Despite reports to the contrary, Shigeru Miyamoto is only human. Even the man at the top of Nintendo's creative pyramid isn't immune to the charms of iOS hit Angry Birds, admitting on a recent press tour his fondness for the game — with a catch.

Speaking to press, Miyamoto said:

What I like about Angry Birds is that it has a traditional video game [feel] to it, but also a very creative side. And you can really feel that they’re having fun developing the game. That's what I like about it.

Miyamoto praised the simple idea behind Rovio's hit and, like many, wishes he'd thought of it first:

Angry Birds is a very simple idea but it’s one of those games that I immediately appreciated when I first started playing, before wishing that I had been the one to come up with the idea first. I mean, obviously I want to be the one creating the most convincing, surprising game ideas.

Sounds like an open and shut case, but Miyamoto had one last thing to say on the matter:

Obviously, if the developer had created the game for Nintendo DS the controls would have been even better, but what can you do?

Oh, Miyamoto. Always on message.

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