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In a post on the official Ouya forums, forum administrator Ed Krassenstein states that a variety of emulators are being prepped for the March 28th launch of Ouya, designed to play NES, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64 ROMs. A representative for Ouya has responded to Game Informer with a statement on the company's policy towards emulators.
Krassenstein's post reveals that a number of emulator developers have already submitted their programs to Ouya for review, which should ensure their availability on the console's March 28th launch if they pass inspection. While the emulators themselves are not illegal, developers have no way of confirming whether or not a ROM has been obtained legally – if it's even possible to legally obtain a ROM. That grey area doesn't seem to be a problem for the company; when asked about emulators, a spokesperson for Ouya gave Game Informer the following statement:
"OUYA will accept emulators as long as they adhere to our content guidelines and are not submitted with any games."
The content guidelines for Ouya don't appear to have any rules that would prohibit emulators, though under the entry for "Illegal Activity," the guide simply states "Use good judgment and do not break the law." If anything, the company's statement appears to confirm that there will be a variety of emulators available on the new console, though we won't know how they will handle importing or playing ROMs until owners start receiving them in the mail. Also unknown is what legal recourse Nintendo may have against Ouya and whether or not the company is interested in pursuing it.
We have asked Ouya some follow-up questions and will update this story if and when the company responds. Ouya will start shipping out consoles on March 28.
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That's music to my ears ^__^
Somebody's going to get mad.
Nintendo isn't doing so well so most likely they would sue.
It's only a matter of time before Nintendo's lawyers into the field. Nintendo just goes rigorous action against ROMs, emulators, and technical resources to enable us to run such.
considering how cool nintendo is on using their out dated tech to make 3rd party systems, I couldn't see this as being a huge deal for them.
Thats the only reason why Im getting my ouya is for the emulators. Im gonna load that beast up as soon as I get my ouya.
I really don't see the point in the Ouya.
I might be the only one who hopes Nintendo stops them. The Ouya developers don't seem very professional in their approach. Besides, I can emulate on my computer if I want. This is pitiful of the Ouya devs, and I hope Nintendo, along with any other company they emulate the systems of, intervenes. They are just too many ways for this to turn into piracy, and we need a more median approach to prevent piracy. Always-online is an awful thing, but so is allowing emulation on your console. Ouya is completely working against other company's anti-piracy efforts, when the industry should have some sort of standard procedure. It's not the emulation I have a problem with, it's more the way this can hurt Nintendo's Virtual Console sales (and I would like to see the current Big Three all last a while) and the way that this opens the door for piracy.
If Nintendo actually allows this to stand, expect to see many, many more home console emulators of their (and other companies') systems in the near future.
At this point, who cares about emulators for such old consoles? Give the people what they want!