So from what I've seen, the consensus among the press and people I know seems to be that Nintendo's announcements yesterday were underwhelming and predictable. I watched the Nintendo Direct and felt the same way, but I wasn't surprised. Everything that they had seemed to be either iterative or a straight up rehash of games from "the good old days". However, despite the fact that gamers are aware of this, they still get super excited when they see the next Super Smash Bros. or Mario Kart game.
So my question is: why do people keep getting excited to pay for these same games over and over again?
From what I understand, gamers get really frustrated with Activision every time another iteration of the Call of Duty franchise comes out. So why isn't the reaction the same with Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. or Mario Kart or Super Mario 3D World or New Super Mario Bros. 20 etc.?
This isn't a personal attack on Nintendo fans. I'm just curious about how people can keep getting excited for these games from year to year. Thanks for weighing in.