Ouya Heralds Emulation By Tweeting Image of Super Mario Bros.

It wants Mario to be free, apparently

Ouya - the Android-based, open source console that has the capability to run emulators - is now available to buy and has already whipped up a storm of controversy.

Naturally, piracy is an issue that has surrounded the new console ever since its inception and will always swarm around it, but Ouya hasn't exactly helped matters by tweeting out a picture of NES classic Super Mario Bros. along with the hashtag #FreetheGames.

In what looks to be a PR disaster, Ouya's official Twitter account quoted a tweet listing several reasons to buy the console including the ability to play "retro" games with the image of the Nintendo-only game. Yes, playing Super Mario Bros. on the device would indeed be illegal.

Here's the tweet in question:

The tweet has since been removed but Nintendo will no doubt have been alerted. Ouya has stated in the past it is against the illegal use of emulators on its system, it just isn't doing a particularly good job of showing it.

Ouya is one of the most high-profile Kickstarter campaigns that has ever existed and raised an unbelievable $8.6 million in 2012. It is designed to house Android and iOS titles but its open nature allows for emulation.

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[via kotaku.com]

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