Ouya launching with Final Fantasy III

Square Enix bringing "optimized" version of 1990 role-playing game to new Android-powered console with free demo during March 2013.

The new Android-powered $99 Ouya console will launch with one of the most popular franchises in gaming. Square Enix announced today that Final Fantasy III will be available at launch for the Ouya during March 2013.

Bet you never imagined playing FFIII with this controller.

Final Fantasy III is a role-playing game that originally launched in 1990 for the Famicom. The Ouya version will be "optimized" for the new console, and a free demo will also be available for the game through Ouya.

Final Fantasy III is the only game Square Enix has announced thus far for Ouya, though it may not be the last. The publisher said it is considering bringing additional content to Ouya in the future, though it did not specify further.

Ouya made waves earlier this month, when a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the console exceeded its $950,000 funding target in under a day. As of press time, the campaign has attracted more than 45,000 backers who have together donated close to $6 million.

The Ouya console will plug into ordinary television sets, and will ship with a custom controller (pictured above). Any developer can create games for the system, which will support high-definition output via its Tegra3 chipset. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal flash storage, and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

Ouya will also support the OnLive gaming service at launch, allowing users to stream the company's stable of current-generation games to their televisions through the console. For more on the Ouya console, check out GameSpot's feature Five Reasons Ouya Could Be a Winner (and Five Why It Won't).

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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199 comments
blackace
blackace

If it's like OnLive where all the games are streaming from a server, then I'll pass. I see the controller, but I have yet to see what the console looks like. If the console only has 8 GB of space, is there a way to upgrade the memory? How big will the games be. Will they all be 32bit retro games like FF III? They really haven't told us enough.

TheBlackEclipse
TheBlackEclipse

I'm glad. Final Fantasy III is one of the most underrated Final Fantasy games right after V. Everybody is too quick to give VII all of their praise and adoration these days. In my opinion, the series was best on the NES and SNES.

fester420
fester420

Why has square never gotten around to re-releasing ff6 yet?

penguinguyx
penguinguyx

Hopefully, this will not be a port of the DS version. An "optimized" version of the original graphics would be best.

Succumbus
Succumbus

I feel tempted to back with the $99... but shouldn't I simply be able to buy one once it's released for the same price...? Or is there some advantage to backing?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

A Demo version of Final Fantasy 3. I guess that is Ouya "pack in" game. This could be a sleeper cult console. Hopefully it goes well.

franzito
franzito

Ouya? What kind of name is that?

mr_england
mr_england

Why do they keep mentioning that it can be plugged into an ordinary TV like that's some sort of special feature? That's how pretty much every home console I've ever owned has worked.

Cillah187
Cillah187

Oh Christ... The comments about the name have begun. If it has games you like, if it plays them well, if it has a good price, what does it matter if the name is a little bit strange? Open your tiny little closed minds for once in your lives and get over it.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

if we can survive with the name "Wii", then we can survive with the name "ouya"

fajin36
fajin36

Let's give this machine a chance...it may not be for you, but it'll find it's market.

Llama345
Llama345

I feel like they are trying to pull a fast one.  This isn't the FFVI with espers that most people love. 

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

So that makes two to three things to look for in Ouya.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Hold the phone, stop the presses Final Fantasy is on the thing......

Uh I don't care.....

Am I supposed to get excited for this? I'd rather play Baldur's Gate....whatta ya know I own Baldur's Gate and all of the D&D games that followed....

XeonForce
XeonForce

What does the Ouya do that any PC made in the last 10 years won't?

rising_k
rising_k

Looking good, the problem to me was that they choose the wrong FFIII, I want a remake of FFVI, not a port of FFIII. Well at least Square is supporting the thing so that's a good thing, hope it doesn't fail like the Wonder Swan Color though. Having only Final Fantasy on there especially a port won't do it no justice unless it sells a bundle for Square.

luqmanr
luqmanr

I wish there's Kingdom Hearts for OUYA, even if it's a remake of BBS, 358/2, Coded, 3D, or even the first two, I don't mind.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Still the only important FF game that never had its original version released anywhere outside of Japan.

