Sequels are notorious for not being as good as the original. It seems to be universal in media, as well. Generally, the second movie, book, or video game is not as strong as the first one. With that said, there are definitely some sequels that we enjoy playing. One that comes to mind is Diddy’s Kong Quest, the sequel to Donkey Kong Country on the SNES. Diddy and Dixie make an awesome team with their abilities, and the levels were fun and creative.
When it comes to video games, I find that the sequels aren’t too bad. They’re usually similar to the first games, though it’s when they start adding 3, 4, or even 5 games to the series it starts going downhill. For example, Paper Mario. The first game was awesome, the second was great. The third was okay and then… Sticker Star.
Ah, yes, we don’t talk much about Sticker Star… Although, wasn’t Color Splash not too bad? I know you played that more than I did. I peaced-out from that franchise after the third one, I believe. Would you consider the Pokemon games as sequels to each other? They’re all remarkably similar, yet they’re insanely popular as well. While I personally enjoy most of the earlier games in the Pokemon franchise, I enjoyed the latter games as well. Generations 5 and 7 were not my favorites, but they weren’t bad.
Color Splash wasn’t bad, no. Pokemon is too popular and big for them to screw it up, I think. I would hope Nintendo knows they can’t make huge changes or else people will get mad. They took a risk with the Alola region and I think people tried it because it’s Pokemon. Mario Party is one of those games where the sequels aren’t too bad. I mean, everyone favors Mario Party 2.
Some of the Mario Party sequels weren’t too bad, no, but the ones where you needed to use the microphone and beyond started to make the franchise go downhill, in my opinion. Then there was Top 100… Ugh. A franchise that has sequels I really like is the Ace Attorney series. They all had fantastic characters and nail-biting mysteries to solve, and even the few new mechanics they added down the road were pretty good.
Yes, the later games aren’t great at all… I’m looking at you, 10. Ace Attorney is amazing. They’ve added new things here and there but it’s always worked out. I also really enjoyed Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon. I know that game is a hit or miss for some, but I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to a new game… hopefully.
I hope you get your new Luigi’s Mansion soon too! Another franchise that gets hit or miss sequels in my opinion is Harvest Moon. The earlier, simpler ones were some of the best, and I feel like some of the latter titles tried to fit too much in, you know? Some of them had several towns you could travel back and forth or “realistic” farming mechanics in that you had to count how many sun or rain points plants received… Still enjoy the series, though!
Yeah, I remember you saying you just like the calm farming without the lot of filler. I get that. Overall, the sequels for games haven’t been too bad. Well, out of the games we’ve played.