Angry Birds Creator Cites Nintendo and Miyamoto As His Biggest Influences

Jaakko Iisalo clearly has good taste

Angry Birds has become something of a phenomenon in the world of video gaming, and has attained the kind of fame that is usually reserved for the likes of Sonic and Mario.

Rovio creative director Jaakko Iisalo — the man responsible for the concept and look of the Angry Birds games — has revealed to EDGE his main influences:

I'm still heavily inspired by the classic 8- and 16-bit era of gaming, though, Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo being biggest influences.

This isn't the first time Iisalo has made this claim; in an interview with EDGE back in 2011, he admitted that he was so obsessed with the Japanese company as a child that he earned the nickname 'Nintendo-Jaska’.

Iisalo will no doubt be pleased to learn that Miyamoto himself is a fan of his game, and has previously stated that he wished he'd come up with the idea.

Image courtesy of EDGE Online.

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