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Nintendo: We have not objected to Flappy Bird

House of Mario says it has made no legal pursuit after popular iOS and Android game is taken down

Nintendo has indicated it has not pursued legal options regarding the aesthetic similarities between its Mario games and the mobile sensation Flappy Bird.


In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa confirmed the corporation has not submitted any complaints against Flappy Bird or its creator, Dong Nguyen.

"While we usually do not comment on the rumors and speculations, we have already denied the speculation last week," he said.

The statement comes in response to allegations from consumers and some journalists that the game has profited from plagiarism.

Flappy Bird, a game where players tap on the screen to navigate a bird through obstacles that look like warp pipes from Nintendo's Mario series, became a mobile games sensation but is no longer available on the App Store or Google Play.

Nguyen, who is based in Vietnam, wrote on Twitter at the weekend that the game's success "ruins my simple life".

"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore," he added.

Although Nguyen did not provide any specific reasons for why the game has been removed, it is believed that he received a great deal of criticism for its similarities to Mario.

Nguyen pre-empted claims that Flappy Bird's removal is due legal reasons: "It is not anything related to legal issues," he said.

"I just cannot keep it anymore."