According to spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa, Nintendo has had no involvement in removing Flappy Bird from Google Play and the App Store.
Flappy Bird is probably one of the oddest success stories to come out of the game industry in some time. The game at its peak was its earning its creator, Dong Nguyen, a solid $50,000 a day. Despite that, Nguyen recently shocked fans when he revealed that he "couldn't take this anymore" and pulled the game from the App Store and Google Play.
Some suspected that Nintendo might have had a hand in this, perhaps responding to some of the game's visuals which look more than a bit similar to the Super Mario Bros series. That said, Nintendo, commenting on the game recently, has affirmed that it had no part in Flappy Bird's removal. "While we usually do not comment on the rumors and speculations, we have already denied the speculation" said Nintendo spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa. The company, he said, has made no complaint.
In other words, unless some other culprit rears its ugly head, blame for the removal of Flappy Bird can be placed firmly at Nguyen's own two feet. It's okay though, hardcore fans can still get their Flappy-fix as long as they have an eBay account and $80,500 to spare.
Source: Wall Street Journal