Angry Birds, 1 Billion Downloads and Nintendo?

by Brooks Weaver. 0 Comments

So today is Wednesday.  Hump Day.  The middle of the week.

But what else is today all about?  Apparently, thanks to the itch that a lot of us have (and I’m one of them) to play the various versions of Rovio’s Angry Birds, the game has finally hit the 1 billionth download mark.  That’s a lot of birds flying in the air to enact their revenge on the pigs.

Pigs… Bacon… Sorry, I have to take a moment to salute the first member of the BLT gang.  ALL HAIL BACON!!

Ok. Back to it.

Now, some people would look at this number and wish that they could have been the one(s) to have thought up, developed and deployed the game at $.99 a download.  Yes, once again, I’m one of them.

But I want to take a different approach to this monumental accomplishment since it all started with Apple’s App Store.  I want to recognize the feet by sending out a request to have a new app developed and deployed for the App Store.

As I was driving home today from work, I was reminded of an idea that many have had and none have seen come to fruition.

I grew up in the 1980s.  Van Halen, Knight Rider, G.I. Joe, Def Leopard, Transformers and yes, Nintendo.  Mario, Luigi, Zelda and even Simon from both Castlevanias.

Now to date some of the major game development companies, like Atari (Atari’s Greatest Hits app), CAPCOM (CAPCOM ARCADE app) and Warner Bros. (Midway Arcade app) have put out their own apps to provide the much needed RETRO-FIX that a lot of us who grew up in the 1980s need from time-to-time, as well as, all of the younger (and older) gamers who can’t get enough of the games from that period.  But there’s one company that hasn’t done this and REALLY should.  That’s right.  You guessed it.  NINTENDO!!

Looking at the millions of dollars that Apple has accumulated thanks to their App Store not to mention the billions of dollars that they have paid to the vast sea of app developers to date, you would think that Nintendo would jump on board like Atari, CAPCOM and Warner Bros.  I mean, there is A LOT of money to be made by Nintendo with their own “greatest hits” app – providing such hits as Super Mario Bros. 3, Excite Bike, Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest and whole lot more to anyone with an iOS device and 30 seconds to waste.

Every time I’ve brought up the notion of being able to play Super Mario Bros. 3 on an iOS device (iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad), I’ve been met with A LOT of approval.

So, where is it, Nintendo?  Take some of the people that you’ve devoted to making the Wii-U and get them on to this “greatest hits” app project.  It will pay back in the end and it will help to get you out of the slump that you are currently in.

Let me know your thoughts below on this app.  I want to hear your comments on the matter.

Thanks for reading.

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