My buddy and I were shooting an episode for our YouTube Channel, Couch Crabs. I picked up a copy of the Japanese version of Super Mario 64. While discussing how Mario has evolved since then, I kept harking back to the fact that Mario 64 is my all-time favourite Mario game. Probably in my top 3 favourite games ever.
Yes I do realize that there are better Mario games out there. My friend made some good points that Galaxy 2 might be better. I complained that I basically wanted the exact same thing with new levels in a Mario game. Then it hit me. Am I part of the problem with this industry?
A recent Jimquisition went on about how consumers just lap up sequels that are essentially the same game. I stopped buying Call of Duty games years ago because I was getting weary of what I considered to be the same game every year that I enjoyed less each time. The same thing happened with Tony Hawk when Activision essentially bled that series dry and then put it out of its misery. Doing the same with (with minor improvements, I know) everytime isn't always a good thing so I can't help but wonder why I want a sequel to Mario 64 that is basically the same thing. I love every Zelda, though some are worse than others.
Anyways, I'd love to know your thoughts on this. I personally hate when the same game is sequeled to death and yet I'd love for a near identical sequel to a game like Mario64 or Banjo Kazooie. Maybe a world can exist where both can happen. I guess it just depends on the game.