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Ouya offers up limited-edition console to help Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

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Posted on June 30, 2014 AT 02:12pm

Would you like to help support literacy among America’s children and get what might be the best-looking Ouya console to exist to date? If so, then boy do I have a console for you!

Well, I mean, I don’t have the console—I have nothing to do with either the manufacturing and distribution of this “Butterfly-in-the-Sky Blue” Ouya. But I am letting you know about it, which, being fair, is an important part of the process!

By now, I’m sure many of you have heard about the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter, where actor LeVar Burton and the Reading Rainbow team are trying to bring back the classic children’s television show in an effort to help remind kids of the joys and wonders of reading. Well, in one of their most recent updates, the team announced partnerships with five of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time—one of those being the Android-powered Ouya game console.

For a pledge of $250 or more, up to 500 backers will received the limited edition blue Ouya, each and every one hand-signed by Burton. These consoles will only exist as part of Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter project, so once it’s over, so too will be your chance to snag one. (However, you don’t have to only go for the $250 hand-signed version—you can also get the system unsigned as an add-on reward to any package for $175, or donate the system to a classroom of your choice for $150.)

The big question, of course, is if the Reading Rainbow app will be coming to the Ouya or not. The team has promised the app will come to game consoles, mobile and Android devices, the Ouya, and other hardware should the Kickstarter reach $5 million; as of now, it’s sitting at just under $4.6 million with 46 hours to go.

On a personal level, this is easily the best-looking version of the Ouya I’ve seen—and the one that I’d want if I were going for the console. It’s a shame that I still don’t trust that controller.

 

Source: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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