App store success story Angry Birds has spread its wings across a number of platforms now, from iPhones to Androids, e-readers and even internet browsers. The big question, however, is whether Rovio will port their catapulting kamikazes onto home consoles. The company haven't been afraid to criticize the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo in the past, but have today told Eurogamer they're looking at "every console" for a potential Angry Birds port, dubbing Nintendo's upcoming Wii U a "natural match".
"We're looking at all the consoles," Rovio's vice president of franchise development Ville Heijari told Eurogamer. "We haven't announced any particular titles for any console, but we are looking at every console at the moment." It's been suggested Rovio could follow the likes of Fruit Ninja, which launched as a smartphone App before evolving into a full-blown Kinect title. But according to Heijari, it's not Microsoft but Nintendo that their swine-slaying birds would prefer.
"If you look at the control methods, if you look at the Wii U, I mean that's a really, really natural match," he explains. "So obviously we're very interested in developing there as well." The Wii U's unique controller, which sports a 6.2" touch-screen, could be used to sling back and unleash Angry Birds' avian roster, on the go or fed straight to your television.
The problem developers face in porting successful apps to home consoles is the prospect of losing their portable value. We all love the likes of Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja because we can play them at home, on the train, at work, wherever. A console port would abolish this feature, so you can understand why Rovio appear to prefer the Wii U's semi-portable appeal. However, Nintendo have another portable on their hands, too; the 3DS. What do Rovio think of that?
"The 3DS is a really interesting platform," Heijari reveals. "Many people doomed it outright as it being somehow gimmicky, but obviously the same thing as with the Wii U: if you look at the 3DS, Angry Birds games would make a perfect match there." However, the challenge of a console conversion appears to have lit a fire beneath Rovio, who are more than up to the challenge. "We're looking at consoles and seeing how we can bring the current gameplay, the basic slingshot offering, into a really compelling and engaging title for the current consoles."
What do you think, Dealspwners? What console should Angry Birds make it to? [Eurogamer]