updated 03:45 am EST, Fri February 25, 2011
Joined by Doodle Jump, Plants vs Zombies, others
After originally stating that mobile apps aren’t an important factor in the success of a smartphone platform, Microsoft today announced that several top iPhone games are set to debut on Windows Phone 7. Launching April 6 will by Rovio’s smash hit Angry Birds, which will be joined by Doodle Jump, Plants vs Zombies, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 and geoDefense. The arrival of Angry Birds comes after some initial controversy which saw Microsoft use the Angry Birds icon amongst its promotional material for the launch of Windows Phone 7 without Rovio’s permission, and well before Rovio had committed to the platform.
While getting Angry Birds and the other titles is a win for Microsoft and its ambitions for Windows Phone 7, Peter Vesterbacka of Rovio has previously said that Apple will be number one for a long time.
"Apple will be the number one platform for a long time from a developer perspective, they have gotten so many things right. And they know what they are doing and they call the shots. Android is growing, but it’s also growing in complexity at the same time."
The news that high profile gaming titles are coming across to Windows Phone 7 is a positive sign of the platform, which has seen renewed interest since Nokia recently announced that it was dropping Symbian as its primary mobile OS for Windows Phone 7.