Nintendo is not to be blamed for the removal of Flappy Bird from iTunes and the Google Play stores, reports the Wall Street Journal.

It had been speculated that Hanoi-based game developer Dong Nguyen had been forced to remove the game because of similarities to Super Mario Bros., but Nintendo says it made no complaints about the game.

"While we usually do not comment on the rumours and speculations, we have already denied the speculation," a Nintendo rep told WSJ in an email.

Nguyen has been on the receiving end of much internet abuse, which on the face of it appears to be the reason he chose to remove the game and himself from public attention.

Source: WSJ