Tauu
Tauu

If Ouya has great exclusive games that generate a lot of buzz, the $99 console will sell millions in no time. Console gaming has become too expensive and dull due to uninteresting games. Ouya could change all of that. Game development needs to be brought back down to a smaller scale like what we had in the 80's and 90's. If that environment can exist again, there will be innovative and exciting new games popping out left and right.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

you guys should hold off on the  criticism till its release for a good while keep an open mind. i know sometimes i forget to do that 

Slipknotdayof9
Slipknotdayof9

 @blackace

It can play AAA level games (though it may have slightly lower graphics, not sure though). Forget where I saw it, but it was a confirmed announcement. If I'm not mistaked the Kickstarter page or its youtube page had a video where it showed it playing a game in development with "Binary Domain" styled graphics. Besides its supposed to be a syestem where anyone can design their own games.. a starting point even for  AAA developers to get a basic idea down for a game without having to buy a kit. So that would further that point.

Slipknotdayof9
Slipknotdayof9

 @TheBlackEclipse

 I do like 3. But 7 despite it being the common favorite.. is still my favorite. GRANTED I am 16 and I was born right around its release so it was also my first. To me Final Fantasy got bad at 13... didnt have the freedom or feel of past games. Didnt bother with 13-2 (yet)..maybe it got better.

leeko_link
leeko_link

 @penguinguyx Android already got this game so it's likely Ouya would get the Android port of the DS remake. The real 2D Final Fantasy III is still on the Famicom to this day. Square Enix even mention that the game would be a port of the DS & PSP version.

obsequies
obsequies

 @franzito most linux based systems/applications use strange names..ubuntu..you know how many not in the know people can't pronounce that properly 

bbkkristian
bbkkristian

 @Llama345 It isn't, but this one is one to give a shot; it introduces the majestic job system. Every Final Fantasy fan who hasn't gotten the chance to experience it is missing out

obsequies
obsequies

 @XeonForce xbmc on you're hdtv for 90 dollars without the need to have your big laptop always running it..while trying to figure out how to use a remote for it. Also..this is basically the steam box done right..without valve behind it because they wouldn't even try a risk like this..I imagine if valve did it you would be for it

Falru
Falru

 @XeonForce Offer a standardized platform for indie game development that (hopefully) doesn't bullshit developers to death.

WhiteStormy
WhiteStormy

 @tehtimeisnow The avatar alone screams "Apple fanboy"  so I think your opinion may be a little bias. lol

LtReviews
LtReviews

 @Suikogaiden 

You don't think an Open Source console is going to attract alot of developers?

 

Then you don't think.

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

 @luqmanr he's not gonna give you any facts most likely  he watches fox news 

Cillah187
Cillah187

@swamptick @swamptick So what I said was childish? How do you figure? How is me telling others to open their minds and get over it being childish? I didn't even say it in a childish way. What's your problem with what I said? And what effect did you think saying "Grow up." would have on me?

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

 @obsequies lol Not saying anything bad. I'm saying thats a few things to look forward to on Ouya. I'm pretty sure more will come around.

XeonForce
XeonForce

 @obsequies Why not just plug in a controller or sync a bluetooth remote with your PC? Why not just plug your PC into your TV? You're basically telling me people want to spend $90 on Ouya because they are lazy?

XeonForce
XeonForce

 @Falru Aren't there dozens of platforms available on PC already that don't BS developers to death?

KeeseKiller7
KeeseKiller7

 @luqmanr I've seen him a bunch, but it's not just OUYA. He's just an iPad sheep who keeps trolling on anything not Apple and saying pretty much the same thing.

I think I just saw his comments in the 3DS XL article and the SWTOR article.

Cillah187
Cillah187

And now it seems I have @'d you twice in my message. See what you made me do?