When I was growing up, there was a very thick wall that divided the worlds of PC gaming and console gaming. PCs were the place to play CRPGs like
Ultima, point-and-click adventure games like Myst, and real-time strategy games like Warcraft—games with complex gameplay mechanics, stories, and worlds. Consoles were essentially home platforms for the sorts of games that would show up in arcades—platformers, action games, fighting games, and sometimes even actual arcade ports. The two worlds existed in parallel and were fairly easily distinguishable throughout the '80s and most of the '90s.
That's not true today, though. Modern consoles have basically become plug-and-play set-top gaming PCs. As a result, more and more games have tended toward the PC gaming end of the spectrum, and traditional console gaming—with its mascot characters, iconic worlds, and arcade-like controls and sensibilities—has all but died, relegated to indie development. Beloved gaming icons like
Sonic, Mega Man, and others seem like they're on life support. But there's a haven where classic gaming is still alive and kicking: Wii U.