I guess I'm in the boat that has moved away from Nintendo as I've grown older.
I'm into PC strategy games a lot. Also Sim games on PC. So that's my deep thinking games.
On consoles I'm interested in RPGs, Sandbox, FPS (which involves a lot more tactical strategy than some people think), and Sports.
But I like realism. And to me more realistic movement (i.e. movement of the Jerseys in basketball on PS3), or realistic graphics like in FNR3 being able to see the sweat pouring off my boxer, or massive environments that take hours, days, and weeks to explore like Oblivion.
You know what changed it all for me. The first time I played MGS on PS1. I couldn't play games that didn't live up to that standard. The story line deep and engaging, the controls, the problem solving within the game, the graphics...
I just couldn't go back to say....Mario Party after that. To me Nintendo became synonimous with "Party Games"
Smash Bros, Mario Party, Mario Kart. And it's just my opinion, but it strikes me as even more of a party console now with the Wiimote and the control, and party type atmosphere.
Which is fine for some people, but I play a lot of games by myself or online. So it wouldn't really benefit. I don't see the games I'm interested in.
Alan Wake, Mass Effect, Lair, Motorstorm, Halo 3, FFXIII, MGS4, DMC4, RE5, Dead Rising, FNR3, Oblivion, Killzone, etc, etc, etc.
I can honestly say I probably had the complete opposite reaction to the Playstation and N64 then you did. I loved playing RPG and Adventure games growing up (and at the same time really enjoyed the arcade games on the Colecovision, NES and SNES) and was all excited about the possibilities of the Saturn and N64.
When I actually started to play these âStory Driven Gamesâ I was amazingly disappointed because all they were was incoherent gibberish, delivered in FMV cut scenes, that was worse than most action movies. It became my opinion that it would be better to have no story than to continue with this crap.
Now, there are great games with good stories but they are in the minority even today.