I never enjoyed NES, I think most of franchises that born by that time only got their true cult and refined status years later with SNES sequels. As a child SNES games were nice to look and played at, even without the 3D PS1/64 bring. Sure some gameplay experiences works better and more sophisticated on 3D, but SNES was the peak of 2D gaming while PS1 was just the start of 3D gaming
For people saying that current indies are mimicking NES gameplay experiences, I honestly feel they are actually mimicking SNES gameplays
But it's not a PS1 vs SNES debate, it's a PS1 vs NES and for me not even in early 2000 NES games were enjoyable anymore. PS1 easily stomps for me
The problem with this is that games NES games were not considered "cult" when the NES was a current console. They were the height of mainstream. Mario and Zelda were the GTA and CoD of their day on the NES. In fact, I am actually lowering their status a bit by comparing them to GTA and CoD. Mario and Zelda had their own TV show and breakfast cereal. The NES had a tremendous impact upon the culture of the day.
These franchises became "cult" because they stopped being like the NES games. When Mario and Zelda turned 3D, especially, they radically changed and their popularity declined. When Nintendo released 2D Mario on the DS and Wii, the sales were explosive blowing away 3D Mario sales. When they made Breath of the Wild they decided to back to the original Zelda game for inspiration. Again the result was massive sales.
I'll repeat what I said before. The main reason why this vote is competitive is there are plenty of people who never experienced the NES in its prime. For the people who were old enough to remember the NES in its prime, and also its cultural impact, this is not even a contest.