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Will 'Angry Birds' Be Bigger Than Mario?

Gaming 2011/09/29 15:00:00
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He’s been fearlessly diving down pipes that teleport him to the Mushroom Kingdom for over 25 years and is, without question, the most recognizable face in video game history. With appearances in over 200 video games (don’t worry, we won’t list them here,) Nintendo’s mascot, the pint–size, portly plumber from Brooklyn, Mario might have finally met his match.

No, Nintendo isn’t creating a game where Bowser finally squashes our hero. Rovio, developer of the “if you don’t have it on your phone, you must not own a smart phone” video game sensation, “Angry Birds” has been rapidly gaining momentum in the two years since its initial release.



Now, its popularity even looks to surpass the plumber in units sold. IGN reported that earlier in the year, “the big N” declared that the core Mario games have sold 262 million units world-wide. Now the site has presented a by-the-numbers stat listing of the Angry Birds franchise. To date, 350 million copies of “Angry Birds” have been downloaded for all platforms. The game itself cost a mere $136,000 to develop and now Rovio is valued at 1.2 billion.

On top of that, there’s two million pieces of “Angry Birds” merchandise sold each month. There’s 640 levels spanning the original game, as well as its Rio and Seasons expansions, up from 63 when the original game first launched. Every single day, there’s 300 million minutes of the game played.

Rovio believes that their “Angry Birds” series will be bigger than Mario. Are the lovable fling-able birds the future of gaming, or will the plumber continue to shine with each and every new release?
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  • Sarah 2012/04/18 01:22:58
    No
    Sarah
    +1
    this shouldn't be here, it's not a question, but a sick joke!
  • baogamesonline 2012/01/18 00:28:33
  • Kebenzis 2011/12/22 16:15:39
    No
    Kebenzis
    That kind of insulted me...
  • BlackPoison 2011/11/26 02:21:16
    No
    BlackPoison
    NEEEEEEEEEVEEEEEEEEEER
  • m 2011/11/22 23:16:59
    No
    m
    -______-
  • Orangedragan 2011/11/13 17:24:15
    No
    Orangedragan
    Quantity =/= Quality.
  • Greatkibble 2011/11/10 13:55:50 (edited)
  • Light 2011/11/09 03:10:23
    No
    Light
    We will see in the next 20 year. By then nobody would probably not even care what Rovia says.
  • Jessica 2011/10/26 03:46:11
    No
    Jessica
    No! Mario is better D:
  • mae ann olloves 2011/10/21 01:14:45
    Yes
    mae ann olloves
    will add me in fb mae ann olloves
  • Lazarus Long 2011/10/06 03:28:08
    No
    Lazarus Long
    +2
    Those birds should be grateful, not angry.
    sonic
  • Vee 2011/10/05 16:40:48
    No
    Vee
    +1
    I don't think so. cause Nintendo is still a legend and until now they are still playing and talking about it.. Angry birds.. its been famous for awhile but I don't hear so much about it now he he
  • Snowman :3 2011/10/05 01:40:23
    No
    Snowman :3
    i hate mario but most of the world hates angry birds its not even that good
  • xxbabeybilliexx 2011/10/04 19:32:01
  • FordCrews 2011/10/04 18:22:01
    No
    FordCrews
    Mario pretty much created the gaming industry, angry birds is just a version of worms for those that aren't smart enough to play worms.
  • beautiful death 2011/10/04 17:34:00
    No
    beautiful death
    +2
    Angry Birds may be the rave now but Mario will always be the best
  • Qwik619 2011/10/04 04:53:02
    No
    Qwik619
    no nononononono HELL NAH!
  • mae ann... Qwik619 2011/10/21 01:17:24
    mae ann olloves
    +4
    awpt!!!
  • Whizzy 2011/10/03 23:00:17
    No
    Whizzy
    +2
    Angry who? Mario is a gaming Icon, even hardcore Mario haters recognize the importance this character has had for the video game industries in general and Nintendo in particular.
    Don't get me wrong, the numbers crunched by this Angry birds hype are impressive but are no comparison towards a console based game character like Mario.

