The game proved Rovio was chasing something with its casual but compelling formula. Rio and Seasons became the third and fourth most downloaded games of the year while the original was still on top of the list, making Rovio to own three out of the five biggest mobile games of 2011.
The next year, it occupied four positions in the Top Ten in both iOS and Google Play, thanks to the launch of Angry Birds Space. And while Temple Run took the top spot in both list, the original Angry Birds was still took No.1 place on Google Play.
The original Angry Birds initially attracted players by its free-to-play Lite version, but regular updates to the full game worth $0.99 will keep it on top of the full-year download on both iOS and Android.
Success in the mobile market allowed Rovio to gather resources to invest elsewhere, and the full potential of the brand’s was soon tested in other fields. Fast forward to today and the Rovio studio has launched two full-length animated movies — which, the company claimed that, are just merely becoming a $500 million franchise in their own term — plus animation series broadcasted on Netflix and YouTube that have attracted over 10 billion views. More than 1.8 billion consumer products have been manufactured and sold in over 100 countries worldwide, and there are even theme parks and play areas which similar to the concept of Disneyland.
Kati Levoranta, Rovio representative shared that
“We show how our brand can grow. Of course, that requires continuous innovation and creative mindset. Angry Birds has proved that this is definitely possible, and Rovio can even go as far as making a feature film. The success of Angry Birds helped set the scene for Finland’s mobile games industry, likes those of Nokia and Digital Chocolate.
The character name “Jumpman” isn’t popular for long which led Nintendo executives to change to “Mario” because of the likeness to the company’s landlord although they were still worried of whether or not the game would be successful due to the story-like style was a new feature in the video game genre at that time.
Executives even wondered whether the name would be appropriate as in Japanese, “kong” means gorilla, and “donkey” was a word meant stupid. Fortunately, “Donkey Kong” ended up doing very well.
After years of selling its games made for devices developed by other companies, Nintendo developed and released its own game console, the Nintendo Entertainment System, to worldwide market in 1985.
It was a big bet when Nintendo decided to make gaming consoles; however it paid off as the NES sold over 60 million units. The New York Times regarded the buzz for the gaming system as a “teenage cultural phenomenon” in 1988.
In 1985, Mario got his big break to become the star as Miyamoto reinvented “Donkey Kong” for the Nintendo Entertainment System with the same objective of rescuing the Princess Peach, and saving the Mushroom Kingdom.
In this Feb. 6, 1997, Shigeru Miyamoto, developer of Super Mario video game series, introduced Super Mario 64 at the Nintendo Co. headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. Although Mario hasn’t changed much in nearly three decades, the latest released version “The New Super Mario Bros. Wii,” has become one of the holiday season’s top titles which helped Nintendo to bounce back after the Video Game Crash of 1983 when there were too many bad games and ill-functioning consoles launched in the market. Children were more familiar with Mario than they were with Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. Mario and his brother Luigi have become a full-blown sensation and one of the most iconic, phenomenon and mass-produced video games of all time.
Capcom Capcom is one of the oldest video game developers with some of the greatest hits under its flagship, including Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Mega Man, Capcom,… generating revenue of $952 million. People all around the world still play their classic arcade games although the company regularly releases new editions of its popular franchises. Ubisoft Ubisoft is a French video game company and publisher started since 1986, well-known for its smashing games, such as Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and Tom Clancy. Through time they have built themselves into the ranks of the elite video game companies of the world at the same time expanding and opening stores across the globe to stay relevant in the biggest markets. Such a smart strategy! Sega SEGA is a Japanese company that has given us some of the best classic games ever such as Sonic the Hedgehog which is still making new and updated editions bringing the highest grossing franchise of all time to SEGA.
Electronic Arts We all know Electronic Arts (EA) as father of FIFA. No one would have believes that it EA once considered soccer games as a joke. It’s such a twisted that FIFA has become their flagship game with the highest selling franchise in the industry. EA is also known as the king of sports games with new editions of videos games of the most popular sports every year with better graphics and updated players. At the beginning, EA was considered as being one of the worst gaming companies in the USA, it stepped up its game throughout the years to become one of the richest. Nintendo Nintendo was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889, developing for gaming enthusiasts some of legendary characters, like Mario and Zelda, bringing huge profits out of them, as well. Besides, Nintendo also producer of game consoles that directly compete with PlayStation and Xbox. The most famous gaming franchises of Nintendo are Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Pokémon.