Mario is by a country mile Nintendo's biggest character and IP (IPs? Depends on who you ask). Heck, even enemies of the Nintendo kingdom played it back in the day and liked it. We all know Nintendo release a lot of Mario games so I'm wondering if Mario is the reason you're a Nintendo fan. If Mario didn't exist, would you have become a Nintendo fan in the first place back in the day? The question is primarily directed at Nintendo fans, but it could work for other people as well (if they hate Mario lol).
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I got introduced to two sides of gaming at the time from two different sets of cousins (one had a NES and one had a Genesis).
Anyways, there is still Donkey Kong, Zelda and third parties which would of got me hooked in the early 1990s.
Pokemon would keep me interested in the late 1990s.
It would be a odd void with no Mario, but I can pretty much say that I would still be a Nintendo fan.
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I would have played whatever my Dad bought for me. But Zelda would have kept me around. I do not like change. Sony was change. But I played it at my Sister in laws house. And watched Skinemax as well.
That's funny because from generation to generation Nintendo tends to change their consoles the most.