You know Ouya, right? Well, in case you don’t, it’s the $99 Android-powered console that made history for receiving almost $6 million from more than 45,000 Kickstarter backers. But since the project was announced, one of the most common criticisms was the console’s lack of announced games. Thankfully for disbelievers, Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy III will be available for the Ouya when the console launches on March 2013. In addition, the upcoming version of the seminal role-playing game will be optimized for the Android-powered console and a demo will also be available.
Personally, it’s baffling to me that just a while ago the only way of playing Final Fantasy III in English was by getting the Nintendo DS version. Currently, the 1990 role-playing game is available for Android, iOS and even a PSP version will come out soon (in Japan only.) Furthermore, Square Enix has stated that even though Final Fantasy III is the only game the company has officially announced for the device, it doesn’t mean it’ll be the last. Apparently, the Japanese-based developer is seriously considering bringing other games to the console in the future, but none of them have been confirmed as of this writing.
From a more technical standpoint, Ouya will support HD thanks to its Tegra3 chipset, it’ll come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage and it’ll also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Additionally, the open-source gaming platform will be bundled with a controller and any developer will be able to create games for it. It has also been announced that the console will support OnLive at launch, which seems like a great idea for those players who would like to have access to current-generation titles.