Rovio hires Remedy fledgling amid Nintendo push

Rovio hires Remedy fledgling amid Nintendo push

By Dominic Sacco

February 7th 2011 at 4:53PM

Petri Järvilehto joins Finnish studio; Wii and 3DS Angry Birds inbound

Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to download a digital version of Angry Birds later this year.

The million-selling iPhone App Store game will also be available on Wii. Finnish developer Rovio has not confirmed whether the game will be digital-only or available at retailers, but it did previously tell MCV it is considering releasing boxed SKUs.

In response to a question from 3DS Focus asking whether Angry Birds would be coming to 3DS, Rovio said on Twitter: “Wii and 3DS later in the year.”

The news comes as Petri Järvilehto joins Rovio as senior VP of console development. He’s one of the co-founders of Remedy Entertainment which has produced games such as Alan Wake.

“We want to make Angry Birds a long-lasting global gaming franchise, and we see the console platforms as a way of delivering an even more entertaining, powerful and involving experience,” said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed.

Järvilehto added: “I think we're only in the beginning, and with consoles we have the opportunity to create a new kind of gaming experience.”

It is not yet known how much Angry Birds will cost to download on the 3DS. It is currently priced at 59p on the App Store.