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Miyamoto admits respect for Angry Birds

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With close to 1 billion downloads, it's safe to say Angry Birds is a moderate success for Rovio. Now, Nintendo's star producer Shigeru Miyamoto has gone on record to say he, too, is among the game's many fans, telling Hookshot Inc. he regrets not thinking of it himself.

“There aren’t many games that I’ve played recently that have been truly convincing to me,” he admitted while catching a breather from his 3DS promotion tour at the Louvre Museum in Paris. “But that said, I have very much enjoyed Angry Birds, especially the way in which it combines traditional and new game elements in exciting ways. Angry Birds is a very simple idea but it’s one of those games that I immediately appreciated when I first started playing, before wishing that I had been the one to come up with the idea first.”

Miyamoto further praised the game's controls, admitting that while they take a little practice, their intuitive design and precision make for a compelling experience. That said, he added Angry Birds could have been pulled off better on Nintendo's own hardware, noting, “Obviously, if the developer had created the game for Nintendo DS the controls would have been even better, but what can you do?”

Touche, Mr. Miyamoto. Perhaps we'll see a version of Angry Goombas on the Wii or Wii U eShop?

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9 comments

  • Nikku7 - April 12, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    Well, Miyamoto, I doubt Angry Birds Space would exist without Super Mario Galaxy, or Mario, for that matter. Angry Birds is just an over-sized minigame and I've definitely played better. Nintendo doesn't need to make games like these unless it's something like Warioware, which is awesome.
  • radiodeaf - April 12, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    I think you miss the point of gaming...it doesn't matter on size, style, genre... it comes down to you enjoying it. =P I like how you tried to correct Miyamoto. Some nerve. Though, I wonder how Angry Bird's Space relates to Super Mario Galaxy when you said it wouldn't exist without it? If correlation came from "Galaxy" and "Space"...don't you think it's a bit of a stretch?
  • KnowYourPokemon - April 12, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    But, but, they both have gravity physics concepts! It obviously got that idea from SMG! Gravity in games has not existed until that very game was released.
  • WTeen8 - April 12, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    Death Egg Zone: Sonic 3 and Knuckles Gravity Man Stage: Mega Man 5 Wacky Gadget: Sonic Adventure 2 So how about that gravity physics? Super Mario galaxy sure pioneered that one.
  • KnowYourPokemon - April 12, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    I feel the sense of sarcasm from my post has gone *woosh* right over your mudkip head.
  • shawksta - April 12, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    If they did, they would add the nintendo twist to make it unique and different, but I pray to God they dont.
  • shawksta - April 12, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    Angry birds is coming to the 3DS anyways isnt it? They stated it, then ignored it, and then reminded us its still coming. Angry birds isnt THAT deserving, yes its popular but its randomly for its character charm, and the fact that its easy to play phone game. Either way its still popular, it got lucky.
  • Redeater - April 12, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    If Bioshock is the Breaking Bad of the videogame world then Angry Birds is that commercial for shampoo with the catchy jingle. Also, how the fuck is Angry Birds still relevant?? Jesus even toddlers get tired of the same thing after awhile.
  • mbavalo - April 13, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    Ha ha ha. Better controls on Nintendo? Yet they never stick to any controller design? That has just made my night!

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