Angry Birds Could Be This Generation's Super Mario Bros. - Okay, hear me out on this one, for my meaning may not be immediately apparent, but I think Angry Birds could be this generation’s Super Mario Bros. Sacrilege, I hear you cry, for how could I possibly compare a mobile phone title to one of the most iconic and influential video games ever created? Understand that I’m not comparing quality or gameplay, but simply the degree to which Angry Birds has gained public mindshare.

Super Mario Bros. is the game that everyone knows. Adults who don’t even play games are sure to be familiar with Mario, and probably have fond memories of playing as a child. Now, the adults who’ve long left their gaming childhoods behind have children of their own. They probably couldn’t name most of the games and characters their kids are into, but I’ll bet they could name Angry Birds.

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digger181415d ago

Ask around and everybody knows and plays angry birds. So i would say yes. Only nerds would say no

PS3Freak1415d ago

People still play Angry Birds?

rezzah1415d ago

People still use computers?

TopDudeMan1415d ago

Just because everyone knows it doesn't mean it's good.

Look at Justin Beiber, for instance.

KillerPwned1415d ago

Stereotype much? Go play your Angry Birds and GTFO...have a nice day :)

rezzah1415d ago

It could be, based on how much of a impact it has on the younger generation.

You will see people who deny this, these people are those who were very much like today's children with Mario instead of a round bird.

All is speculation, but outright denying the possibility without thought is immature.

Only the future will tell.

bicfitness1415d ago

+1 for being reasonable on N4G.

We'll have to wait another generation (not gaming, but population) to find out, but it could indeed be true. Just as it could not be. We'll have to see where the franchise is in a few years, and compare that to Nintendo's current (at that time) success with Mario.

Alos881415d ago

Mario was a unique phenomenon; there was nothing like it at the time it came out, and so it left a huge impression on a generation of children.
Angry Birds will not have the same impact because we are living in a society now where gaming is much more mainstream, and where we have seen games like Angry Birds a thousand times before.

rezzah1414d ago

I agree to some degree.

But the problem is we don't accept the possibility of how society perceives things each generation. The way which something may become popular back in the 80s isnt the same how something else will be popularized in the future. Mario is still a creation of a single generation. When 80 years or more have passed after Mario's "birth", then we may notice the biggest change.

Every 10 years after the creation of Mario, the strength of his iconic view will lessen. This is because children do not grow up with Mario, they have other images to cling on. In this case Angry Birds is this imagery.

The strength of Mario's effect on society will slowly die overtime.

Alos881414d ago

That seems sensible enough, but I doubt children are going to remember Angry Birds in the same way, our society has the internet now, our attention spans are more about looking for the next big thing, spending 5 minutes on it and then moving on.
And that's what I think will happen to Angry Birds; it will be an amusing distraction, a mere footnote compared to legacy of Mario.

dark-hollow1415d ago

Come and talk when angry birds stay relevant for five more years, let alone 25!

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