Angry Birds Dev Calls Nintendo Games “$49 Pieces of Plastic”

Michael French, Angry Birds Developer, had some words about Nintendo:

“It’s interesting to see people like Nintendo saying smartphones are destroying the games industry,” Vesterbacka mulls. “Of course, if I was trying to sell a $49 pieces of plastic to people then yes, I’d be worried too. But I think it’s a good sign that people are concerned – because from my point of view we’re doing something right.”

With millions playing the game, you can see his point. Angry Birds puts beaks out of joint because many don’t see a games brand that started as a 59p app a worthy entry into the history books.

Nevertheless, Rovio is pushing onto more established, high-priced platforms, but only to grow the brand.

“Games consoles for us are just like launching on a new smartphone platform,” says Vesterbacka. “We don’t see…” He stops, more weary of writing off consoles than recent headlines would have you think.

“Look, the console market is important, but it’s also… It’s not dying, but not the fastest growing platform out there. So we don’t see it the way others do. A lot of people in the games industry, they think the ‘real’ games are on consoles. You’re only a ‘real’ games company if you do a big budget game. But we don’t have that inferiority complex.”


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  • BirchSama

    This is bollocks. Without supporting Nintendo’s sayings, Mr. French should be careful before comparing his simple game franchise to the game giant known as Nintendo. Don’t get me wrong, I love Angry Birds, I also adore Nintendo. But to my eyes Nintendo>Angry Birds.

  • SoulArbiter

    “You’re only a ‘real’ games company if you do a big budget game. But we don’t have that inferiority complex.”

    Of course not, Mr. Vesterbacka. That’s why you’re complaining and all. There’s a reason Nintendo has been around in the business for a long time. He ought to think about that reason before he decides to open his mouth.

  • Mustache Killer

    Why do they keep talking trash anyway? They are talking like they have the end all game and it only costs a dollar when in fact i could give a crap about angry birds. its just a boom blocks knock off that blew up only because of its price point.