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Next Gen? Give Me Last Gen.

Posted by GoodOrEvil , 23 June 2011 · 457 views

With the announcement of the Wii U at E3 and the release of the 3DS, the eighth generation of video games seems well on the way for Nintendo. We all know what that means - new technology, new games, and forking out more money for new consoles and handhelds. And, as it's Nintendo, there's then the feeling of annoyance at the release of a new redesign mere weeks are taking the plunge.

This time, I'm waiting. I see the advantages - the hope of a price drop, a redesign, the release of more games that interest me - as outweighing having to wait. I have enough games from not only the current generation to interest me, but also that of third generation onwards.

The Virtual Console, the DSi Store, Good Old Games and eBay, as well as the slightly grayer areas of emulation, means playing the gems from years gone by has never been easier. This also comes at a greatly reduced price - less than $10 for games for which some are seen as the best ever. $35 for a Gameboy Colour on eBay compared to $350 for a 3DS. Plus, Nintendo products have been proven to be tougher than diamonds*. It's not hard to find one in working condition.

Of course, not every game ages well. Ocarina of Time may have been judged to be the best game ever multiple times, across multiple magazines and websites, but in this day and age Twilight Princess will be seen to be a better game. Nostalgia helps, and I feel I'll always be able to play that game because it was an integral part of my childhood, but for someone with limited to no experience with the game will have a much harder time enjoying it. Why do you think Nintendo chose to reboot it for the 3DS? Other than the obvious answer of "for money", it will also introduce a new generation of gamers to one of the finest games in our history.

New consoles and games are great. But I think I can hold off for just a little bit longer.

*May not actually have been proven.

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At least Nintendo hasn't done much redesigning of home consoles. So I think we are safe with the WiiU. But I agree with you. I'll be holding off for a little while. But the 3DS is mighty tempting, with the DS back-catalogue, as I do not own a DS.

As for old games, they are certainly very accessible and equally as enjoyable. Some titles are only good in a nostalgic sense, but some titles are literally timeless. Especially now that the old retro look is new again, i.e. in the downloadable sector. And I haven't heard anyone challenging Ocarina's status yet. :P
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PlasmaDavid
Jun 24 2011 08:03 AM
Okay GoE, you know we're very similar, but I draw the line at STEALING OLD BLOG POSTS OF MINE AND POSTING THEM AS YOUR OWN.

:P
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I do not own a DS.

SACRILEGIOUS!!!
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SACRILEGIOUS!!!

:cry:
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