Submitted by legendoflex 969d ago | opinion piece

Overcoming the Past: Nintendo, Sega, and the Nostalgia Trap

GenGAME writes: "Nostalgia is both a blessing and a curse for the games industry. On the one hand, it represents good and memorable content that has stuck with people throughout the years – and that’s a powerful asset for anyone looking to capture hearts and minds. On the other hand, however, relying too much on nostalgia often misses the point of video games: to captivate us with compelling interactive experiences.

"There’s an extent to which players expect the nostalgic feelings that come with certain franchises and the gameplay, characters, and world they bring with them. But there’s also an extent to which they expect fresh new ideas that expand the gaming horizon." (New Super Mario Bros Wii, New Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, PS3, Retro, Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

lilbroRx  +   969d ago
Wow, trying to write off Nintendo success as "nostalgia." Well I guess there have been dumber thing people have tried to dismiss their achievements with.

So a 5 year old boy who takes to Mario over every other game he plays after his first time playing games is doing so because of "nostalgia."
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Feldman9000  +   969d ago
It's not nostalgia, it's what worked. Sonic and Mario in 3D had tons of issues. 2D is much more playable. Same can be said for Castlevania. It's not like you're going to see Madden go back to window passing. That would be nostalgia.
legendoflex  +   969d ago
Did either of you (who are commenting before me) even read the article?
roykoopa64  +   969d ago
Good article! A good game built off a popular franchise should both instill some nostalgia yet add new elements of gameplay for it to truly be called a success.
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delboy  +   968d ago
And somehow you forgot that mario, zelda, metroid and others went 3d a decade ago.
from the beach  +   968d ago
Plenty of the 2D revival games have pushed us into new ground, the most obvious being Hard Corps Uprising, but also the Mario games which have combined 2D and 3D elements as well as harnessing the features of new hardware.

Elsewhere we've simply had really good additions to classic series, Mega Man 9, Sonic 4 etc. - who would complain about that?

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