I can’t understand why some gamers these days, who are generally well into adulthood, are whining that Super Mario is “old and stale” or “needs to be retired” or that every sequel title that comes out is a “rehash” regardless of what new ideas, themes, or mechanics are added to differentiate it from earlier games in the franchise.
NEWS FLASH: When you play the same game in the same franchise and genre for upwards of a decade, there’s a good chance the titles are going to start to feel repetitive or like little is changing as you grow older.
Generally the games I see get this sort of heat are cartoony games such as Super Mario that are aimed primarily at children.
As offensive as it may be for some people to hear this, Super Mario Galaxy 2 or the upcoming Super Mario 3D Land is not going to be the eleventh or twelfth Mario game its target audience will have played. More likely it may be their third or even fourth.
Mario and Mickey Mouse both have a lot in common as,
A. Their adventures tend to be charming, well made, and entertaining.
B. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE NEW KIDS TO ENJOY MICKEY/MARIO WHEN THE OLDER ONES LOSE INTEREST
In other words, there’s a revolving door audience of children who won’t be sick of experiencing a modernized or updated version what an older person has already experienced a thousand times already.
A good kid-friendly video game however, unlike a kid-friendly cartoon, tends to retain its audience well beyond childhood. So while Disney can keep making Mickey Mouse toons with fairly similar plots and action and kids will be happy; with Mario for instance we have adults who’ve played Mario games since childhood ragging on Nintendo for “rehashing old concepts and mechanics” in Mario games, meanwhile the actual target audience who might have played their first Mario game within the last decade is perfectly satisfied.
No, this isn’t a matter of Nintendo “pandering to children who don’t know any better”, its a matter of some adult gamers taking something too seriously that’s not meant to be approached as anything other than an interactive cartoon-like experience.
Then there’s the gamers who will take me calling Super Mario a “children’s cartoon” as an insult, but that’s for a different rant.