I've been playing the first Super Mario. (The one for the NES). Look at it with eyes unprejudiced in expectations of "fancy graphics" and it's still a good game. In fact, the level of variety and interaction it offers through an extremely simple and intuitive interface would be the envy of some of the more popular games out there today.
Modern games seem to want to use every button on the controller, and give the player the fanciest looking 10 hours of gaming that 60$ can buy. I'd rather play a modest game with a good interface then another Doom 3.
PS. A bridge collapsed in Minnesota, and there's a new state law mandating that everyone on the internet mention it. I'm doing my part.