The Angry Birds and the pigs they hate so are already quite popular on mobile devices, but it turns out that the collected escapades for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS in Angry Birds Trilogy also did quite well, pushing past one million units since September 2012. Its console success is apparently enough for its Finnish progenitor, Rovio, to release the game for both Nintendo's original Wii and the more recent Wii U at some point in 2013. The trilogy collects the first Angry Birds game with Seasons and Rio for "700+ levels." It stands to reason that the Wii U version will take advantage of the system's tablet-esque GamePad, but we'll have to wait on Rovio for more info as the year goes on.
ACTIVISION AND ROVIO SOAR PAST ONE MILLION ANGRY BIRDSTM TRILOGY UNITS WORLDWIDE
Companies Confirm Plan to Release Angry Birds Trilogy on Wii UTM This Year
London, UK – 14th February 2013 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), and Rovio Entertainment today announced that Angry Birds™ Trilogy has soared past one million units sold worldwide. Released in September 2012 on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft with Kinect™ for Xbox 360 compatibility, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with full PlayStation®Move support and the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, Angry Birds Trilogy won fans over by combining Rovio's three legendary mobile titles, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio, along with new content, levels and features. Building on this success, Activision and Rovio will release Angry Birds Trilogy for Nintendo's Wii™ and Wii U™ systems in 2013.
"Angry Birds' proven formula for fun and addicting gameplay translated perfectly to the big screen and the consumer response has been overwhelming," said Jennifer Mirabelli, VP of Sales and Marketing for Activision Publishing, Inc.
"It was certainly satisfying to see Angry Birds gameplay adapt so well to other platforms in 2012," said Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games for Rovio. "The features specific to the Wii U are very intriguing to us, so we're excited to release this version to fans."
Completely recreated in striking HD with refined controls, gamers can play Angry Birds Trilogy with all-new animations and interactive backgrounds through 700+ levels with more than 150 hours of addictive gameplay. Angry Birds Trilogy: Anger Management, the recently released DLC pack, features even more content with 130 fan-favourite puzzles like Wreck the Halls and Birdday Party.
Angry Birds Trilogy is rated PEGI 3 and is available now for the Xbox 360 system, the PlayStation3 system and the Nintendo 3DS™ system. For more information, please visit www.activision.com.
About Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release and is now the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds have expanded rapidly in entertainment, publishing and licensing to become a beloved international brand. www.rovio.com
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
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