Whew! I did not know so many of you choose money over friendship!
But anyway, I think Nintendo has done great job with mario games. They are still very traditional, but they do have more content, and are lot easier to control these days. And look better, naturally.
I mean take Super Mario 64 (N64): great game, but it had horrid camera, and very difficult controls.
-compare this to Super Mario Galaxy, that is in every way better, whilst still being same solid 3D mario action.
In fact, Super Mario Galaxy is so brilliant game, it's worth getting Wii just so you can play it!
Sadly, Zelda brand seems to be going worse by console, only remakes keepig it alive.
I also love Pokemon brand, and that has also kept strong, and gotten better by game.