Interesting discussions you guys got running at the moment.
I come from the SNES era, and maybe some NES thanks to a childhood neighbor. I used to spend countless hours in:
2. R-Type - GOSH! Such amazing music!
3. Zelda: A Link to the Past
4. Jurassic Park - Who doesn't like top-down dinosaur-killing action, only bested by FPS dinosaur-killing action when you entered a building?! So many scares, too!
5. Earthworm Jim!
6. Donkey Kong
7. Breath of Fire - An RPG gem that I hope to replicate in the near future.
8. And other stuff I don't remember right now!
But that's not enough! Do any of you remember the Sega Game Gear? Portable gaming goodness in full color and backlight! It only ate like 6-8 AA batteries at once! It had games like Sonic, PacMan and Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya II, which were my obssession back then.
After that I had a lime GameBoy Color (what a beautiful thang) with various Pokemon games. Then came the PS, Nintendo 64, PS2, Gamecube, PS3, Wii, Xbox360, and finally, a WiiU. There have been many wonderful games, but the most memorable (and for good reason) are the earlier ones.
Before this post turns into personal nostalgia madness, I would like to further study how platformers have covered a huuuuuge and varied array of genres, all crammed into a seemingly simple side-scrolling world. Since the type of game I'm currently developing will be a platformer, I want to introduce RPG elements along with fighting, resource-gathering, collection and (maybe) building in the best possible way. Problem is, it may or may not have an actual story to follow as I'm aiming for it to be some sort of simulator.
Now I ask you, the players, how would YOU play the game I am describing? What would make it fun for you? What can be better (regarding what I posted) in terms of previous implementations you've already experienced in other games? I may have reached a mental roadblock with this game, but it's the one I'm passionately aiming to release by the year-end or the beginning of 2014. Details will be revealed if interest sprouts!