DNArington wrote:Just wondering, are games like this and Mario and the like genuinely great games or is it more of a nostalgia factor?
I guess that depends on the type of games you already like. If you like "twitch" games (so we know that Paeter's out), they're often still quite fun. I'm finding myself leaning more and more to the retro games myself, and it's not just because I remember playing them as a teenager. Sometimes I play older games I never got around to playing then (like Castlevania IV) and they're still great.
For me the appeal of the 2-D platformer is the simplicity. I enjoy 3-D games, but they can often frustrate players by making things artificially difficult with bad/deceptive cameras and pop-up details that, if you'd known the thing in question was there earlier (like you would have been able to see if this was real life) you would have done things differently. 2-D games are simpler. When you can't pass a level of a GOOD 2-D game (and believe you me, there are LOTS of bad ones), you at least know what it is that keeps victory from your grasp.
I would highly recommend Mario 3 or Super Mario World (both are purchaseable on the Wii Network at least, and maybe DS, too) if you want to check some out. Mario controls VERY well and the difficulty curve is almost always gentle. If you don't get into a game like that, you probably wouldn't like the trickier 2-D games like the Castlevanias, Mega-Mans and, to bring it back to topic, Duck Tales.
Hope that helps, DNArington!