stopped using that line when i was like 14

          • aiden9

            Don't worry, things you say in your 20's are usually the things that stick. Give it 10 years and it'll be you with someone asking "Epic? damn who still uses that line" or something like that. =p

          • fixxmyhead

            nah i dont use that cheesy "epic_____" line i know the rest of the internet uses it but not me

  • http://profiles.google.com/ottermann Jason Heiken

    Want to sell a lot of these on launch day?
    Have it come preloaded with a couple of games. Or a single, big name game, at least.
    The additional cost would be minimal to the manufacturer, and people could just plug it in and go.
    Now, I know it'll sell a lot on launch day anyway. but it would sell more if it came with a game.

    Remember back in the good old days when your game system not only came with a game, but it came with a good one?

    • Jonathan Wong

      The games are going to be free-to-play. So it doesn't matter much to get preloaded games unless it means a special bonus in those games.

  • ericl5112

    This is the first thing that has me thinking maybe, just maybe, this won't be a total failure.

    • DrewNusser

      OnLive didn't spark that?

      • ericl5112

        Not even close. OnLive hasn't seemed to actually take off in any meaningful way. It's probably pretty desperate to get onto every platform it can, especially when this is a perfect fit for them. OnLive partnering up didn't seem like a sign for anything. It's probably 0 extra work for them.

        Square Enix, on the other hand, is a big industry partner that shows me that the Ouya guys are going at this in a way that means they might succeed. They still have a HUGE uphill battle (which the idealists downvoting me probably don't understand), but I'm rooting for them, and I'm happy to see they are going after big game devs, and at least some of those devs are listening. That's a good sign. Not the game itself, but what it means.

        • DrewNusser

          Good point about OnLive. I don't know why it hasn't taken off though - it's an awesome service. I actually just made my account last week. I had heard of it before, but never really looked into it. It lets you play a lot of the great games without owning the hardware or needing to install them anywhere. Pretty awesome if you ask me. I just wish they had a better selection (particularly EA Sports Titles).

          Oh, and I completely agree that partnering up with Square Enix is a WAY bigger deal for the platform all together, but the OnLive partnership still convinced a lot more people to back them, which means more money for them, which (hopefully) means we get a better product.

          • Bobfadan

            Are you guys drinking the kool aid already? Ouya is using the Tegra 3 on Android. As in SE doesn't have to do squat to actually get FF3 there. Plenty Android games already support controllers and the Tegra 3 platform so this is no big deal really. The moment an exclusive A+ game comes out is when we can be more confident of the console's success. But right now it's looking bleak.

          • DrewNusser

            Haha, I don't know about the Kool-Aid, but I think it's becoming more and more promising. I agree that most great Android games would be mediocre at best on the consoles, but we know that the Tegra 3 has more potential than it's shown so far. Plus, it's only $99 and I don't need to deal with the actual game hardware, so that's a bonus.

  • Oliver Petruzel

    I still don't understand, at all, why they aren't including a second HDMI port for GoogleTV capabilities as well... it just makes no damn sense. :(

  • http://soundcloud.com/seraphiansounds Jordan Dietrich

    I hope they revamp the UI. The Android versions of the Final Fantasy games have TERRIBLE UIs, and are super expensive for mobile games. If they do touch it up some, I could see people possibly being ok with paying $15 for FF3 then.

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