    People won't run to the shops with the sole purpose of buying the new Angry Birds, in contrast to the release of a new Mario game which will be discussed and anticipated months upfront by the gaming community and press.

    I would rather place AB in the same category as Bubble Bobble, Jewels and other flash related games that you find in the millions on the internet. (I guess) We all have played our fair share of bejeweld and jewel solitaire and probably even downloaded one of those popcap/bigfish/iZone/hotgames games. Those birds will hang on for a while but then disappear in oblivion just like it happend with the Yeti Sports series
  • Jessica Whizzy 2011/10/26 03:46:38
  • Gasbagmike 2011/10/03 19:35:03
    No
    Gasbagmike
    not a chance
  • AhmedSabeck 2011/10/03 18:41:51
    No
    AhmedSabeck
    Definetly Not, Mario was EPIC !! He could crush these birds any time...
  • juskro92 2011/10/03 18:39:51
    No
    juskro92
    +1
    sorry. mario is timeless. angry birds is just a fad.
  • Christian 2011/10/03 15:19:46
    No
    Christian
    Right now it may seem like its really big but I think it will die down eventually but hey what do I know
  • Judex Dirum 2011/10/03 15:14:37
    No
    Judex Dirum
    Angry Birds isn't fun.
  • AlliePonie 2011/10/03 07:45:40
    No
    AlliePonie
    Of course not! For the longest time, Super Mario Brothers was the best selling game in the world. Angry birds is currently just a fad in my opinion.
  • cheshirewayne 2011/10/02 22:01:37
    No
    cheshirewayne
    Maybe, but Mario has 30 years on Angry Birds.
  • XoXMartyrXoX 2011/10/02 20:49:30
    No
    XoXMartyrXoX
    am I really the only person who sees this as an overpriced flash game?
  • John Michaels 2011/10/02 20:30:20
    No
    John Michaels
    Mario's way better than those birds.,
  • Jasmine 2011/10/02 19:53:59
    No
    Jasmine
    NOOOO!! XO
  • iSceneCupcakes<3 2011/10/02 18:33:18
    No
    iSceneCupcakes<3
    No way, mario is WAY bigger then angry birds is & ever will be
  • Beth 2011/10/02 15:52:48
    No
    Beth
    +1
    That's just insulting. Mario is classic. Angry Birds is a fad. It will die...
  • icefiremadness 2011/10/02 13:23:16
    No
    icefiremadness
    Heck no. Mario has been around for longer, and still constantly gets better.
  • Jay J 2011/10/02 12:13:51
    No
    Jay J
    +1
    NO WAY!!
  • Anthea 2011/10/02 11:04:53
    No
    Anthea
    I think NOT. Mario is more fun than Angry Birds cause Mario is more fun than Angry Birds and Angry Birds was so make me CRAZY!
  • Ty.bow95 2011/10/02 05:39:00
    No
    Ty.bow95
    I sure as hell hope not. Angry Birds may possibly be the most annoying game I have ever seen.
  • 『•N•o•i•s•e•』 2011/10/02 03:57:15
    No
    『•N•o•i•s•e•』
    Mario is a classic.
  • The Runnel Rat 2011/10/02 03:23:57
    No
    The Runnel Rat
    NEEEVEERRR!!! I sleep in Mario Pajamas! I applaud Mario right now! *clap, clap, clap* Why do some people think a bunch of bird-brains are going to take over our beloved Mario? Just because they outsell us dosen't mean they outweigh us in love for the legend! Sure, Angry Birds is cool, but Mario ROCKS HARDER!!!
  • PsychoG 2011/10/02 02:39:31
    No
    PsychoG
    NEVER!!!
  • Emo~HappyFace:) 2011/10/02 00:31:56

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